Terri Lyne Carrington, a jazz drummer who just won her fourth Grammy, travelled to Toronto’s York University for a three-day residence where students and the general public may hear her perform and take classes from the accomplished musician.
For the album New Standards Vol. 1, which she co-wrote with Canadian composer Kris Davis, guitarist Matthew Stevens, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and trumpeter Nicholas Payton, Carrington was awarded best instrumental jazz album of the year. She was the first woman to win in her category in 2014, making history.
Last year, Carrington received an honorary doctorate from York University. She claims that coming back to mentor youngsters as part of the university’s Oscar Peterson residence programme is a chance to advance jazz and play a role in its future.
She claims that in addition to the young artists’ skill, she has been struck by their understanding of and involvement in social concerns.
Additionally, Carrington’s personal relationship with Oscar Peterson adds to the significance of the residence for her.
Students who have so far taken part in the sessions have expressed inspiration from both her stance for social justice and her music.