Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington, born August 4, 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts, is an American jazz drummer, composer, record producer and entrepreneur. A a Grammy-Award winning musician, Terri Lyne has played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets, and numerous others. She also toured with each of Herbie Hancock's musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) between 1997 and 2007.

Carrington first began playing the drums at the age of seven when she was given a set of drums that had belonged to her grandfather, Matt Carrington, drummer for the likes of who had played with Fats Waller and Chu Berry. After studying privately for three years, Terri Lyne gave her first major performance at the Wichita Jazz Festival with Clark Terry. At the age of eleven, Carrington received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music; she was profiled on the PBS kids' biography program, Rebop, when she was twelve.

While at Berklee College of Music, Carrington played with such musicians as Kevin Eubanks, Donald Harrison, and Greg Osby, as well as studied with legendary drummer and drum instructor, Alan Dawson.  and made a private recording entitled TLC and Friends, with Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, George Coleman and her father.

Terri Lyne CarringtonIn 2007, Carrington was appointed professor at Berklee College of Music, her alma mater, where she also received an honorary doctorate in 2003. She also serves as Artistic Director of the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

Carrington's solo albums, which feature her as drummer, composer and bandleader, include Real Life Story (1989), Jazz Is a Spirit (2002), Structure (2004), More to Say (2009), and The Mosaic Project (2011) which won the 2012 Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Vocal Album". On August 7, 2015, Carrington released her second installment of The Mosaic Project, subtitled Love and Soul, has a stronger R&B influence and once again features an all-star group of female musicians — Valerie Simpson, Nancy Wilson, Lizz Wright and Chaka Khan.

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