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Terri Lyne Carrington

Background information
Born August 4, 1965 (1965-08-04) (age 44)
Origin Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Pop Jazz, R&B
Occupations Drummer, Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1983–present
Labels Verve Forecast Records, ACT Records, Sonic Portraits Entertainment
Website [1]

Terri Lyne Carrington (born 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts) is a jazz drummer, composer, and record producer. She has played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, and many more. She has toured with each of Hancock's musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) between 1997 and 2007.

In 2007 she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, which is also where she received an honorary doctorate in 2003.



At 7, Carrington was given a set of drums which had belonged to her grandfather, Matt Carrington, who had played with Fats Waller and Chu Berry. After studying privately for three years, she played her first major performance at the Wichita Jazz Festival with Clark Terry. At age 11 she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. At 12 years old she was profiled on the PBS kids' biography program Rebop.

At Berklee College of Music she played with leading musicians such as Kevin Eubanks, Donald Harrison, Greg Osby and others. She also studied under master drum instructor Alan Dawson and made a private recording entitled, TLC and Friends, with Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, George Coleman and her father, Sonny Carrington, before turning 17.

Throughout high school she traveled across the country doing clinics at various schools and colleges.

Professional career

In 1983, encouraged by her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Carrington moved to New York, where she worked with Stan Getz, James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, David Sanborn, and others.

In the late 1980s she relocated to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for "The Arsenio Hall Show", then again in the late 1990s as the drummer on the late night TV show "VIBE", hosted by Sinbad.

Terri Lyne Carrington and Herbie Hancock

Carrington has been on tour several times as a backing drummer for other musicians, and has toured the United States and Europe as a bandleader performing her own music. In May 2007 she appeared at one of the largest free jazz festivals in the states, the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

In recent years, Carrington has concentrated her efforts on writing and producing her own work, including Real Life Story (her 1989 Grammy-nominated debut CD), Jazz is a Spirit (2002), and Structure (2004). In 1996 she collaborated with Peabo Bryson on "Always Reach For Your Dreams," a song commissioned for the 1996 Olympic Games.

Future work

Carrington has prepared a new album, More To Say.... As of March 2009 it is scheduled for release on May 5, 2009.[1] Most of the 15 tracks on the CD are written or co-written by Carrington.


External links

Partial discography

  • Real Life Story (1989)
  • Jazz is a Spirit (2002)
  • Structure (2004)
  • More to Say (2009)


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