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Solomon “Sonny” Carrington III

The Carrington family has always been dedicated to harboring a community around Boston’s Black musicians and artists. Their work in uplifting this community can be seen and felt everywhere, across so many schools, jazz clubs, and community centers. Jazz has been at the center of Solomon “Sonny” Carrington III’s life for as long as he can remember. His father, Carrington Sr., would have world-class jazz musicians like Fats Waller playing for him in the family’s living room. With that level of talent at his fingertips, it is no surprise that at a young age, he and his siblings would form the Carrington Trio, kicking off a life of performing. After spending years rubbing elbows with many music legends like James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and BB King, Carrington would go on to found the Boston Jazz Society, a group dedicated to instilling a love for music into the area’s youth.

Co-Creation Team

Kiley Atkins

M.A. Candidate, Public History

Kiley graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island in 2021, with a double major in American history and cultural and historic preservation. Her field work has focused on community partnership, including researching and developing an archive for a community center in her hometown.

Claire Lavarreda

Ph.D. Student, World History

Claire Lavarreda is a World History Ph.D. student at Northeastern University, focusing on Indigenous history, archives, memory, and material culture. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2021, where she majored in History and Social Sciences and minored in Spanish.