The three time GRAMMY® award-winning drummer, composer, bandleader and educator becomes Carr Center Artistic Director.

With so much uncertainty all around us these days, what a thrill to be able to announce the artistic direction of the Carr Center has been secured. The acclaimed and brilliant Jazz virtuoso Terri Lyne Carrington will helm our organization, for the next three years.

Teri Lyne Carrington is a visionary artist. In 2019 she was given the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award , an investment in and recognition of her ongoing contributions to the field of jazz. Following the announcement of that highly regarded recognition Carrington said,

“I’ve tried to keep reinventing myself with diverse projects and by working with forthcoming cutting-edge artists, which is also why I teach. So this award means the world to me — and, of course, the financial reward is an astounding gift, a validation that people care about what you’re doing.”

Ms.Carrington has served as Co-Artistic Director of the Carr Center since 2017, a responsibility she shared with the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater following the untimely passing of their mutual friend and mentor, Geri Allen.

“I am honored to continue to serve as the Carr Center’s Artistic Director for the next three years”, said Ms. Carrington. “I am really looking forward to sharing my vision and bringing exciting new artists and artistic ideas to Detroit’s leading African American cultural arts center, and the community at large.”

Oliver Ragsdale Jr., President of the Carr Center, had this to say about this exciting announcement,

“We are thrilled that Terri Lyne has agreed to bring her vision, creativity and abundant talent to the Carr Center in this broadened capacity. Her interest and engagement in the visual arts, dance and film make her the perfect leader to take the Carr Center to new heights. I look forward to partnering with her as the organization soars post covid. It will truly be an exciting time for all ! “

On March 4th of this year Terri Lyne and her latest musical project, Social Science, recorded a short concert as part of the highly popular NPR Radio Tiny Desk series.

In recognition of our excellent news, we share that concert with you today.

We simply couldn’t be more excited to start the next journey with you Ms.Carrington!