The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has delighted tens of thousands with a host of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Our communities come out in force—with attendance swelling to 70,000 strong at its height—to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great eats, and good times stretching across six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Families are entertained with face painting, inflatables, photos, and an instrument petting zoo. More than 70 vendors participate, making the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival the place to be.
For the fourth year, Berklee College of Music is the proud recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. In awarding the prestigious Art Works grant to Berklee, the NEA cited the festival's celebration of Boston’s diversity, as reflected in its attendees, music, food, and crafts. Under the artistic direction of Terri Lyne Carrington, the theme for the 2013 festival is "Jazz: The Next Generation."
“Mentoring has always been an important part of the continuance and advancement of jazz, so we are proud to recognize some mentor-mentee relationships with the coming year's festival,” says Carrington. “The next generation of creative musicians is quite strong and, having stood on the shoulders of their predecessors, is now hopefully prepared for unlimited boundaries. How exciting to witness and be a part of this process!”
Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, producer, and Berklee professor Terri Lyne Carrington was born in 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. After an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, and more, she returned to her hometown. Back on her home turf, she’s recording, performing, and teaching percussion at Berklee, her alma mater.
Carrington, a 2003 Berklee honorary doctorate recipient, gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and the Quincy Jones-produced late night TV show VIBE, hosted by Sinbad. In 1989, she released a Grammy-nominated debut CD, Real Life Story, which featured Carlos Santana, Grover Washington, Jr., Dianne Reeves, and Wayne Shorter. She has worked as a producer in collaboration with several artists, and her production of Dianne Reeves's Grammy-nominated album, That Day, helped the album reach the top of the charts. Other side projects include Hancock’s Grammy Award–winning album Gershwin’s World, on which she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder.
Carrington's album The Mosaic Project earned her a Grammy Award in 2012 for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Featuring a “who’s who” of female jazz artists (from Berklee alumna/2011 Best New Artist Grammy recipient Esperanza Spalding ’05 and Nona Hendryx to Hailey Niswanger ’11 and Geri Allen), the album is composed of original tracks penned by Carrington as well as Carrington’s arrangements of featured artists’ songs. Her latest album, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Money Jungle, a pivotal 1963 trio recording by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. Carrington wrote all new arrangements of Ellington's music for the album, which also includes two of her original compositions and features pianist Gerald Clayton.