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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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Take Five with Terry Waldo and Tatiana Eva-Marie

Read "Take Five with Terry Waldo and Tatiana Eva-Marie" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Terry Waldo Tatiana Eva-Marie: Terry Waldo and Tatiana Eva-Marie first met and started performing together at the famous NYC parties hosted by Scott Asen, owner of Turtle Bay Records. The two artists had such musical chemistry that Asen encouraged them to record an album together. Thus was born the duo's new album, I Double Dare You, set to release on August 6, 2021. Each artist has had an illustrious career as a successful bandleader and touring musician. Considered one ...

Album Review

Terry Waldo: The Ohio Theatre Concert

Read "The Ohio Theatre Concert" reviewed by Andrew Velez

No less a ragtime icon than composer Eubie Blake himself endorsed pianist, musical director, arranger and early jazz scholar Terry Waldo as being “an extension of my own musical self." Waldo's irresistible way with this music is in full glory on this 1974 concert. Blake himself was to have participated, but missed the concert due to illness. In his place Waldo plays a quartet of solo ragtime classics including two Scott Joplin tunes, which were then gaining new popularity through ...

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Interview: Terry Waldo

Interview: Terry Waldo

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Terry Waldo is a master of 1920s and '30s ragtime and piano. Like Dick Hyman, Terry is a preservationist, playing the music of another era authentically and with soul. His new album, I Double Dare You (Turtle Bay), with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie, revives the coy, syncopated music between the two World Wars and is superb for its charm and execution. Since 1969, Terry has led a series of hot jazz ensembles, including Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators in Ohio and Waldo’s Gotham ...



Jazz Piano Legend Terry Waldo Teams Up With Jazz Vocal Sensation Tatiana Eva-Marie In New Single And Album

Jazz Piano Legend Terry Waldo Teams Up With Jazz Vocal Sensation Tatiana Eva-Marie In New Single And Album

Source: EMPKT PR

As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. Legendary jazz pianist, composer and historian Terry Waldo, and internationally renowned jazz vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie demonstrate their musical synergy in their latest single, “I Double Dare You,” their lively take on the 1937 classic jazz song by Terry Shand and Jimmy Eaton. The single, which is out now, is from the dynamic duo’s new album, I Double Dare You, an eclectic compilation of jazz-pop songs from the ‘20s and ‘30s. ...



Terry Waldo - "The Soul Of Ragtime" - Out Today!

Terry Waldo - "The Soul Of Ragtime" - Out Today!

Source: Tompkins Square

Tompkins Square has released music across many genres: Folk, gospel, jazz, blues, old-timey, British pop, American Primitive, Cajun, Greek, singer/songwriters. But this is the first Ragtime album released by the label, from perhaps the most important living artist in the genre, Terry Waldo. Terry's new album The Soul of Ragtime is the culmination of decades of performance and study. Ragtime is one of America's truly unique and precious art forms. Comprised of original and traditional tunes, the album is stylistically ...


Performance / Tour

Les Paul (Mon) Mingus Legacy (Tues) Wed. Oct. 4 Terry Waldo 7:30pm + Eugene Fleming Tribute to Sam Cooke 9:30pm & 11pm, Oct. 5-8 Gato Barbieri at The Iridium Jazz Club

Les Paul (Mon) Mingus Legacy (Tues) Wed. Oct. 4 Terry Waldo 7:30pm + Eugene Fleming Tribute to Sam Cooke 9:30pm & 11pm, Oct. 5-8 Gato Barbieri at The Iridium Jazz Club

Source: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB 1650 BROADWAY (Corner of 51st) NEW YORK, NY 10023 RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121 NEW SET TIMES BEGINNING JUNE 1, 2006 8:30 & 10:30PM, Fri. & Sat. 3rd Sets AT MIDNIGHT Note: Set Times for Les Paul Remain at 8 & 10PM EVERY MONDAY LES PAUL AND HIS TRIO JOHN COLIANNI - PIANO - LOU PALLO - GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS Note: Set Times for Les Paul ...

“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



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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