Outstanding activist, educator, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and her band Social Science join Celebrity Series this season, two years after earning a Grammy nomination for their album, Waiting Game. Carrington is a 2023 Grammy awardee for her New Standards, Vol. 1, a kindred project to Social Science that pulls forward the work of neglected female songwriters to create a new catalogue of jazz standards. Special guests Chelsey Green and Toki Wright join the group for a multi-dimensional vocal and instrumental musical experience.
Terri and her new band (pianist Aaron Parks, guitarist Matthew Stevens, DJ Kassa Overall, vocalist Debo Ray, and multi-instrumentalist Margan Guerin) confront a range of social justice issues including mass incarceration, political imprisonment, police brutality, homophobia, Native American injustice, and gender justice. These concerns fuel the Berklee College of Music educator’s passion behind creating the album. “In previous projects I’ve hinted at my concerns for the society and the community that I live in,” Carrington says. “But everything has been pointing in this direction.”
Violinist Chelsey Green, most recently heard on Celebrity Series with vocalist Nnenna Freelon, and rapper, MC, and producer Toki Wright appear with Carrington and her band. In addition to their varied performance and recording activities, both special guests are colleagues of Carrington's on the faculty of Berklee College of Music