This series continues with acclaimed drummer, composer, producer, clinician, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington. After an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Dianne Reeves, and more, she recently returned to her hometown of Medford, Massachusetts, and was appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music. Carrington also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 2003.
After studying under full scholarship at Berklee, with the encouragement of her mentor, Jack DeJohnette, Carrington moved to New York in 1983. For five years she was a much in-demand musician, working with James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, and others. In the late '80s she relocated to Los Angeles, where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for The Arsenio Hall Show, then again in the late '90s as the drummer on the Quincy Jones late night TV show Vibe, hosted by Sinbad.
In 1989, Carrington released a Grammy-nominated debut CD, Real Life Story, featuring Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Robert Irving III, Greg Osby, Don Alias, and Hiram Bullock. Other solo CDs include 2002’s Jazz Is a Spirit, featuring Herbie Hancock, Gary Thomas, Wallace Roney, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks, and Bob Hurst, and 2004's Structure, a cooperative group that features Adam Rogers, Jimmy Haslip, and Greg Osby. Both CDs were released on the Europe-based ACT Music label and enjoyed considerable media attention and critical acclaim in the European and Japanese markets.
Her production collaborations with such artists as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson, Dianne Reeves, Siedah Garrett, and Marilyn Scott have produced notable works as well, including a special song commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games, "Always Reach for Your Dreams" (featuring Peabo Bryson), and her production of the Dianne Reeves Grammy-nominated
CD That Day, which hovered at the top of the music charts for many months.
Carrington has played on many recordings throughout the '80s and '90s to today. Notable examples of her work include Herbie Hancock's Grammy-winning CD Gershwin's World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She has toured with each of Hancock's musical configurations (from electric to acoustic) over the last 10 years and is featured on his Future2Future DVD.
The 2009/2010 series Berklee Artists Series at Scullers will include Greg Osby; Donna McElroy; Marc Rossi; Gabrielle Goodman; Six Guitar Brothers: David Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, David Thomas, James Peterson, Thaddeus Hogath, Bill Banfield, and George Russell Jr.; Lenny Stallworth; Stan Strickl; and Kenwood Dennard.
The concert series is arranged by Fred Taylor, Scullers' artistic director, and produced by Bill Banfield, professor of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music.