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Terri Lyne Carrington and Dorthaan Kirk are "Women of Influence" at our Livestream Fundraising Event

Terri Lyne Carrington
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WBGO’s Second Annual Livestream Fundraising Event, this Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT, will celebrate "Women of Influence" — from musicians to management, community advocates to NEA Jazz Masters. Among the honorees are drummer, composer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington and WBGO's own Dorthaan Kirk, both recent recipients of the NEA Jazz Masters fellowship

"WBGO is important to me because it's been there throughout my whole career," says Carrington. "It's supported not just me but so many artists in our community. I can't imagine being a jazz musician without WBGO, and I'm thrilled to be able to lend my support to help keep the music thriving and growing and accessible to all."

Kirk, a founder of WBGO, recalls meeting Carrington many years ago, "when she was just a little girl." She adds: "I've had the privilege to watch her grow over the years, and indeed become a very accomplished part of the jazz community — not just performing, but educating as well."

In addition to Kirk and Carrington, WBGO's "Women of Influence" event will honor Gail Boyd, the prominent artist manager behind Alternative Venues for Jazz, and Linda C. Harrison, Director & CEO of The Newark Museum of Art. Featured performers will include Artemis, the all-women supergroup; Next Jazz Legacy, featuring Carrington as a special guest; Catherine Russell and Bria Skonberg; and the Women of Influence All-Stars, with Lakecia Benjamin on saxophone, Regina Carter on violin, Carla Cook on vocals, Miki Hayama on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, and Shirazette Tinnin on drums.

The livestream will start at 7 p.m., EDT on June 22, and will remain available through midnight on Sunday, June 26. Purchase tickets here.

Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 250 awards from organizations like PRNDI (now PMJA), AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.