Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington & band perform Friday at SUNY Potsdam
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:36 am

POTSDAM -- The Community Performance Series will present Terri Lyne Carrington's "Mosaic Project" Friday, Feb 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

Carrington is a Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, record producer and entrepreneur. She will present a new show, accompanied by some of jazz's female artists.

Lead by Carrington, the "Mosaic Project" originated as a female tribute to jazz, collaborating with artists such as Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson and Esperanza Spalding.

The Potsdam line-up will include Carrington on drums, Nona Hendryx and Lizz Wright on vocals, Helen Sung on piano, Grace Kelly on soprano and alto saxophone, Erena Terakubo on alto sax, Nir Felder on guitar and Tamir Shmerling on bass.

The project focuses on bringing cross-cultural, cross-genre and cross-generational perspectives to existing female jazz artists and their music.

"Now there are so many talented women whom I've been playing with anyway – not just because they're women, but because I love the way they play," Carrington said. "So it has become easier to do a special project that celebrates the artistry and the musicality of these women."

“As with the mosaic art technique, the idea was for this project to vibrantly connect colorful pieces together to create something integral, using thoroughly composed song forms, some abstract improvising, and also the human voice -- creating 'sharp shapes, with blurred edges,'" Carrington continued.

Beginning in the late 1980s, Carrington gained initial recognition as the house drummer on the late night TV program, "The Arsenio Hall Show." She continued into the 1990's to another late-night show, "VIBE."

She is also known for her partnership in Herbert-Carrington Media, which was founded in 2007.

Since the beginning of her career, Carrington has recorded six full albums of original works, including her Grammy-nominated debut CD, "Real Life Story," in 1989.

Tickets to the concert range from $24 to $40 for adults, with additional discounts for seniors and students.

All tickets may be purchased at the CPS Box Office on campus or at Northern Music and Video, Potsdam.

Tickets may also be purchased by calling 267-2277 or at

Books for the “Share A Story” drive to benefit local libraries will be accepted. Community members are encouraged to donate a new or gently used copy of their favorite book.

All donations accepted will enter patrons into a drawing to win a pair of season tickets to both the 2013-2014 Guest Artist Series and Meet the Arts Series.

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