Meet Our Co-Artistic Directors


With over 20 years of experience, three-time Grammy award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington is joining The Carr Center as a Co-Artistic Director alongside Dee Dee Bridgewater. For about five years after studying at Berklee College of Music, Carrington was a much in-demand musician working with artists including James Moody, Lester Bowie and Pharaoh Sanders. Her experience includes being a house drummer for the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ late night show Vibe. Throughout the 80s, 90s and even now, she has performed on various number of recordings including Herbie Hancock’s Grammy-award winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played with Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. As a Co-Artistic Director, Carrington will help to bring new ideas to Detroit’s leading African American cultural center and community.

Quick Facts about Terri Lyne Carrington

  • Three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Professor at alma mater, Berklee College of Michigan Honorary
  • Doctorate from Berkeley College of Music (2003)
  • Grammy-nominated debut CD, Real Life Story (1989)
  • Solo CD’s Jazz is a Spirit (2002) and Structure (2004) released on the Europe-based ACT Music label
  • Produced The Mosaic Project (2011) , featuring some prominent female jazz artists including Esperanza Spalding & Dianne Reeves
  • Paid homage to Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus & Max Roach with Money
  • Jungle: Provocative in Blue (2013)
  • Released The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL (2015)



Over the course of four decades, three-time Grammy and Tony-award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater has become one of the top vocalists, putting her spin on standards as well as taking risks when it comes to re-envisioning jazz classics. Bridgewater most recently won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love from Dee Dee. Her career shows that she is always combining musical genres to showcase who she really is as an artist. Along with her musical career, Bridgewater also pursed musical
theatre including roles in Sophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen & Cabaret. As a Co-Artistic Director for The Carr Center, Bridgewater will help to nurture youth artistically and keep the late jazz great Geri Allen’s vision alive.

Quick Facts about Dee Dee Bridgewater

  • Former member of legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band
  • Performed with jazz notables including Max Roach, Sonny Rollins & Dexter Gordon
  • Self-produced an album in 1993, Keeping Tradition (Polydor/Verve)
  • Created DDB Records in 2006 after signing with Universal Music Group
  • Double Grammy Award-winning tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella
  • Tony Award for “Glinda” in The Wiz (1975)
  • British Laurence Olivier nomination for lead role of “Billie Holiday” in off-
  • Broadway production of Lady Day
  • Goodwill Ambassador to United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization



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