MJF Artist in Residence: Terri Lyne Carrington

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Thursday September 15, 2016

From Monterey County Weekly

Terri Lyne Carrington
By: Walter Ryce

Terri Lyne Carrington teaches music at Berklee College of Music, her alma mater. She played drums on the Arsenio Hall Show in the ’80s, and for Quincy Jones’ late night show Vibe, hosted by Sinbad, in the ’90s. She’s worked with a list of influential musicians like Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding. She’s put out five CDs of music she either wrote or co-wrote, and led her own bands, most notably the all-women ensembles of the Mosaic Project. And she’s a three-time Grammy winner. She spoke to the Weekly in advance of her appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Weekly: What does it mean to you to be the festival’s artist-in-residence?

Carrington: It’s a great honor. There are a lot of amazing musicians that have been the artist-in-residence, and I’m happy to be in that company. I come to the Jazz Festival as often as I can.

What’s your guiding principle for who to play with or bring into your band?

I like modern players, people who have been through all the tradition and understand bebop, postbop and all that. I also like to hear they are stepping forward with something that feels like new ground. I’m a stickler for sound. I really appreciate a good sound on any instrument. I like a certain soulful quality but not too steeped in the blues. It’s also the feeling of the person; how they play is generally how they are as a person.

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