Terri Lyne Carrington Advocates

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Tuesday May 28, 2019


Terri Lyne Carrington Advocates for Jazz, Justice and Gender
By: Wendy Taucher

“It’s no secret that jazz holds a significant position in African-American history and American cultural life, overall.

‘Jazz’s birth as an African-American art form came into being as a way of expressing one’s self as a whole and authentic person,’ says Terri Lyne Carrington. ‘Early practitioners were doing something their oppressors could not do.’

Yet, while the music genre has always been culturally diverse, there is very little gender equity in the jazz world. Jazz is still predominately peopled by male musicians, most of the cannon is written by men, and the issues young, female jazz artists face aren’t generally issues for young, male artists.

These elements are what makes Carrington, as a successful, female jazz drummer, a rare bird. So, she’s out to change that equation.

Carrington serves as the Zildjian Chair in Performance for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and is artistic director of Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop. She’s also a highly successful drummer, composer, educator, producer, bandleader, activist and entrepreneur. She is the first woman to have won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album; plus, she’s won two other Grammys. As a drummer, Carrington has traveled the world, playing with greats like Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Wayne Shorter and Clark Terry, and she was the drummer for The Arsenio Hall Show.”

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