Terri Quaye -

international veteran jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and former percussionist.

Terri Quye                         

 The Mandrake Club, London.           circa 1960

Coming from a legendary jazz heritage which began in the 1920’s, her style has travelled through the genres of bebop, swing and avant-garde. Terri has played and recorded with jazz giants: Archie Shepp, Richard Davis, Leo Wright, Johnny Griffin, John Stevens and Dudu Pukwana to name a few. She studied piano with her close friend, the acclaimed late British jazz pianist Alan Clare, who was internationally regarded as a ‘Musician’s Musician’. Her influences: Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Duke Ellington. 

Jazz Festival appearances: London, Melkveg Festival, Amsterdam; Christchurch Jazz Festival, New Zealand, Belsano Womens Festival, Italy; Jazz Forum Festival Warsaw & Lublin, Poland. Jazz Forum Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


HotelsThe Meridien Hotel, Piccadilly, The Savoy and The Rembrant Hotel, London, The Hilton Hotel Jumeirah, Dubai, The Novotel Hotel, Abu Dhabi. 

Cruise Lines: Crystal Harmony Cruise Line, Renaissance Cruise Line, Fred Olsen Cruise Line, P & O Cruises.

The Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC,  USA, Syvilla Thorpe Dance Studio, NY, USA

She has also written scores for theatre: 'In Exile With An African Head'  directed by Mark Heath. ‘Care and Control’ 1977  and ‘Patterns’ 1984 both written and directed  Nancy Diuguid and ‘The Return of the Kitchen Sisters’ Directed by Alice Wilson 1985, Austin, Texas.

Terri Quaye quintet tour, Germany.                                                                                                                    

Carmel Jones-trumpet, Leo Wright-Alto Sax, Joe Nye-Drums, Hans Reckenbater-D.Bass. 

(circa 1970)

Terri enjoyed a reputation of establishing successful laid-back late night jazz piano bar entertainment. This image is from her residency on the R4, Rennaisance Cruise Line, based in Tahiti.

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Terri Quaye Trio: The Needles Eye, New York,

 Harold Mabern: pno, Richard Davis; D Bass,   ? drms. (1972)

Terri enjoyed international acclaim as a percussionist and lecturer on traditional  African music and holds a 

Masters degree in Ethnomusicology. 

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Harlem, New York, 1983

© Terri Quaye 2022