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terry lower: Bio

- Pianist/Composer

 After studying composing/arranging and performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Terry returned to Michigan and for over 30 years has been active on the Jazz scene both here and abroad performing and/or recording with many Jazz greats including Frank Morgan, David “Fathead” Newman, Bobby Shew, Hendrik Meurkins, Larry Nozero, Kevin Mahogany and Benny Golson to name a few. As a “sideman” for a variety of different groups including performances with Eddie Daniels, Jennifer Holiday, Bernadette Peters, The Nelson Riddle and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, Terry has been getting more recognition in recent years as the leader of his own Jazz Trio and Septet including performances at the “Michigan Jazz Festival” and the renowned “Detroit/Montreux International Jazz Festival.” In Europe, Terry toured Italy as part of the “Centro Jazz Torino” concert tour in 2006 with vocalist/Grammy nominee Betty Joplin and again in 2008 with the Edye Evans Hyde Sextet. Also a prolific writer, many of Terry’s original compositions have been published and recorded on numerous CD’s including Terry's Septet 2005 release “Step By Step” and his 1st Piano Trio CD's (2009), “4 Trios-vol.1 & vol. 2.”

Terry Lower Septet

Since the release of their first CD, "Step By Step" (2005), the Terry Lower Septet has already earned the reputation as being one of Michigan's best jazz ensembles with each musician bringing many years of seasoned talent and varied performance experienes from around the globe including Rob McConnell & Pavarotti (bassist Ray Tini), The Lincoln Center & Carnegie Hall (trumpeter Rob Smith), The "Temptations" (drummer Jim Ryan) and pianist/leader Terry Lower's (2006/2008 "Centro-Jazz-Torino" concert tours of Italy). Combining some of Terry's jazz/latin-jazz original compositions and unique musical arrangements on jazz standards, this group "dazzled" the audience during their 2006 debut performance at the renowned "Detroit International Jazz Festival" and has captivated those who've heard them during their many performances since 2006 at the "Michigan Jazz Festival."