Terri Lyne Carrington continues to beat her own drum and push jazz forward.

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Thursday March 12, 2020

From WBUR – The ARTery

Beating Her Own Drum, Terri Lyne Carrington Continues To Push Jazz Forward
By: Charley Ruddell

“I hope you’re enjoying this music because it can be heavy,’ says Terri Lyne Carrington to the crowd at her recent Tiny Desk Concert. There’s an old-school quality to that line, like it could have been said by Miles Davis or Charles Mingus, but it carries a significant weight coming from the voice of a black woman behind the drums

Leading up to the early 1980s, female instrumentalists were a heavily underrepresented minority in jazz. Carrington’s career was already beginning to swing by then, though her later success as a drummer was affected by a jazz community that often overlooks women. ‘I think it’s not as natural for people to support women instrumentalists,’ she says over a phone call, as players like Alice Coltrane and Lil Hardin Armstrong come to mind.

Carrington was born into a unique situation. Raised in Medford, Massachusetts, she was surrounded by jazz royalty at a young age. Her father Sonny played saxophone with the likes of Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Dizzy Gillespie, both early witnesses to her early prodigal endeavors on the drum set. She would often tag along to her father’s gigs and perch herself on a drum throne to perform, leaving audiences stunned. Lawrence Berk, founder of Berklee College of Music, offered Carrington a full scholarship after witnessing one of her performances when she was just 11 years old.”

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