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Teri Thornton

Teri Thornton, born Shirley Enid Avery was an American jazz singer. Thornton first performed in local Detroit clubs in the 1950s. She moved to New York City in the 1960s, where she found work singing for television advertisements, and recorded for several different labels. Late in the 1960s Thornton faded from public view, and only decades later was discovered to have been singing on various song poem records in Los Angeles on the Preview label as "Teri Summers." She played clubs in New York after moving back there from Los Angeles in 1983, and in the 1990s she fully revived her career

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Labor Day at Coney Island

Read "Labor Day at Coney Island" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Labor Day weekend broadcast included new releases from vocalists Audrey Silver, Deb Bowman, Barb Jungr, Tracey Coryell, a single from pianist Lauren Lee, plus a collaboration of Jenny Scheinman and Allison Miller, with birthday shout outs to Dinah Washington, Alice Coltrane, Teri Thornton, Valerie Simpson and Charlie Parker, among others and a nod to the ...

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Famous Jazz Mothers And Their Young

Read "Famous Jazz Mothers And Their Young" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Mothers Day broadcast included new releases from Molly Hammer, Mary Stallings, Vivian Sessoms and Lisa Maxwell, with birthday shout outs to Carla Bley in the first hour, Mary Lou Williams in the second hour, plus vocalists Judi Silvano, John Proulx, Barb Jungr and trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis, among others, plus cuts from some famous jazz mothers ...

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Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and a Cornucopia of New Releases

Read "Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and a Cornucopia of New Releases" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

In this episode we celebrate some heavyweight jazz birthdays --Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and Alice Coltrane, to name a few. Plus a bumper crop of new releases as summer winds down. Playlist The Diva Jazz Orchestra “The Rhythm Changes" from The Diva Jazz Orchestra: 25th Anniversary Project (ArtistShare) 00:00 Madeleine Peyroux “On a ...

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Benny's Hardbop Jazz Sundays Live At Creole's

This Holiday Season finds Benny's Jazz Sundays at one of the most respected music rooms in the tri-state area. Creole's Supper and Music Club was built with the intention of presenting music in a warm environment. We keep returning to this venue because it is ideally situated and specifically designed for the enjoyment of “Real Jazz" ...

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Teri Thornton: I'll Be Easy To Find

Read "I'll Be Easy To Find" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vocalist and pianist Teri Thornton recorded a number of albums in the early 60s and then virtually disappeared from the scene. I'll Be Easy To Find finds Ms. Thornton, now 64-years-old, in fine form, her voice still strong. Thornton’s vocal interpretations display the kind of maturity and sincerity often born of hard times. The opening track, ...

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Teri Thornton: I'll Be Easy to Find

Read "I'll Be Easy to Find" reviewed by David Adler

Singer Teri Thornton gained fairly wide recognition in the early 1960s but then fell into prolonged obscurity. Recently “rediscovered" by manager/producer Suzi Reynolds, the talented Thornton, now 65 years old and battling cancer, placed in the 1998 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, played the Village Vanguard, and got signed to Verve. I’ll Be Easy to ...

Devil May Care

Label: Fantasy Jazz
Released: 1999

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Teri Thornton: Devil May Care

Read "Devil May Care" reviewed by AAJ Staff

“This girl has got to make it. If she doesn’t, something’s very wrong.” This was Freddie Green, speaking of Teri Thornton when this album was made. For the longest time, the prediction seemed amiss: dropped by Riverside after two albums, decades of obscurity, cancer – many things got in the way of the dream. But it ...


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