GRAMMY Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington serves as BeBop to Hip-Hop 2020 guest artist

Renowned jazz drummer, composer, bandleader and educator Terri Lyne Carrington will serve as guest artist for the July 16 installment of the Institute’s BeBop to Hip-Hop online summer program. Carrington will bring to bear her unparalleled experience bridging jazz and numerous other genres, including hip-hop, providing constructive feedback on students’ original musical creations and sharing her insight from more than four decades as a leading professional musician.

Since the program kicked off on June 25, participants have learned from some of the most recognizable names in hip-hop production, including DJ Khalil, Mike and Keys and Imani of the Pharcyde, to name a few. Students, representing a range of talents and interests from jazz drumming to rapping to production, have already begun collaborating on projects with their peers from across the United States.

The Institute’s ongoing BeBop to Hip-Hop online summer program is provided at no cost to participants for up to 100 students across the country. Aspiring producers, musicians and rappers create music with guidance from renowned music industry professionals, and expand their network by working virtually with other promising young students. The application is still open for observers to join the weekly virtual sessions and participate in the Q&A component. Click here to apply or email

To date, Carrington has performed on over 100 recordings and has worked extensively with luminaries such as Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, the Yellowjackets, Esperanza Spalding, and many more. A three-time GRAMMY Award winner, she received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music and currently serves as Founder and Artistic Director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

In 2019, Carrington was named a Doris Duke Artist, a prestigious acknowledgment recognizing her past and ongoing contributions to jazz music. Her current band project, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science (a collaboration with Aaron Parks and Matthew Stevens), released their debut album, Waiting Game, in November 2019 on Motema Music. Carrington, who recently topped three categories in the 2020 DownBeat Critics Poll, is the first female instrumentalist to win the poll’s Jazz Artist of the Year category.