Sally Terrell w/ John DiMartino
Friday, August 26th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
The Main Stage
“She might have come to this realm a little late down the path but must have had the music in her heart the whole time. With smart jazzbo instincts and a forward-thinking vision, she pulls it together to be a thrush for our times. Not traditional and not cutting edge, she occupies her own space nicely and has the skills to pay the bills.” Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“Feel Alive artfully captures the zeitgeist of the pandemic era with a collection of emotional, socially conscious originals and fresh interpretations of standards that uniquely fit our cultural moment.”
“With a seasoned group behind her, and singing lived in lyrics, Sally Terrell’s first release, Just In Time, doesn’t sound like a first outing. It could have been called About Time.” Giacomo Gates
Sally Terrell’s professional singing career may be a “second act” following thirty years as an English professor, but music has always been her passion. A native of Youngstown, New York, she began playing piano and singing at age six, poking out melodies alongside her father, a classically trained pianist and jazz aficionado who passed along his love for music while discovering his youngest daughter could play and sing by ear. Terrell’s interest and skill flourished in the music program at Lewiston-Porter, but she would put her musical ambitions aside while building a successful college teaching career in Connecticut. Terrell began singing professionally when she and her husband formed the Green Jazz Band in 2010.
Her first solo album, Just in Time (2019), features fresh takes on jazz standards and an original song, Blue Piano, written in tribute to her father. Her second release, Feel Alive (2022), “artfully captures the zeitgeist of the pandemic era with a collection of emotional, socially conscious originals and fresh interpretations of standards that uniquely fit our cultural moment.” Both projects highlight a fruitful collaboration with producer and renowned jazz pianist John diMartino, who says of her work, “Sally brings a beautiful energy to these songs, breathing new life into them.” Terrell’s intuitive interpretations and razor-sharp ear showcase a velvety alto and a gift for sharing the timeless stories of jazz.