Terell Stafford’s Circuitous Path to Jazz Stardom

Recognized as one of the foremost contemporary jazz trumpeters, Terell Stafford’s path has been marked by many twists, turns, ups and downs. At various times he was strongly discouraged by teachers—one early teacher even told him he should stay far away from music—and at other times he has been challenged and inspired by various mentors, including alto legend Bobby Watson and trumpet greats Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis. In my conversation with Terell, wait ’till you hear how Wynton helped Terell’s musical evolution at a couple of pivotal points…


“Soft Winds” Terell Stafford
“Blame It on My Youth” Terell Stafford
“Moto Perpetuo” Wynton Marsalis
“Let the Bright Seraphim” Kathleen Battle & Wynton Marsalis
“Symphony # 4” Tchaikovsky, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
“Bags’ Groove” Miles Davis
“Step Right Up” Clark Terry
“Cherokee” Bobby Watson
“Country Corn Flakes” Bobby Watson
“Pere” Bobby Watson, Terell Stafford
“Into the Faddisphere” Jon Faddis
“Black & Tan Fantasy” Duke Ellington
“Blueberry Hill” Trumpet Summit Band with Terell Stafford
“Favor” Terell Stafford

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Published February 12th, 2020 by Bob Hecht

One thought on “Terell Stafford’s Circuitous Path to Jazz Stardom”

  1. I really enjoyed this interview with Terell. I know Terell but never knew his journey in becoming a Great trumpet player. So glad I took the time to listen to a fascinating interview. Thanks for Sharing.

    Bobby V. (Jack n Jules)

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