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Stafford, Terell

Stafford, Terell, trumpet (b. Miami, November 25, 1966). An adventurous trumpeter of the hard bop school, Stafford was initially inspired by Clifford Brown, and his current style shows traces of Clifford and all the major trumpeters who followed. Wynton Marsalis recommended that Stafford study with William Fielder at Rutgers University, and while still in school, Stafford joined Bobby Watson’s group Horizon, with which he stayed for five years. He then joined McCoy Tyner’s Latin All-Star Band, which also included Steve Turré, Dave Valentin and Jerry Gonzalez. Stafford is currently a professor of music and director of jazz studies at Temple University. He has recorded five CDs under his own leadership, including Taking Chances, New Beginnings and Fields Of Gold, and numerous others as a sideman, including Bill Cunliffe’s Blues And The Abstract Truth, take 2, Diana Krall’s From This Moment On, and Jimmy Heath’s Turn Up The Heath. He is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Clayton Brothers Quintet and the Frank Wess Quintet. He is a featured clinician at the Vail (Colorado) Jazz Workshop and Jazz At Lincoln Center’s “Essentially Ellington” program. His website is www.terellstafford.com

Contributor: Thomas Cunniffe.