Terri Lyne Carrington

2020-21 and 2021-22 MIT Sounding Series

"... a mix of simmering tension and restless forward movement”

— The New York Times

Terri Lyne Carrington. Credit: Tracy Love/Courtesy of the artist.
Terri Lyne Carrington. Credit: John Watson/Courtesy of the artist.

Under the auspices of CAST’s MIT Sounding series, It Must Be Now!, led by Fred Harris, brings together three leading musicians to collectively compose a large-scale work for MIT musicians on the overall theme of racial justice.

NEA Jazz Master and three-time GRAMMY® award-winning drummer, producer, and educator, Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career as a “kid wonder” while studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In the mid ’80’s she worked as an in-demand drummer in New York before gaining national recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for both the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show.

While still in her 20’s, Carrington toured extensively with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, among others, and in 1989 released a Grammy-nominated debut CD on Verve Forecast, Real Life Story. In 2011 she released the Grammy award-winning album, The Mosaic Project, featuring a cast of all-star women instrumentalists and vocalists, and in 2013 she released, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, which also earned a Grammy award, establishing her as the first woman ever to win in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.

To date Carrington has performed on over 100 recordings and has toured or recorded with luminary artists such as Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Yellowjackets, Esperanza Spalding, and many more. Additionally, Carrington is an honorary doctorate recipient from Berklee, and currently serves as Founder and Artistic Director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

In 2019, Carrington was granted the Doris Duke Artist Award, a prestigious acknowledgement in recognition of her past and ongoing contributions to jazz music. Her current band project, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science (a collaboration with Aaron Parks and Matthew Stevens), released their debut album, Waiting Game, in November 2019 on Motema Music.

Waiting Game was nominated for a 2021 Grammy award and has been celebrated as one of the best jazz releases of 2019 by Rolling Stone, Downbeat, The Boston Globe, and Popmatters. Downbeat describes the album as, “a two-disc masterstroke on par with Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 hip-hop classic, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’…” Carrington was named as JazzTimes Critics’ Poll Artist of the Year, Jazz Artist of the Year by The Boston Globe, and Jazz Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

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