Terri Lyne Carrington


Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science was born from a need to express the emotions and thoughts about where we are socially, historically, politically, and spiritually. This “Alternative Jazz” band reflects a contemporary/post-modern view on music – an eclectic stylistic blend, borrowing from jazz, indie rock, contemporary classical, R&B, and free improvisation. It’s jazz for the here and now, reflecting the musical and social atmosphere of today. The artists create and interpret music based on relative truths, addressing issues of freedom, racism, fluidity, and multiculturalism, with the understanding that “Creativity Saves Lives.” Carrington says, “I feel it is our job as artists, to carry out the responsibility of reporting, commenting and even educating, about what is going on in the societies we are a part of – regarding humanity, politics and anything else that effects our freedom or life condition. When we choose to be passive, we’re choosing an easier route, but complacency has its consequences.”

Celebrating 40 years in music, three-time Grammy Award winning drummer, composer and educator, Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career at ten years old, being the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston, MA. She was featured as a “kid wonder” in many publications such as People, EBONY, and Modern Drummer magazines, among others. After studying under a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Carrington worked as an in-demand musician in New York City, and later moved to Los Angeles, where she was a late night TV drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show. Throughout her extensive touring and recording career, she has worked with luminary artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Pharoah Sanders, David Murray, John Scofield, Esperanza Spalding, Yellowjackets, and countless others. In 2005, Carrington returned to her hometown where she was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. In 2018, she was appointed as the Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. She is also the Artistic Director for both the Beantown Jazz Festival and the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop.

To date, Carrington has released eight albums, most recently The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL, which features a leading cast of superb female instrumentalists and vocalists including Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Nancy Wilson, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Lizz Wright, Ingrid Jensen, Meshell Ndegoecello, Linda Oh, Patrice Rushen, Regina Carter and others. In addition to The Mosaic Project, Carrington recently combined forces with David Murray and Geri Allen to form the MAC Power Trio. Their current release is a tribute to Ornette Coleman, entitled Perfection.