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Monday November 12, 2018

From Daily Bruin

Grammy award winner encourages equal gender representation in jazz concert
By: Max Flora

Terri Lyne Carrington received a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music at the age of 11.

Now a Grammy award-winning drummer and vocalist, Carrington will perform at Royce Hall on Friday. In 2013, she became the first woman to ever receive a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. Come Friday, she will take the stage alongside jazz vocalists like Lizz Wright, paying tribute to artists who have heavily influenced her. Although the show will feature female vocalists and celebrate female musicians, Carrington said she does not want this to be a political statement. She said an ensemble of both men and women should not be an unusual occurrence, though women are currently less represented in jazz. Her recent work at Berklee has focused on improving the representation of all genders in the genre.

“I felt like I had to do as much as I could to bring attention to the inequity in our field,” she said. “And it might help women or gender-nonconforming people.”

[…] Carrington said when her band performs at Royce Hall, she hopes UCLA students will walk away with newer ideas of gender representation in music. She said change is a slow process, but young people are the best catalyst for progress.

“Most movements have happened because of young people. We have to keep plugging away because you just never know how your actions have a ripple effect,” Carrington said. “It’s about changing the culture – the culture of the music.”

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