What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy?
Performed on a stage without bias and taught in a classroom of radical inclusion?

The inaugural installation of the new Carr Center Performance Studio is curated and conceived by Terri Lyne Carrington in partnership with The Carr Center and the Berklee Institute for Jazz and Gender justice. This installation examines the intersection of history, gender, race, and innovation, resulting in a transformational and provocative multimedia art and music experience.

NEW STANDARDS Part 1 of Shifting The Narrative : Jazz and Gender Justice will feature live performances, public programs, educational curriculum, symposiums, workshops, and exciting evening concerts all happening in the NEW Carr Center Performance Studio, 15 E. Kirby Street, Detroit, Michigan. 

Elements of the Exhibition include:

  • World Premiere of “The New Standards,” a film by Michael Goldman and Terri Lyne Carrington  
  • New artwork exploring themes of jazz and gender from acclaimed visual artists Monica Haslip, Joe Diggs, Yeşim Tosuner and Ramsess.
  • Curation of works created by jazz artists Cecile McLorin Salvant, Carmen Lundy and Jazzmeia Horn, ranging from print and sculpture to collage, textiles, and multimedia.
  • New works from Detroit artists Devin Laster, Yvette R. Rock and Sabrina Nelson
  • Dynamic portrait collection of 30 influential women instrumentalists by Sherry Rubel. 
  • Vocalist and culinary artist Lizz Wright, creates a new recipe inspired by New Standards.
  • A Children’s illustrated storybook introducing the themes of jazz and gender equity, written by Terri Lyne Carrington with illustrations by Ramsess.
  • Audio sound showers displaying imagined conversations between iconic jazz women in their own words/audio as well as scripted conversations with actors.

Ancillary programming for the installation’s Opening Weekend Festivities will include a panel discussion, a master class offering, and the launch of Jazz Crawl, a 13-part concert series curated by Terri Lyne Carrington, to recognize and celebrate women jazz composers, presented in partnership with Midtown Detroit Inc. 

  • October 14 @ 5pm –  “Jazz, Gender and Futurism” A panel discussion with Angela Davis, Robin D.G.Kelly, Gina Dent and Terri Lyne Carrington.
  • October 15 @ 11 am – In person Master Class with Terri Lyne Carrington and friends, a unique development opportunity for Band directors throughout the Metro Detroit area.
  • October 14 & 15 @ 6:30, 7:30 & 9:00 pm- Jazz Crawl in venues around Midtown Detroit featuring Nicole Mitchell, Marion Hayden, Jovia Armstrong, Andy Milne, LaTanya Hall, Gregoire Maret, Jazzmeia Horn, The Gathering Nonet, Lizz Wright, Lisa Fisher and the Carmen Lundy Band

ABOUT : Terri Lyne Carrington

An NEA Jazz Master and Carr Center Artistic Director, Terri Lyne Carrington, has become one of the giants of today’s jazz music with technical wizardry and profound creativity. 

A three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning drummer, composer, producer, and educator, Terri Lyne is the first female artist to ever win the GRAMMY®Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. 

Over the four decades of her career, she has played with countless jazz luminaries including Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Esperanza Spalding, and may others. 

In 2019, she received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award and currently serves as founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.