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Watch a concert by the Next Jazz Legacy band, led by Terri Lyne Carrington, at Yamaha Studio NYC

Next Jazz Legacy ensemble at Yamaha Studio NYC

Watch this space for a WBGO Livestream Event on Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m. EDT.

NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington is also the director of Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, which continues to uplift and encourage the next generation of musicians. To that end, Terri Lyne is the Artist Director of an apprenticeship/mentorship program, Next Jazz Legacy, for women and nonbinary artists. From 87 applicants, seven were chosen.

They are: Lexi Hammer and Kalia Vandever on trombones, Loke Risberg and Keyanna Hutchinson on guitars, Alexis Lombre and Anastassiya Petrova on piano, and Ivanna Cuesta on drums. For our concert at Yamaha Studio NYU, they were joined by bassist Tyrone Allen.

And for the last two songs, Terri Lyne joined the group as they played her arrangement of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" as well as an original, "Samsara," which she wrote for Wayne Shorter. It was an awesome evening of music; jazz is in good hands.

Next Jazz Legacy is a partnership between New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, with support from the Mellon Foundation. For more information about the initiative, visit the official website.

Sheila E. Anderson, whose moniker, “Queen of Hang,” is a mover and shaker in the world of art, most notably in jazz. Much focus is placed upon the artists and rightfully so, yet Ms. Anderson is feeding and affecting the scene in myriad ways. She has always taken on the challenges of creating opportunities for herself, developing formats that exist outside the box. In addition to being an on-air-host she is an author, a writer, emcee and moderator. In 1995, she was hired by WBGO, Newark, 88.3FM to host Sunday Morning Harmony, where she now hosts Weekend Jazz After Hours, Salon Sessions and the Sunday Night Music Mix. Ms. Anderson has learned from the musicians whom she spins, "I feel as though radio programming should function much like a live performance. My best shows happen when I am feeling completely free to move with a certain flow and program according to my emotions," Ms. Anderson explains. These are not the words of some novice who just likes jazz music.