Desert Island Jazz
Terry Disley (2008)

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Native Londoners are as rare in London as are native Californians in California, but Terry Disley is one of the former (even if he does now live in the San Francisco Bay Area).

Terry's saxophone has been abandoned in a closet since his first hearing Charlie Parker, but he persisted with the piano, on which he had been receiving classical training since the age of eight, even after he'd seen Oscar Peterson perform.

From young beginnings at age 11, Terry has composed for ensembles large and small, acoustic and electric, contemporary pop and straight-ahead jazz, and in film he has both composed music and played piano "played" on the screen by one of the main characters. In the UK, he appeared regularly at Ronnie Scott's in London, was the musical director for ex-Eurythmics singer Dave Stewart, and appeared with a number of knights such as Mick Jagger, Tom Jones and Paul McCartney, as well as visitors such as Brian Wilson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bon Jovi.

He has lived in San Francisco since 1997, and appears regularly at locations such as Shanghai 1930 in the City and at Miramar Restaurant in Half Moon Bay.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Michel Petrucciani Music Looking Up (Blue Note)
# 2 Charlie Parker The Essential Charlie Parker Confirmation (Verve)
# 3 Oscar Peterson Tenderly Surrey with the Fringe on Top (Just a Memory)
# 4 John Coltrane Coltrane Soul Eyes (Impulse)
# 5 Chick Corea My Spanish Heart Armando's Rhumba (Verve)
# 6 Joe Pass Virtuoso Night and Day (Pablo)
# 7 Monty Alexander The River Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus (GRP)
# 8 Acoustic Alchemy Reference Point Missing Your Touch (GRP)
# 9 Miles Davis Kind of Blue Blue in Green (Columbia)
Book Claude M. Bristol, "The Magic of Believing"
Luxury Item A piano, a tuning key, a candelabra and some matches
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