Terry Waldo

New York, NY
Added 10/18/2010

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 was just republished with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis by Jazz At Lincoln Center. His 26-part radio series with the same title, was produced for NPR and fueled the 1970's ragtime revival. This year he has been teaching a course on early jazz and ragtime piano styles for Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Terry has performed in numerous theatrical projects including his one-man shows, The Naked Dance: The Music of Storyville, Eubie & Me and This Is Ragtime. He is the music director for an André De Shields musical about Louis Armstrong, Ambassador Satch, which opened in London’s West End and recently played in Dubai. 

Waldo has 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 with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall presenting the world premiere of a Eubie Blake concerto. He has also produced over 40 albums under his own name and performed and composed for hundreds of TV programs.
This year Terry is working on a PBS Concert/Documentary on Ragtime with veteran producer, Charles Hobson and several recording projects with Zenph Productions and SONY Records.


Quotes About Terry Waldo

“When I want to know anything about Ragtime, I go to Waldo.” 

“Nobody puts on a show like Terry Waldo.” 

“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 remarkably even-handed jazz pianist, Terry Waldo, holds forth with utter panache and a delicate yet driving touch. He's played in every venue worth playing in, including Carnegie Hall."

"Terry Waldo . . . joyfully recreates the music of this legendary New Orleans composer." (Jelly Roll Morton)

"This is as close as we're ever liable to get to a valid live presentation of Morton's Red Hot Pepper's."

"This is not just a band. It's a lively variety show with an infectiously joyous spirit."

"A phenomenal performance."

"Terry Waldo is a pianist and singer with a rich repertory of jazz and popular material."

"Waldo's New York Centennial Ragtime Celebration ranks among the best and most entertaining such presentations in my 25 years of Big Apple festival attendance (JVC festival). The ragtime event featured Terry Waldo as bandleader, pianist and narrator/host. He is brilliant and imaginative as a musician and a droll, witty raconteur." 

"Terry Waldo, a witty charmer who specializes in the twenties style stride piano in the manner of James P. Johnson."

"The sound quality is typical of what the original label produced—that is, it’s terrific—Waldo is, as always, his authentic caring self."

"Scott Joplin's ragtime, per Terry Waldo's piano playing, is treat enough for any evening."

"For a bawdy-house good time, call on Terry or Ruth or Colleen or any of the guys in Waldo's ragtime party (Shake That Thing!) now rollicking at Queens Theater. I can promise, you've never had so much fun at a history lesson. Look for it to resurface in Manhattan sooner than later."