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Friday August 04, 2017

From The Daily Item

DRUMMING UP INTEREST IN NEWPORT
By: Bill Brotherton

Terri Lyne Carrington never met her grandfather, Mattie Carrington, a talented drummer and one of the greatest musicians to ever come out of Lynn. He died about a month before Terri Lyne, who celebrates her 52nd birthday tomorrow, was born.

“Even though I never met him, I am connected to him. I took a liking to drums at age 7,” said Terri Lyne, a Grammy-winning drummer, composer and bandleader who has collaborated with many giants of both jazz and pop music.

On Saturday, Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spalding will participate in “Flying Toward the Sound: For Geri, With Love” at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. It’s a tribute to their good friend Geri Allen, the acclaimed pianist who died in June at age 60 of cancer. The three were booked to perform at Newport; pianists Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran and Christian Sands will take Allen’s place.

One day, more than four decades ago, Terri Lyne’s dad Sonny, a Lynn native and sax player who shared stages with the likes of James Brown, Sam Cooke and BB King, brought Mattie Carrington’s Slingerland drum set up from the basement. For Terri Lyne, it was love at first rimshot. Her dad immediately realized she had the chops.

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