Terri Lyne Carrington is a popular drummer, percussionist, composer, and bandleader. Her signature funky drumming style has been applied to many different settings, from jazz and soul to rock, blues, and even crossover classical music. She is one of the first significant female drummers in jazz.
Carrington was regarded as a prodigy in her hometown of Medford, Massachusetts. While still in high school and college, she impressed many veteran jazz players while still a child. Moving to New York City in the early '80s, she began to get gigs with local musicians before gaining enough attention to warrant another move, this time to California, where she was seen by millions on a nightly basis as a member of the band on The Arsenio Hall Show and worked with Wayne Shorter's late-'80s band. She released her debut recording as a leader on Verve Forecast in 1989. Into the late '90s, Carrington continued working steadily and was heard best in funk settings, as exemplified by her work with Herbie Hancock.