Terri Lyne Carrington is a Grammy-winning drummer, percussionist, composer, bandleader, and producer. Her signature, and often-emulated funky drumming style has been applied to many different settings, from jazz and soul to rock, blues, and crossover classical music. She is among the first significant female drummers in jazz and has worked extensively with Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and many others. After beginning her recording career with bassist Rufus Reid's trio, she released Real Life Story, her Grammy-nominated leader debut in 1989. She spent the next 12 years as one of jazz's most in-demand drummers. After assuming the leader mantle again for 2002's acclaimed Jazz Is a Spirit, she began working in that capacity regularly, while continuing her work as a session and touring musician.
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