Terri Lyne Carrington

415 – Terri Lyne Carrington: Focused on the future

It would be easy for Terri Lyne Carrington to sit back and relax based on her previous accomplishments. Carrington was the youngest person to ever get a musician’s union card (age 10) received a scholarship to Berklee at age 11 and from there has gone on to work with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Woody Shaw, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Esperanza Spalding, Yellowjackets, and countless others. As if that wasn’t impressive enough she was a late night TV drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show and has won three Grammy Awards. She’s also the first female to win a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Terri currently holds the position of Zildjian Chair in Performance, Berklee Global Jazz Institute and is also the Artistic Director for both the Beantown Jazz Festival and Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, and Co-Artistic Director of The Carr Center, Detroit, MI.

Terri Lyne Carrington talks about:

  • Growing up in a musical family
  • Getting a Berklee scholarship at age 11
  • Balancing school and gigging
  • Struggles she’s faced as a female in a male-dominated field
  • The need for gender equality in the music business and beyond
  • Why she never dwells on past accomplishments
  • Advice for up and coming female drummers
  • Much more

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