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Terri Lyne Carrington: Setting new standards

Terri Lyne Carrington
Michael Goldman
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Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington is not on a mission. She’s on a slew of missions. As a drummer, bandleader, music director, artistic director, educator and community advocate, Carrington is involved with numerous projects and organizations. As a drummer, she’s featured on Wayne Shorter’s latest album, Live at the Detroit Jazz Festival. As a bandleader, she’s just released new Standards, Vol. 1 which features 11 songs from a book of music she’s published, New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers.

new Standards, Vol. 1
Terri Lyne Carrington's new Standards, Vol. 1

Carrington also serves as the artistic director for the Carr Center in Detroit, where she curated a multi-media project highlighting the contributions of women in jazz. Finally, she is the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, which is leading the way in addressing the issues of gender equity in jazz, a subject about which she’s been passionate for many years. Carrington and Berklee partnered with New Music USA to create Next Jazz Legacy, a new national apprenticeship program for women and non-binary improvisers in jazz, with the intersection of gender and race as a guiding principle.

Next Jazz Legacy Awardees

She recently spoke with WBGO’s Lezlie Harrison about these projects and how important it is to bring about gender equity in jazz. “I have been in awe of Terri Lyne for over 40 years since I was introduced to this ‘young female drummer’ by her cousin Carol, who was my housemate when I was student at the UMass/Amherst,” says Harrison. “It has been more than inspiring to witness her history-making journey to become a NEA Jazz Master who is clearing a path for the next generation of women in jazz to not only be performers, but also producers, educators and authors.”

Watch their conversation here:

Terri Lyne Carrington + Lezlie Harrison.mp4

For over 27 years, Lee Mergner served as an editor and publisher of JazzTimes until his resignation in January 2018. Thereafter, Mergner continued to regularly contribute features, profiles and interviews to the publication as a contributing editor for the next 4+ years. JazzTimes, which has won numerous ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards for music journalism, was founded in 1970 and was described by the All Music Guide, as “arguably the finest jazz magazine in the world.”