Terry Plumeri

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Terry Plumeri
Birth name Johnterryl Plumeri
Also known as Terry Plumeri
Genres Classical, Jazz, Film Music,
Occupations Composer, Conductor, Musician
Instruments Bass
Years active 1963-


Terry Plumeri (born November 28, 1945) is an American classical composer, film composer, conductor, double bassist, lecturer, and producer.

He was born near Tampa Bay, Florida. His father, Donato Plumeri (aka, "Don Palmer"), was a theatrical agent based in Trenton, New Jersey who left Plumeri's mother when he was an infant. His father was absent during all of his childhood and his mother was forced to work to support herself, so he was raised by his maternal grandmother.[1]

He began playing the trumpet at age ten, and at age 15 took up the double-bass.

He attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City from 1963 to 1967. There he took lessons from Robert Brennand, a bassist with the New York Philharmonic.

In the mid-60s, he was a bassist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., where he studied composition and conducting with Antal Doráti.

In the early 1970s, he toured with Roberta Flack and played bass on Flack's LP, "Chapter Two". Later, he produced and promoted his own music, most notability the jazz avant-garde recordings, "He Who Lives in Many Places" (1971) and "Water Garden" (1978) (formerly titled "Ongoing").

Terry moved to Los Angeles in to establish a career in film music. He has written music for over 50 films, mainly in the horror genre.[2]

He has been a guest conductor with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and has made two well-received recordings with the orchestra playing compositions by Tchaikovsky.[3]

Terry returned to playing jazz in 2005 utilizing an arco style bass in a jazz trio setting.[4] The result of this endeavor has met with critical praise.[5]

Selected discography[edit]

  • He Who Lives in Many Places (1971)
  • Ongoing (1978) Re-released as "Water Garden" (2007)
  • Night Eyes 3 (1993)
  • Plumeri Conducts Plumeri (1994)
  • Death Wish V (1994)
  • Tchaikovsky/Plumeri/Moscow (1998)
  • Nate and the Colonel (2003)
  • Blue In Green (2005)
  • Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5, & 6/Johnterryl Plumeri-Conductor (2007)
  • Chamber Music of Johnterryl Plumeri - Vol. 1 (2009)
  • Scarecrows (2009)
  • Mr. Atlas (2010)
  • Black Sea Raid (2010)


  1. ^ A Conversation with Multifaceted Film Composer Johnterryl Plumeri
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database - Terry Plumeri Filmography
  3. ^ Terry Plumeri and Tchaikovsky
  4. ^ All About Jazz - Terry Plumeri
  5. ^ Review of Plumeri's "Blue in Green" in Audiophile Audition

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