Terell Stafford

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Terell Stafford
Ravi Coltrane (left), Terell Stafford, and Charnett Moffett (right) performing at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 13, 2005.
Background information
Birth name Terell Lamark Stafford
Born November 1966 (1966-11) (age 49)
Origin Miami, Florida, USA
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Trumpet player
Years active 1995–present
Website Official website

Terell Stafford is a professional jazz trumpet player and current Director of Jazz Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University.

Terell Stafford was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in both Chicago, Illinois, and Silver Spring, Maryland. He went on to get a degree in music education from University of Maryland in 1988 and a degree in classical trumpet performance from Rutgers University in 1993. Originally a classical trumpet player, Stafford soon branched out to jazz with the University of Maryland jazz band.

His career in jazz soon picked up and has played with McCoy Tyner, Christian McBride, John Clayton, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, and Russell Malone and on stages such as Carnegie Hall and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He recently released a CD entitled New Beginnings featuring a number of other new up-and-coming musicians such as bassist Derrick Hodge.

In addition to his position at Temple, Terell Stafford has also worked with the Juilliard School's jazz program, at the Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington program, and with the 2006 All-Alaska Jazz Band.


As leader[edit]

Terell Stafford
In Aarhus Denmark (2012)
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
  • Time to let go (Candid, 1995)
  • Centripetal Force (Candid, 1996)
  • Gentle Warrior (Criss Cross, 1997)
  • Fields of Gold (Nagel Heyer, 1999)
  • New Beginnings (MAXJAZZ, 2003)
  • Taking Chances / Live at the Dakota (MAXJAZZ, 2005)
  • Bridging the Gap (Planet Arts, 2009)
  • This Side of Strayhorn (MAXJAZZ, 2011)
  • Brotherlee Love (CAPRI Records Inc., 2015)

As sideman[edit]

With Stephen Scott

  • Aminah's Dream (Verve, 1992)

With Shirley Scott

With Bobby Watson

  • Tailor Made (Columbia, 1992)
  • Midwest Shuffle (Columbia, 1993)

With Lafayette Harris, Jr.

  • Lafayette Is Here! (Muse, 1992)

With Cecil Brooks III

  • Neck Peckin' Jammie (Muse, 1993)

With Tim Warfield

  • A Cool Blue (Criss Cross, 1994)
  • A Whisper in the Midnight (Criss Cross, 1995)

With Ed Wiley

  • In Remembrance (Swing, 1995)

With Cornell Dupree

  • Bop'n Blues (Kokopelli, 1995)

With Herbie Mann

  • America / Brazil (Lightyear, 1995)

With Victor Lewis

  • Eeeyyess! (Enja, 1996)

With Marc Cary

  • Listen (Arabesque Jazz, 1996)

With Melissa Walker

  • May I Feel (Enja, 1997)

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

  • Thank You, Joe (Arkadia Jazz, 1999)

With Bruce Barth

  • East and West (MAXJAZZ, 2001)

With Ferit Odman

  • Dameronia With Strings (Equinox Music & Entertainment, 2015)
  • Autumn in New York (Equinox Music & Entertainment, 2011)

With Jack Cooper and the DoAM Jazz Orchestra

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