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Teri Roiger

My Jazz Story

I love Jazz because it makes me feel good (like nothing else) and represents Freedom Of Expression, Joy, and Hope. I was first exposed to Jazz in my early 20s when I heard the music of Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Betty Carter, etc. I started studying Jazz Piano at that time with stride piano legend Butch Thompson, and then started singing with him. I eventually moved from Minneapolis to New York City and then to Woodstock where I met Jazz Legends Jack DeJohnette and Kenny Burrell, as well as my husband the fabulous Jazz Bassist John Menegon. The four of us recorded an album called MISTERIOSO. My first jazz record was given to me in Minneapolis by the Hall Brothers Jazz Band members, and it was a vinyl of Billie Holiday. I then heard Charlie Parker with Strings, Sarah Vaughan Live In Japan, Ella in Berlin, on and on.. My Jazz Life continues . . . Betty Carter once told me "perseverance is the key!"

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