Univ. of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar welcomes Terri Lyne Carrington

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Thursday October 30, 2014

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Drums run in the family for Terri Lyne Carrington
By Rick Nowlin

To many, especially in the jazz world, a female drummer might be considered an anomaly. While not ignoring that, Terri Lyne Carrington is trying to move forward.

“Socially it’s a little … odd, but that’s been changing for the last 20 years,” she says. “I try not to dwell on that — I have too may other things to worry about.”

That includes her taking time out of her busy schedule of performing, producing and teaching to participate in this year’s University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar, which takes place this week and culminates with the annual Saturday concert. She’s no stranger to Pitt. She’s been there “four times over the last 20 years.”

The Boston native came to music early and fairly easily, “My grandfather played the drums, and my father played, too,” she says. “I just picked them up and never put them down.” She received a scholarship at age 11 to the Berklee School of Music in her hometown, and she moved to New York when she was 18.

Among the notables she’s worked with over the years is Herbie Hancock, from 1998 to 2007. She’s also won two Grammy awards as a leader — best jazz vocal album for the 2011 “The Mosaic Project,” which featured numerous female artists, and best jazz instrumental album for last year’s “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.”

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