Terry Burrus

Classical music, Composer


Who is Terry Burrus?

Terrance Corley Burrus is an American keyboardist, composer, record producer, conductor, business and fashion designer executive.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he started touring as a teenager playing with jazz fusion violinist Michał Urbaniak and singer Jean Carne, while still in high school in New York. Terry went on to replace Urbaniak's keyboardist at that time, Barry Eastman in Urbaniak's band. Burrus was brought to Jean Carne through percussionist-producer Norman Hedman who was one of Burrus's musical mentors as a child also. Later on through these types of associations, Burrus went on to play with trumpeter Tom Browne, drummer Lenny White and singer Melba Moore. Recommended by his friend pianist Kenny Kirkland, who was the keyboardist for Sting during the mid-1980s, Burrus moved on to play with the great Lena Horne in her award-winning show Lady And Her Music in 1984. Her band comprised Terry on piano and keyboards, Ben Brown on bass, Rodney Jones on guitar, Wilby Fletcher on drums, along with music director Linda Twine and an array of orchestras on various concert dates, including the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Also known as
  • Terrence Corley Burrus
  • Burrus, Terry
Lived in
  • Brooklyn

on July 23, 2013


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