Terry Waldo

Biography:

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Known for his virtuoso ragtime piano playing, authentic arrangements, charming vocals, and disarming wit, Terry was the protegeÇ of the legendary Eubie Blake, who called Waldo an extension of my own musical self. Waldo has played countless New York jazz venues, including Carnegie Hall, where he played three concerts. He has produced and starred in nine different musical revues at New York”s renowned jazz nightery, Michael”s Pub, where he also worked with Woody Allen. He has appeared on the Tonight Show to perform his own composition, The Laughing Blues, with Leon Redbone. Waldo produced a popular radio series for NPR called This Is Ragtime and authored an award-winning book by the same title. Terry Waldo has been the music director for a number of theatrical shows in New York City, including Mr. Jelly Lord (based on the life of Jelly Roll Morton and directed by Vernel Bagneris), Down Hearted Blues: Bessie Smith (directed by AndrÇ De Shields), and the Playwrights Horizon”s production of Heliotrope Bouquet (directed by Joe Morton). He has also composed scores for both film and theater, including the soundtrack for a new PBS documentary, Storyville: The Naked Dance, about the famous red-light district of late 19th-century New Orleans. He is now working on the companion book and album for Chiaroscuro Records. In January 1999 Terry Waldo”s own show, Shake That Thing, opened at the Queens Theater in the Park in New York City. Recently he completed a run as featured pianist and actor in the new musical Mae West which was directed by Joe Brancato. Waldo is composer and music director for the Broadway sequel to Sugar Babies called Scandals which just opened in Richmond, Virginia. His wide-ranging talents as composer, arranger, playwright, and actor were showcased in his own one-man show, Eubie & Me at the Penguin Rep Theater and Queens Theater in the Park in New York.