Terri Lyne Carrington Interview, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock: “We’re not really in control…”

Terri talks about her “calling” to music, hanging out with Ella Fitzgerand who introduced to Oscar Peterson (at age 11) and how this changed the trajectory of her life… fitting in with “the guys” but softening over time, why she started making her own LPs and becoming an artist (VERY cool), great stories about playing with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Yellowjackets, Nona Hendryx, Bill Withers… the origins of her current band and how they put Waiting Game together, the process of combining music with emotionally heavy songs, focusing on the good, funniest thing that happened to her on stage (playing with Stevie Wonder), honesty & authenticity and much more. INCREDIBLY cool vibes, great convo with a lovely human being!

Terri Lyne Carrington is a 3 time GRAMMY award-winning drummer, producer, and educator. At 10 years old, she became the youngest person to receive a music union card in Boston. After attending Berklee on a full scholarship, Terri worked as an in-demand session player in New York City, and later moved to LA, gaining recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for both the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show, hosted by Sinbad. While still in her 20’s, Terri toured extensively with Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock and has since toured or recorded with top artists like Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Yellowjackets, Esperanza Spalding, John Scofield, Eric Marienthal, Mulgrew Miller, George Duke, Nona Hendryx, Mike Stern, and many more. 

Terri’s new Grammy Nominated LP, Waiting Game, her 9th solo LP… was done with her band Social Science. The LP was recognized as one of the best jazz releases of 2019 by Rolling Stone, Downbeat, and others, and Terri was named JazzTimes Critics Polls’ Artist of the Year, Jazz Artist of the Year by Boston Globe, and Jazz Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Terri was also the first (and only) woman to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental LP, which she did in 2014 for her LP Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

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