The 52-year-old American Terri Lyne Carrington has long been a leading drummer. As a “child prodigy”, she made her first major appearance with Clark Terry when she was only ten years of age. Not long after, she was playing alongside jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and Quincy Jones. She has also made a name for herself as a bandleader, composer, label founder, and as a producer has worked with artists such as Gino Vanelli, Dianne Reeves and the Doky Brothers. One of her most ambitious projects is the often revived all-star women’s band Sisters in Jazz which includes the pianists Geri Allen and Helen Sung, bass player Esperanza Spalding, and the singers Gretchen Parlato and China Moses, among others.
For Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic, Carrington has now been persuaded to bring together some of the best female jazz musicians Europe has to offer. A well-established partner, co-composer and co-director is the Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma, who has long been joining Carrington at these get-togethers. Plus there is the exceptional Céline Bonacina from France – due not only to her skill on the rare baritone saxophone – and Norwegian trumpet and horn player Hildegunn Øiseth.
The proportion of women involved on the German jazz scene is growing, too: the multi-award winning Anke Helfrich is a well-established pianist, and the 25-year-old bassist Lisa Wulff from Hamburg is one of the most promising performers in her field. Another happy addition is trombonist Shannon Barnett from Australia, who has been living in Cologne since 2014 and plays in the WDR Big Band. Regulars at Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic regulars will remember the outstanding performance of the all-round stylist from the Bix Beiderbecke tribute last year.