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Thursday September 24, 2015

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Longtime Beantown Jazz Fest Director Carrington Is Bringing Her Own Band This Year
By: Jeremy D. Goodwin

Terri Lyne Carrington says she didn’t deliberately set out to feature rising female artists when she put together the lineup for the 15th annual Beantown Jazz Festival. But if that’s the end result, so be it — it does fit right in with her own attention-grabbing musical activities.

Carrington, a Medford native who has served as artistic director of this festival for about half of its lifetime, had long been an in-demand drummer and producer when her 2011 album “The Mosaic Project” won her the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. For that effort, she assembled a shifting, all-female ensemble of more than 20 jazz musicians, including Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and Sheila E.

Now, Beantown Jazz Festival will be the venue for the local debut of music from Carrington’s sequel to that album, “The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul,” released in August. (In fact, she’s only played two gigs highlighting the album so far.)

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