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Roiger, Teri (Theresa Kathleen)

Roiger, Teri (Theresa Kathleen), jazz singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, teacher; b. Red Wing, MN, 27 January 1951. One of three children who grew up in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Teri's father and mother owned and ran a grocery store. Her father was also the mayor of Cannon Falls and played the accordion. She has two brothers, both of whom were musicians at one time (Rick played piano and sang in a country band and Ron was a rock and roll drummer).

Roiger was raised and educated in Minnesota. She was a church organist from age 13 to age 18 and after graduating from high school attended the University of Minnesota. She became interested in jazz and started studying piano with the world-renowned stride pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson. Teri eventually gravitated toward her real love, jazz singing, and started working with Butch as a duo. They performed at major festivals and nightclubs in the U.S. and Europe, doing mostly Billie Holiday material. Most of her knowledge of jazz came from listening to the music and studying privately with pianists and singers, among them Butch Thompson, Bobby Peterson, Jay Clayton, and Jeanne Lee. After working with Butch Thompson, Teri began working with many other musicians, including duos, trios, quartets, and Big Bands throughout the Midwest. In the mid 80s she moved to NYC to pursue her musical ambitions. She was married briefly to bassist Anthony Cox. She has performed and/ or recorded with Kirk Lightsey, Salvatore Bonafede, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Cobb, Robin Eubanks, Jack DeJohnette, John DiMartino, Al Foster, John Gunther, Fred Hersch, Mark McLean, John Menegon, David "Fathead" Newman, Dewey Redman, Roswell Rudd, Tani Tabbal and many others. Teri has been touring Europe with her own trio, playing at  the Sunside and Sept Lezard in Paris, L'inoui in Luxembourg, The Maxburg in Neustadt Weinlokal, Germany, and L'Archiduc and the Sheraton in Brussels. In New York City she has appeared at Birdland, Caviarteria, Chez Suzette, Cleopatra's Needle, Cornelia St. Cafe, Five Spot, Knickerbocker, Knitting Factory, La Belle Epoque, Metronome and Visiones. She has also played the Priory (NJ), Clarendon (Quebec City), Dakota Bar & Grill (St. Paul, MN), L'Air Du Temp (Montreal), the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA) and the Mohonk Jazz Festival (New Paltz, NY). Roiger performs nationally and internationally at jazz festivals, concert halls, nightclubs, art institutions and schools as a solo artist on piano, a bass and voice duo with John Menegon, and with her quartet (recently touring Europe with Menegon, Kirk Lightsey and John Betsch). Living just outside of New York City in the Catskills, she is a teacher of jazz voice at Bard College, Williams College (MA) and the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, where she also teaches a vocal ensemble and jazz history.

She is presently married to jazz bassist John Menegon and lives in the Catskill Mountains in New York State.

Misterioso (with Kenny Burrell, Jack DeJohnette) (1998); Still Life (2004); John Menegon: Search Light (2004)

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