2016 Honorary Member
Terri Lyne Carrington's career as drummer, composer, producer, and media entrepreneur spans nearly forty years, having begun while a child prodigy in a jazz family in the Boston area. Her drum studies began at age 7, her first professional job as a jazz drummer came at age 10, and at age 11 she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music (where she holds an honorary doctorate and has recently become a professor). Though the “played-with” list of jazz giants continued through her childhood, she quickly became recognized as a first-tier session and touring drummer, especially through her work with genre-bending jazz and fusion artists including Wayne Shorter and David Sanborn, and a long association with Herbie Hancock—she was a member of all three of Hancock’s touring bands (acoustic and electric) from 1997 to 2007. In the late 1980s, she was the house drummer on the Arsenio Hall Show, while also shifting her focus to writing and producing for both her own projects and those of other artists (including Diane Reeves). Her recent work as a musician-producer has tended toward large-scale cross-genre, cross-generational collaborations. She received a 2011 Grammy for Jazz Vocal for her Mosaic Project (2011), a collaboration of women music artists. In 2013 she became the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental album for Money Jungle: Provocation in Blue. A local treasure, Carrington was born in Medford, MA, studied and now teaches at Berklee, and is Artistic Director of Boston’s Beantown Jazz Festival. More extensive information on her musical activities can be found at http://www.terrilynecarrington.com/.