Doris Duke Artist Awards

Terri Lyne Carrington


Boston, Massachusetts

With technical wizardry and profound creativity, Terri Lyne Carrington, a 2019 Doris Duke Artist in the jazz category, has become one of the giants of today’s jazz music. A three-time GRAMMY Award-winning drummer, composer and producer, Carrington began her professional career at only 10 years old and received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music at the age of 11. She is the first female artist to ever win the GRAMMY Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, which she received for her 2013 work, “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.” Over the four-decade-plus span of her career, she has played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lester Bowie, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, John Scofield, Pharoah Sanders and Esperanza Spalding, among countless other jazz luminaries.

To date, she has released eight albums, including her 2015 work, “The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL,” which features a leading cast of superb female instrumentalists and vocalists, such as Regina Carter, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Ingrid Jensen, Chaka Khan, Ledisi, Meshell Ndegeocello, Linda Oh, Patrice Rushen, Nancy Wilson, Lizz Wright and others. Carrington also combined forces with David Murray and the late Geri Allen to form the MAC Power Trio. Their 2016 release, “Perfection,” is a tribute to Ornette Coleman.

Carrington has collaborated with acclaimed visual artists Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Weems, and has curated musical presentations at Harvard University, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the John F. Kennedy Center. She was appointed professor at her alma mater in 2005 and is currently the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, whose mission is to recruit, teach, mentor and advocate for young musicians seeking to study jazz with gender equity as a guiding principle.  She is also the artistic director for the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop, and co-artistic director of The Carr Center in Detroit. The forthcoming release of her new band, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science,  is entitled “Waiting Game,” a double album featuring project pianist Aaron Parks and guitarist Matt Stevens, that comments on social justice issues.   

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