Terry Pollard

Terry Pollard

born on 15/8/1931 in Detroit, MI, United States

died on 16/12/2009 in New York City, NY, United States

Terry Pollard

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Terry Pollard (August 15, 1931 - December 16, 2009) was a jazz pianist prominent in the Detroit jazz scene of the 1940s and 1950s. She has been described as a "major player who was inexplicably overlooked."[1]

Pollard began her career by collaborating with other Detroit musicians, such as Billy Mitchell, Johnny Hill, and the Emmitt Slay Trio.[2] She was discovered by Terry Gibbs and toured with him in the early 1950s, playing piano and vibraphone. She recorded an album with him, Terry Gibbs Quartet - Featuring Terry Pollard.[3] Pollard appeared with Gibbs on an episode of The Tonight Show hosted by Steve Allen.[4] Her collaborations with Gibbs from 1953 to 1957 marked the height of her career.[2]

Pollard also performed with John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.[4]

Pollard recorded a self-titled solo album for Bethlehem Records in 1955 and won the Down Beat Magazine New Artist award in 1956. Pollard retired from her full-time music career shortly thereafter in order to raise a family, but she continued to play locally in Detroit and performed with visiting artists, including Diana Ross and the Supremes.[4] She was inducted into the Michigan Jazz Hall of Fame.[5]

Her contributions to the mid-century Detroit jazz scene were recognized in the book Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit 1920-1960, by Lars Bjorn and Jim Gallert.[4]


As leader

  • Terry Pollard (Bethlehem, 1955)

Other recordings

With Dorothy Ashby

  • Soft Winds (Jazzland, 1961)

With Terry Gibbs

  • Terry Gibbs Quintet (Brunswick, 1953)
  • Swingin' with Terry Gibbs and His Orchestra (EmArcy, 1956)

With Yusef Lateef

  • Lateef at Cranbrook (Argo, 1958)
  • The Dreamer (Savoy, 1959)
  • The Fabric of Jazz (Savoy, 1959)


  1. Chell, Samuel (23 October 2007). Terry Gibbs: Terry Gibbs Quartet Featuring Terry Pollard (2007). All About Jazz. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yanow, Scott. [Terry Pollard at All Music Guide Terry Pollard: Biography]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 26 June 2011.
  3. http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/terry_gibbs_quartet_-_featuring_terry_pollard-cd-4790.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 http://jazztimes.com/articles/25540-jazz-pianist-terry-pollard-dies-at-78
  5. http://michigancitizen.com/terry-pollard-detroitborn-jazz-pianist-succumbs-to-long-illness-p8177-79.htm

External links

  • Video of Terry Gibbs Quartet featuring Terry Pollard on piano and vibraphone
  • Detroit Musicians memorial page
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