Terry Waldo
New York, New York
Updated May 26, 2006

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Terry Waldo, the protégé of the late Eubie Blake, is a virtuoso ragtime, stride, and blues pianist. He is also a vocalist, an arranger, a comedian—famous for his dry wit—and leader of many highly regarded musical groups. He is a composer not only of rags and show tunes, but of movie scores as well. In addition, he is a scholar and an historian. His This Is Ragtime is the definitive book on the subject, and his 26-part series, with the same title, for National Public Radio fueled the 1970's ragtime revival.

In addition to his work with Ambassador Satch, Terry has performed in numerous theatrical projects including his two one-man shows, The Naked Dance: The Music of Storyville and Eubie & Me now being booked by Columbia Artists. Waldo has previously been music director of a number of other shows about historical jazz figures, among them: Mr. Jelly Lord (based on the life of Jelly Roll Morton and directed by Vernel Bagneris), Down Hearted Blues: Bessie Smith (directed by André De Shields), the Playwrights Horizon's production of Heliotrope Bouquet (based on the life of Scott Joplin and directed by Joe Morton) and Waldo’s own show, Shake That Thing, which opened at the Queens Theater in the Park in 1999. Waldo was composer and music director for the sequel to Sugar Babies called Scandals, which opened in Richmond, Virginia.

Waldo has also appeared in concert all over the world, including several major shows for George Wein’s JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He appeared on March 4, 2005 with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall presenting the world premiere of a Eubie Blake concerto. 

Terry has produced over 40 albums under his own name and performed and composed for hundreds of TV programs including Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.