Terell Stafford

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


Terell Lamark Stafford, 25 November 1966, Miami, Florida, USA. Raised in Illinois and Maryland, Stafford studied music from the age of 13, playing viola and guitar before settling on the trumpet. His musical education continued at the University of Maryland. He first came to widespread attention during a five-year spell playing trumpet with Bobby Watson’s Horizon, appearing on the early 90s Tailor Made. Coming out of the hard bop school, Stafford’s playing is notable for its wide emotional range. He is a fine ballad player with an uncloying romantic touch. He also composes well and has extended his career into teaching, serving as director of bands at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania. Despite an already secure reputation, Stafford is constantly seeking to extend his musical boundaries while never losing touch with the roots of his style of playing.

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