Support group: Musician always there to lend a hand

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Friday March 28, 2014


Support group: Musician always there to lend a hand
By Tony Sauro

Terri Lyne Carrington has spent most of her jazz career supporting and mentoring other musicians.

She’s a Grammy Award-winning drummer – though she resists the “woman-drummer” label – and a professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

So, it’s completely logical that she’d refer to her relationship with 29-year-old bassist Esperanza Spalding, one of jazz’s most promising young talents, by saying:

“We just played together. I learn from her and she learns from me. Musically, I feel we’re kind of like-minded. I have a kindred spirit with her, obviously.”

Maybe less apparent: Carrington, 45, made history this year as the first woman to win a Grammy for “best jazz instrumental album” (2013’s “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue”). It’s a tribute to Duke Ellington.

“Oh, it was great,” said Carrington – in a casual and modest tone – of such peer recognition. “I’m just really happy about what it’s doing for the resurgence of my career. It’s special. I felt it was important to all women.”

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