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Terri Lyne Carrington


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Terri Lyne Carrington (born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1965) is a world-renowned drummer, composer, producer and clinician.

At seven, she was given her first set of drums, which had belonged to her grandfather, Matt Carrington. He had played with Fats Waller and Chu Berry. After studying privately for three years, she played her first major performance at the Wichita Jazz Festival with Clark Terry. At age 11 she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. At 12 years old she was profiled on the PBS kids’ biography program Rebop.

At Berklee College of Music she played with leading musicians such as Kevin Eubanks, Donald Harrison, Greg Osby and others. She also studied under master drum instructor Alan Dawson and made a private recording entitled, TLC and Friends, with Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, George Coleman and her father, Sonny Carrington, before turning 17.

Throughout high school she traveled across the country doing clinics at various schools and colleges.


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  • OptimusPunx

    she used to play drums in my noise/grind project

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • LaIndie

    Shout out to my cousin ;-) One of the best female drummers of this century.

    21 Aug 2010 Reply
  • john07734

    always dug her!!! i kept putting her against Lenny,Omar,Billy but nobody would believe me. what would happen of you put : ME SHELLE NDEGEOCELLO-CANDY DULFER-HIROMI-ALPHA ANDERSON,LUCY MARTIN(CHIC STRINGS)-TERRI LYNE-RACHELLE FARELLE ON ONE STAGE?

    1 Jan 2010 Reply

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