Terri Lyne Carrington Tackles Gender in Jazz

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Friday March 01, 2019

From The Bay State Banner

Terri Lyne Carrington tackles gender in Jazz with new institute at Berklee College
By: Scott Haas

Terri Lyne Carrington, three-time Grammy award-winning jazz drummer, producer and composer extraordinaire, founded the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice in November 2018. Now in its first semester, under the direction of Aja Burrell Wood, the Institute is bringing to Boston ideas and opportunities to question and resolve barriers at the intersection of gender and music.

‘I think people, even if they don’t realize it, don’t expect women to play certain instruments,’ Carrington told the Banner. ‘Like drums. Or the trumpet. Women are expected to limit themselves in music to the violin or flute, or to sing. This is the first thing that women in jazz face every day.’

Carrington’s work as a performer informs the goals that she and Wood have set for the Institute.

‘I realized the importance of being a woman in jazz when I played as part of a trio with Geri Allen and Esperanza Spalding,’ says Carrington. ‘Guys don’t have to go through that type of awareness.’

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