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JAZZed In the Classroom: A Discussion with Terell Stafford

Jazzed Magazine • In The ClassroomMarch 2009 • March 18, 2009

Terell Stafford Terell Stafford has been hailed as, “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. He is known for being a gifted and versatile player with a voice all his own. Stafford combines lyricism and a deep love of melody with a spirited, adventurous edge. He has performed with groups such as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, the Kenny Barron Sextet, and many others, and is currently a member of the Grammy-nominated Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Terell has recorded four albums as a leader, and his latest release, Taking Chances (MaxJazz 2007) has been called his best album yet.

Stafford currently holds the positions of professor of Music and director of Jazz Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia and is a clinician for the prestigious Vail Foundation in Colorado and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Program. He has also served as a member of the faculty for the Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies in New York.

JAZZed: Thank you for your time, Terell

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