Terri Lyne Carrington: Embracing Her 'Real Life Story'

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Set List

Exiles Gate (Gary Thomas)

Giggles (Carrington)

Michelle (Lennon & McCartney)

Ethiopia (Mitchell)

Electric (Tim Miller)


Terri Lyne Carrington, drums

Gary Thomas, saxophone

Tim Miller, guitar

Lawrence Fields, piano

Hogyu Hwang, bass

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Terri Lyne Carrington plays with equal parts power and passion. She's deeply rooted in the classic jazz tradition, yet experiments with new sounds and rhythms that give her music a contemporary edge. And she travels with the best. Already in 2009, Dee Dee and Carrington made a U.S. State Department Tour of India, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic visit to that country by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

Born in 1965, Carrington made a big splash in 1989 with her self-produced debut record Real Life Story, collaborating with an amazing array of musicians, including tenor sax master Wayne Shorter, vocalist Dianne Reeves and two electric guitar greats, Carlos Santana and John Scofield.

The depth of Carrington's compositions and the wide scope of the music were stunning, and Real Life Story earned her a Grammy nomination. Soon Carrington found herself one of the most sought-after drummers in jazz: You may remember seeing her on TV as the house drummer on The Arsenio Hall Show, and the late-night show Vibe, hosted by Sinbad.

Besides composing and performing, Carrington is a Professor of Percussion at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston. She's set to release an update of her debut album, entitled More to Say: Real Life Story, Next Gen, embracing her grown self and her love of jazz and groove, living on the edge and in the middle, with an open mind and heart. And she sings! Our set includes Carrington's vocal interpretation of "Ethiopia," a gorgeous song by Joni Mitchell.

Her guitarist Tim Miller is an Associate Professor at Berklee. Saxophonist Gary Thomas worked in Miles Davis' band, and now directs Jazz Studies at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Recent Berklee graduate Lawrence Fields, on piano, is working with another top-tier drummer, Jeff Tain Watts. And Hogyu Hwang from Seoul, Korea — well, you're just going to have to listen for his beautiful bass, with which the Terri Lyne Carrington Group introduces "Michelle."

Credits: Thanks to Jean Thill and Kevin Struthers of the Kennedy Center. Live surround sound recording was produced by scriptwriter, Mark Schramm, with JazzSet Technical Director Duke Markos, and Greg Hartman and Sean Owen of Big Mo Recording. Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording engineer is Ginger Bruner at KUNV Las Vegas. Producer is Becca Pulliam with executive producer with Thurston Briscoe the Third, at WBGO-FM in Newark.



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