THELMA TERRY

Classic (1920s) Jazz • United States
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Bassist and singer Thelma Terry was one of the first women to take the lead of her own jazz orchestra. Born Thelma Combes to a poor family in Chicago, at age 18 Terry was already playing first chair in the Chicago Women's Symphony Orchestra. She was a student at Austin High School, and many of the so-called "Austin High Gang" served at one time or another in Thelma Terry's band. The Austin High student most significant to Terry's story was drummer Gene Krupa, whose first gig was with Terry. It was with Terry's Playboys that Krupa made his recording debut on March 29, 1928. Other members of her band included pianist Bob Zurke, reedmen Bud Jacobsen, Bud Freeman, and Charles Dornberger. Thelma Terry played a variety of Chicago nightspots, and was billed as "the Jazz Princess."

Terry was practically alone in her chosen profession at her time and hardly found it
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Lady Of Havana / The Voice Of The Southland (Keeps Calling Me Home)
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Starlight And Tulips
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