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Terry Waldo

Terry Waldo, the protégé of the late Eubie Blake, is a virtuoso ragtime, stride, and blues pianist as well as a vocalist and performer, famous for his dry wit.  Mr. Waldo is also an author, composer, producer, band leader and theatrical music director. In a professional career that has spanned over fifty years, Terry has produced and arranged over sixty albums, including his newest on Turtle Bay Records: I Double Dare You which features Tatiana Eva-Marie and Waldo’s Gotham City Band.  He is currently producing a podcast, This Is Ragtime and a new documentary, This Is Ragtime: The Birth of American Music.

Waldo’s prestigious venues include: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Supreme Court, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institute, The Library of Congress,  The National Gallery of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Museum of Natural History.  His New York club appearances include Michael’s Pub, Carnegie Tavern, Birdland, Iridium, The Bottom Line, Feinstein’s, The Cookery, The Blue Note, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Cajun, Chez Josephines, Mezzrow, The Village Gate, Smalls, Hanratty’s, The Rum House, The Red Blazer, and Dizzy’s Club in Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Mr. Waldo’s book, This Is Ragtime, has been reprinted in an updated and expanded version by Jazz at Lincoln Center Library Editions. The definitive book on the subject, it is introduced by Wynton Marsalis who notes, “If I want to know anything about Ragtime, I go to Terry Waldo.”  His acclaimed twenty-six part NPR radio series, of the same title, fueled the 1970s ragtime revival. He has taught popular courses at many schools including Juilliard, Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing University, Queens  College, Ithaca College and Denison University.  Terry has written numerous articles in publications such as The Village Voice, The American Heritage Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune.

He has performed on and composed for hundreds of TV programs and films including: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Boardwalk Empire, and The Steve Allen Show and for PBS programs including Storyville: The Naked Dance, Baseball, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, The Flatiron Building, well as, The Code for theBBC and All you Need is Love for Britain’s Chanel 4. He worked for the legendary Warner QUBE interactive Television Network where he acted as talent, music director and producer.   Terry’s numerous theatrical credits include the Off-Broadway productions, Storyville:The Naked Dance, Eubie and Me, Shake That Thing, Warren G., (directed by Tom O’Horgan), Trophy Wife, and Heliotrope Bouquet by Scott Joplin and Louis Chauvin (directed by Joe Morton).He has also been the music director for many theatrical events including the André De Shields musical about Louis Armstrong, Ambassador Satch, which opened in London’s West End; a performance with Eubie Blake at the Theater de Lys; The Town Hall Christmas Show with Leon Redbone.  Terry has appeared in concerts worldwide, in most of the major ragtime festivals in United States, and in numerous jazz festivals in the US and Europe including George Wein’s Newport and JVC Jazz Festivals. Waldo has been  a featured performer with many symphony orchestras including Skitch Henderson’s New York Pops where he performed at Carnegie Hall the world premiere of the Eubie Blake Concerto.

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“Terry Waldo, ragtime pianist nonpareil and eminent scholar of the form, is musical director and arranger, at the piano. He acts too. Mr. Waldo is worth the price of a ticket.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES

“I love Terry Waldo’s insistence on the quality of the music… Ragtime, this great music, needs Terry Waldo to enliven it for today’s audiences and the future.” —WYNTON MARSALIS


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

I Double Dare You

Turtle Bay Records


The Ohio Theatre...

Delmark Records


Kinky And Sweet

Unknown label


Wizard Of The Keyboard

Unknown label


The Soul of Ragtime

Tompkins Square


Just A Closer Walk With Thee

From: The Soul of Ragtime
By Terry Waldo



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