Terry Pollard (August 15, 1931 – December 16, 2009) was a jazz pianist and vibraphonist prominent in the Detroit jazz scene of the 1940s and 1950s. She has been described as a "major player who was inexplicably overlooked."
Pollard began her career by collaborating with other Detroit musicians, such as Billy Mitchell (and Elvin Jones, in the house band at the Blue Bird Inn), Johnny Hill, and the Emmitt Slay Trio. She was discovered by Terry Gibbs and toured with him in the early 1950s, playing piano and vibraphone. She recorded an album with him, Terry Gibbs Quartet - Featuring Terry Pollard. Pollard appeared with Gibbs on an episode of The Tonight Show hosted by Steve Allen. Her collaborations with Gibbs from 1953 to 1957 marked the height of her career.
Pollard recorded a self-titled solo album for Bethlehem Records in 1955 and won the Down Beat Magazine New Artist award in 1956. Pollard retired from her full-time music career shortly thereafter in order to raise a family, but she continued to play locally in Detroit and performed with visiting artists, including Diana Ross and the Supremes. She was inducted into the Michigan Jazz Hall of Fame.
Her contributions to the mid-century Detroit jazz scene were recognized in the book Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit 1920-1960, by Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert.
- Terry Pollard Quintet (Bethlehem, 1954)
With Clark Terry
- Clark Terry (1954)
With Terry Gibbs
- Terry Gibbs (Brunswick, 1955) (Emarcy 1956)
- Mallets-A-Plenty (Emarcy 1956)
- Swingin' with Terry Gibbs and His Orchestra (EmArcy, 1957)
With Yusef Lateef
- Lateef at Cranbrook (Argo, 1958)
- The Dreamer (Savoy, 1959)
- The Fabric of Jazz (Savoy, 1959)
- Angel Eyes, (Savoy Jazz 2LP Reissue of The Dreamer and The Fabric of Jazz 1979)
- Beautiful Flowers (CD compilation of Savoy tracks, 2005)
- At Cranbrook and Elsewhere, 2009
With Dorothy Ashby
With Don Fagerquist
- Portrait of a Great Jazz Artist (2005)
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