GORHAM – This year’s USM Youth Ensembles’ Jazz Improvisation Weekend for high-school musicians, Jan. 17-18 at the University of Southern Maine, will welcome guest artist jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

Carrington is a critically acclaimed drummer, composer, producer and clinician. Born in 1965 in Medford, Mass., she has had an extensive touring career of more than 20 years with such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Stan Getz, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, Clark Terry and Dianne Reeves. She was recently appointed professor at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, having also received an honorary doctorate from Berklee in 2003.

In 1989, Carrington released a Grammy nominated debut CD titled “Real Life Story,” featuring Carlos Santana, Grover Washington Jr., Dianne Reeves, Wayne Shorter, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Albright, John Scofield, Robert Irving III, Greg Osby, Don Alias and Hiram Bullock. Other solo CDs include 2002’s “Jazz is a Spirit” and 2004’s “Structure,” both released on the Europe-based ACT Music label.

The public is welcome to attend both a master class with Carrington at 2- 3:30 p.m. and the final student combo/ faculty concert at 7 p.m., both on Sunday, Jan. 18, in Corthell Concert Hall. Tickets are $6 for the master class; and $6 for the general public/$3 for students and seniors for the concert. Call 780-5555.

The Sunday concert will open with student combos performing the first half. The second half will feature Carrington with USM School of Music jazz faculty: Michelle Snow, vocals; Trent Austin, trumpet; Bill Street, saxophones; Chris Oberholtzer, trombone; Mark Shilansky, piano; Gary Wittner, guitar; Bronek Suchanek, bass; and Les Harris Jr., drums.

About 40 high-school students will have the opportunity to play jazz and attend a variety of clinics over the two-day Jazz Improv event. Clinics cover topics such as the art of jazz improvisation and issues concerning a student’s own major instrument. In addition, a great deal of time will be spent focusing on jazz improvisation while performing in a combo setting.

Contact Chris Oberholtzer at 780-5126 for information on registering a student.

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