#WomenInMusic Spotlight: Triple Grammy Award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington

3x Grammy Award winner Terri Lyne Carrington


In an overwhelmingly male-dominated field, masterful drummer Terri Lyne Carrington stands out not only as one of the world’s best, but an unparalleled mentor to all female musicians.

A child prodigy, Carrington started gigging professionally at the age of 10, making her the youngest person in history to receive a union card in Boston. Today, the three-time Grammy Award-winner is one of the world’s most respected drummers, bandleaders, and composers in contemporary jazz.

Carrington plays with an unerring focus, while somehow making the complexity of her craft seem effortless. Few bandleaders in jazz balance this unique mix of intensity and unbridled joy. She was the first woman to win a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category for 2013’s Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, a wild deconstruction of the Duke Ellington classic.

A renowned feminist bandleader, Terri Lyne Carrington has been a tireless advocate for gender equality in music. Carrington’s critically acclaimed 2015 album The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL celebrated gender equality like few projects before it, highlighting legendary female instrumentalists and vocalists, paying homage to the male composers that influenced them. The landmark album featured Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Nancy Wilson, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Meshell Ndegoecello, and many more.