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Tuesday October 09, 2018

From Metro

Berklee College of Music to open jazz and gender justice institute
By: Kristin Toussaint

This fall, the school will launch the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, spearheaded by Terri Lyne Carrington, a multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer and singer.

Carrington, the founder and artistic director of the new Berklee institute, said that there’s an “unspoken phrase” in the jazz world that has long steered the narrative: the men play the music and the women sing. But even beyond that, the field has been “historically biased,” on both the music and the business side, she said. “That’s what we’re trying to change and that’s what we’re saying, ‘Isn’t there something wrong with this?’” Carrington said. “Even down to the jazz standards” — widely known and performed compositions — “that we play, most all have been written by men, and it’s very difficult to find standards written by women,” she continued. “If you turn on the radio, the major radio stations, you’re still hard-pressed to hear a lot of women.”

Carrington received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music at age 11. She’s toured with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock and more, she was the house drummer on two late-night shows (“The Arsenio Hall Show” and “VIBE”) and she’s won three Grammys (best jazz vocal, best jazz instrumental and one for producing a best jazz vocal album). She’ll draw on all of this experience in order to mentor young women at Berklee who want to enter the world of jazz.

Read more about the institute here