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TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON:   I DO NOT LISTEN JAZZ TOO MUCH

 

 

Terri Lyne Carrington - composer, singer, and one of the best female jazz drummers. She played with Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets, and many others. Terry graduated from Berklee College of Music at the age of eleven. Now Terri Lyne is a professor of Berklee College of Music, as well as the director of the International Jazz Festival in Boston.

 

Carrington says her musical style "was involved on the basis of traditional jazz", and admits, "I do not listen to a lot of jazz but sometimes I listen to new records that are brought to me by my students. I mostly listen to R & B and hip-hop. I love music which affects the depth of my soul. Of course, I love jazz, but I'm interested in it also for work, analyzing it, passing it through me!".

After the concert in Baku, Terri told the magazine something about herself.

 

Ian: Terri, congratulations on a wonderful performance. Were you able to see the sights of Baku?

Terri: It's nice to see you again. No, we arrived at 3:30 am. Unfortunately, I have not been able to go anywhere. I have no enough time. But I feel that the people here are warm, they are showing the most positive emotions.

 

Ian: When did you picked up the drumsticks at first time?

Terri: At the age of seven I got a drum set that belonged to my grandfather Matt Carrington. My dad played the saxophone, he was also president of the Boston jazz community. When he took notes, I wanted to play with them, always wanted to go out with my father on one scene. I remember I was sitting next to Clark Terry. That's what I remember. I had a chance to learn from many other artists. God really blessed me with all these experiences.

 

Ian: Do you play any other instruments?

Terri: I play elementary pieces on the piano, to write songs. But this is not serious, because I can not waste time on a global study of other instruments. I took piano lessons, I would like to study the acoustic bass, at least a few lessons.

 

Ian: Does someone affect your taste in music today?

Terri: It is impossible to answer this question. At this time, I listen to a lot of hip-hop. This is the music that I love. But in parallel, I like very much old works, like Joni Mitchell.

 

Ian: The women were in jazz for a long time - what are you doing that man can't do?

Terri: Femininity, aesthetics affect our skills. Sometimes, maybe I'm too sensitive, and I think it reflects on the state of the play. But in general, I see no difference. In me there is also a lot of male energy, which manifests itself when necessary.

 

Ian: You play the music of Duke Ellington, how hard it is - to approach the music of Ellington?

Terri: I made the arrangements. Of course, at first, I was a little nervous, but time has shown that everything is in order. Of course, we are talking about freedom and self-expression.

 

Ian: Thank you for the excellent performance, good luck

 

IAN PEART. Jazz Dunyasi