Terry J. Harr – Keyboards, Saxophone and Vocals
Terry is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both of his parents had a great appreciation of music and Terry benefited from having family members in show business. His great aunt, Marge Nelson was a singer, performing in theaters and speakeasies in the 1930’s and ‘40’s. His great uncle, Nat Nazzaro, Jr., was a dancer and acrobat with Flo Ziegfeld, later performing as Master Of Cermonies at theaters throughout the Northeast. Terry was fortunate to have a strong educational background which included music lessons on piano and clarinet. By age 14, after notating his first composition,”Major Minor Haunt”, Terry was committed to pursue more musical experiences as a performer, arranger and composer.
In 1966, Terry founded the “Lost Souls”, the group inspired by the “British Wave”. They were a favorite at local parties and dances, featuring covers from The Kinks, The Animals, The Rolling Stones and Cream. After high school graduation, Terry completed a degree from Duquesne University in Music Education in 1973. Although Duquesne offered a well-rounded exposure to music, his real education came from the musical experiences he found in town and on the road from 1969 – 1973. In town, he played sax and electric piano in the top forty blues band,”Urban Renewal”, at nightclubs in Pittsburgh. He also was a member of Vito DiSalvo’s “We Three” dance group, the premier Italian band in the Pittsburgh area. Terry travelled with the show band, “The Caldwells” throughout the north-east and mid-west between semesters, playing sax with Bobby Vinton and opening for Anita Bryant, Boots Randolf, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and The Association.
After graduation from Duquesne, he started the jazz-rock band “Sunship” with good friend, Nick Gimiliano, the superb drummer seen on the ongoing PBS series, “My Music”. After touring the hotel and club circuit for two years, in 1976 Terry moved to Miami, Florida for the sunshine and new experiences. While recording for gospel producer Timmy Thomas at TK Studios in Miami, Terry joined George ‘Rock Your Baby’ McCrae, touring world-wide through the end of 1979.
In 1983, Terry was hired as staff arranger for Columbia Pictures, compiling over 2500 piano/vocal/guitar arrangements during a thirty year relationship with Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Hal Leonard and Cherry Lane Publications. In this capacity, Terry got to work first hand with Dave Brubeck, Henry Mancini, David Foster and many other notable artists and writers, arranging their music for print publication. Splitting time with his corporate responsibilities, Terry played with many musicians in the Miami area, leading him to “Windstar”, which became a two-time winner on the second and third seasons of “StarSearch”, the Ed McMahon talent discovery show. After touring in California and Colorado with ‘Windstar’, Terry met Dion DiMucci and toured the United States and Europe behind Dion’s album, “Yo Frankie”, also recording with Dion on “The Last Temptation Of Elvis”. It was during this time Terry met producer Dick Clark, and performed on various television and live shows, including “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” in Los Angeles and “BBC Studio One” in London. Returning to Miami in 1990, he continued work as an arranger also performing and recording with Connie Francis, Billy J. Kramer, Hal Lindon, Martha Reeves, Buddy Miles and others.
In 1994, Terry relocated to the Orlando, Florida area with his wife Suzi and began working as a solo piano/vocal artist and playing shows throughout the Southeast, including four PBS televised shows in 2006 for producer PJ Lubinsky’s “My Music” series. Terry also utilized his Music Education background as adjunct instructor in Jazz History, Performance and Jazz Vocal at Beacon College and Lake-Sumter Community College.
In 2008, Terry began performing as pianist-vocalist at Orlando’s finest restaurants, hotels and clubs including: Eddie V’s Seafood Restaurant, Grand Bohemian Hotel, Timpano’s Chophouse, Jazz Tastings and Sinatra’s Bar He continues to take commercial projects, teach and record, arrange and produce original music at his studio, having cataloged nine CD recordings.
List of artists Terry has performed and recorded with:
Buddy Miles – Dion DiMucci – Billy J. Kramer – Denny Laine – Hal Lindon – Martha Reeves – The Platters – Connie Francis – Bobby Vinton – Hank Locklin – The Browns – Bill Anderson – The Bellamy Brothers – Starlight Vocal Band – Mike Pinera – Gary Wright – Maria Muldaur – Peter Rivera/Rare Earth – George McCrae – Dobie Gray – Lorna Luft – The Coasters – The Drifters – The Flamingos – The Mystics – Jimmy Clanton – Billy Swan – Dick Clark – Barbara Harris – The Cookies – The Marcels – The Shades Of Blue