Terri Quaye

singer / pianist / songwriter/Unitarian


veteran jazz singer, 


songwriter, composer and former percussionist.

Terri,  resident singer at 

The Mandrake Club, London.    circa 1960          

Coming from a legendary jazz heritage which began in the 1920’s, her style has travelled through the genres of bebop, swing and avant-garde. Terri has played and recorded with jazz giants: Archie Shepp, Richard Davis, Leo Wright, Johnny Griffin, John Stevens and Dudu Pukwana to name a few. She studied piano with her close friend, the acclaimed late British jazz pianist Alan Clare, who was internationally regarded as a‘Musician’s Musician’. Her influences: Bill Evans, Shirley Horn, Duke Ellington.

Jazz Festival appearances: 

London. Melkveg Festival, Amsterdam. Christchurch Jazz Festival, New Zealand. Belsano Womens Festival, Italy. Jazz Forum Festival Warsaw & Lublin, Poland. Jazz Forum Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Hotels:The Meridien Hotel, Piccadilly, The Savoy and The Rubens Hotel, London. The Hilton Hotel Jumeirah, Dubai. The Novotel Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Syvilla Thorpe Dance Studio, NY, USA.

The Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA, 

Terri Quaye quintet tour Germany.

Carmel Jones-trumpet, Leo Wright-Alto Sax, Joe Nye-Drums, Hans Reckenbater-D.Bass..

 Circa 1970

Cruise Lines 

Crystal Harmony Cruise Line  * Renaissance Cruise Line  * Fred Olsen Cruise Line  * P & O Cruises.

Terri enjoys a reputation of  successful laid-back late night jazz piano bar entertainment. This image is from her residency on the R4, Rennaisance Cruise Line based in Tahiti.


She has also written scores for theatre: 'In Exile With An African Head' directed by Mark Heath.‘Care and Control’ 1977 and‘Patterns’ 1984 both written and directed Nancy Diuguid and ‘The Return of the Kitchen Sisters’ Directed by Alice Wilson 1985, Austin, Texas.

Terri Quaye Trio 

The Needles Eye, New York

Harold Mabern - piano 

Richard Davis - Double Bass  

? drums.


Terri also enjoyed international acclaim as a percussionist and lecturer on traditional African music and holds a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology.

© Terri Quaye 2022