Terry Disley was born in London October 1956. He studied Pianoforte and theory of music at the Salterton School of Music from the age of 9 –18. He studied piano for 12 years studying classical repertoire, as well as jazz, composition, harmony and arranging for 10 years. In 1982 Terry and his group Macondo received the award for Best Jazz Musician’s of the year from the Greater London Arts Association.
He started composing at age 11 and by 13 was writing for his own electric/acoustic chamber group. Terry has gone on to write for a multitude of ensembles. Including string quartets, electronic contemporary dance music, jazz big band, ambient new age music and contemporary pop songs. In 1997 he composed the music for the motion picture ‘Snitch’, a Ted Demme film which premiered at the Sundance film festival.
He also wrote 2 compositions for the Grammy Award nominated “Back on the Case” album by British new age jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, with whom he toured and recorded for six years. He also wrote “the Beautiful Game” for
Alchemy – a top ten hit for 16 weeks and resulted in a top twenty placement in the “Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 2000” – Billboard Magazine.
As a player and
performer Terry was featured soloist with London’s Metropolitan
Orchestra on the soundtrack of the movie “Beautiful Girls” starring
Matt Dilon and Uma Thurman, in which Timothy Hutton played the part of a
pianist for whom Terence created the music. He also was
He collaborated with
pop star Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) on a whole range of projects
throughout 1992-97. One highlight was appearing live in
As a session player in
London he was much in demand and has been commissioned to work on
projects with Sir Paul McCartney, George
Since 1997 he has lived
in San Francisco recording and performing with his own projects, and has
been employed regularly as a session musician
From 1999 – 2002 he
lead his own trio “Three Thinking”, three nights a week at the Ana
Mandara - Don Johnson’s fabulous Vietnamese style club
Most recently, in September 2003 he co-wrote music for the San Francisco Oracle World Convention with Chris Hedge of the Magic Shop. He performed an improvisation on these themes on solo piano in front of 15,000 people at the Moscone Center – and their music was enhanced by a state of the art laser light show.
Terry’s debut CD with his new band was released in 2003. The track Side to Side was entered into a competition on KKSF Radio 103.7 – the Bay Areas Smooth jazz station. The track received the most votes by a long way – 17,047 people voted for his piece.
Shakespeare’s Sister, Sir Bob Geldof (single), Billy Bragg, Moodswings,
Susannah Hoffs (single), Wilson Phillips w/ Brian
Demo’s/writing/unreleased projects –
Sir Paul McCartney, (unreleased
session London ‘97).
Roger Daltry (who) , Dave Gilmour (Floyd), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) – Two Stadium Shows in Columbia
Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) – various TV appearances including the Prince Charles Trust Concert, and many live shows – including European tour.
Terry Hall (specials) – five concerts in Tokyo with Dave Stewart supporting Bob Dylan.
Bootsy Collins Bernie Worrell and Candy Dulfer – with Dave Stewart at the Prince Charles Wembley concert.
Madness – World tour (Europe/Australia/America) and Live TV Broadcast New Years Eve, England.
Acoustic Alchemy – 6 years touring worldwide, mainly America - plus writing and recording. TV appearances on Pebble Mill/Gas Street etc.
Hot Chocolate – Irish tour.
Sheena Easton – TV appearance on Jonathon Ross show,
Cyndi Lauper – TV appearance on Jonathon Ross show.
Lou Rawls - TV appearance on Jameson Tonight show.
Snitch – Producer Ted
Demme –Starring – Denis Leahry
Beautiful Girls –
Producer Ted Demme –Starring Uma Thurman/Matt Dilon/ Tim Hutton.
Showgirls – producer
Paul Verhoeven –Starring Elizabeth Berkeley
Crime Time – producer
George Sluizer –Starring Keith Postlewaithe
The Ref – producer
Ted Demme –Starring Denis Leary
Live appearances with -
Cecile Payne – saxophone be-bop legend - (one week of concerts in London)
Urbie Greene – legendary trombonist - (one week of concerts in London)
Eddie Henderson – legendary trumpet star - various live shows in UK and America
Branford Marsalis – (sat in with my trio in London).
Working Week – various live shows including Japanese tour and the Vienna Jazz Festival opening for Miles Davis).
Carmen Lundi – jazz vocalist - (one week of concerts in London)
Dee Dee Bridgewater – legendary vocalist - (Paris sessions and one track released on CD).
"Experience" – the Terry Disley Band Debut CD of this red-hot jazz and groove group.
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