Past Event

Session 4: Race, Gender and the Culture of Equality

On the bandstand and off, Terri Lyne Carrington is one of the most forceful presences in jazz. Her work as drummer, composer, bandleader, producer, educator and activist has advanced an empowering vision of jazz as an art form while defeating stereotypes and clichés. Her current working band, Social Science, she says, “addresses issues of freedom, racism, sexism, sexual/gender identities and multiculturalism, with the understanding that creativity saves lives.”

For this event, Carrington will perform in a trio, with pianist Kris Davis and electronic music artist Val Jeanty (aka Val-Inc.). Following the music, host Larry Blumenfeld will moderate a discussion with Carrington, Jeanty, and author and lecturer Greg Tate about the intersection of issues regarding race and gender in the jazz community and the wider world.


Meet the Artists:
Drummer, producer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington was the first female musician to win a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album (she’s won 3 overall). When she began her career at age 10, she was the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston, Mass. Her four-decade career since has included work with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Geri Allen and Esperanza Spalding, among others. Her acclaimed albums include “The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL,” which features a leading cast of stellar female instrumentalists and vocalists. In 2005, she returned to the Berklee College of Music, which she had attended on a full scholarship, to serve as Zildjian Chair in Performance, Berklee Global Jazz Institute. At the 2018 Jazz Congress, she was awarded the Bruce Lundvall Visionary Award, given annually in recognition of “extraordinary leadership and vision in making a difference for the artists, the music, and the audience.”


Jazz and Social Justice: A Salon with Music
This ongoing series connects the music we love with the social issues that matter to us all. Each salon blends live performance with conversation between artists, activists, and experts. Curated and hosted by journalist Larry Blumenfeld, whose previous NJMIH programs discussed Afro-Cuban influence and HBO “Treme.”