Bio 2018-06-20T02:06:40+00:00
silver collection

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EXTRAORDINARY MUSICIAN Terry Wollman offers up a 25 year musical retrospective with his album “Silver Collection“. It is project that Wollman calls, “The very best songs from all my records since 1988.” Not to mention some of the very best musicians, including Joe Sample, Gerald Albright, Abraham Laboriel, Keb’ Mo’, Mindi Abair, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, Lenny Castro and the late Ricky Lawson. And, those are just a few of the names attached to the compilation.

THE FIRST SINGLE “Welcome to Paradise” is a blend of smooth jazz, latin-salsa, world beat, and adult contemporary pop, all served up in a single, consistent sonic landscape. With guest artist Dave Koz, Terry’s guitar work is showcased brilliantly and it will take you on a musical ride.

Terry Wollman has released 7 albums and with his single “Mandela” going all the way to number one. An acclaimed songwriter, composer and producer, he has worked with: Keb’ Mo’, Dave Koz, Melissa Manchester, Dionne Warwick and many more.

AN ACCOMPLISHED and versatile producer, composer, and musician, Terry has commanded such diverse projects touring, recording and performing as music director and/or guitarist for dozens of renowned artists including Billy Preston, The 5th Dimension, Wilson Phillips, Al Jarreau, Joan Baez, Joe Walsh, Keb’ Mo’, Gerald Albright and Eartha Kitt, to name just a few. Added his passion for music, and through his innate curiosity, ability and perseverance, Terry emerged as a skilled artist, forging an enviable career that has crossed over into every major category of music in the spectrum.

ORIGINALLY FROM MIAMI, Terry was formally educated in Boston, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arranging from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. After arriving in Los Angeles, Terry built a solid reputation as an in-demand session guitarist and producer. His music styles range from jazz to pop, rock, blues, R&B and beyond.

TERRY’S DEBUT RECORDING, “Bimini”, a contemporary jazz collection received worldwide critical acclaim. This is a breakthrough work filled with passionate melodies and sensual, funky grooves supported by an all star cast of world-class musicians, including Joe Sample, Abraham Laboriel, Dean Parks, Paulinho Da Costa, and the Tower of Power horns.

HIS SECOND ALBUM, “Say Yes,” was extremely well received in large part due to his eclectic musical choices and an incredible array of guest artists such as Joe Sample, Abraham Laboriel, John Robinson, Luis Conte and Michael McDonald interpreting Terry’s sonic vision.

MOVING INTO THE POP WORLD Terry co-wrote and produced a high-energy dance record for the supergroup “Baila – Shall We Dance?”. Reaching back to old-school disco and funk, this record sizzles with a diverse collection of dance songs that create an infectious groove. With talented musicians bridging the pop, funk, electronica and dance worlds, Baila includes Terry on electric guitar, Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett, Marc Hugenberger, Vail Johnson, and The Vine Street Horns, with Amy Keys and Ellis Hall on vocals.

TERRY WAS COMMISSIONED to produce and co-write the uniquely themed “Sleep Suite“, designed to encourage a great night’s sleep for all. He teamed up with Integrative Medicine specialist Dr. Glenn Wollman to create this relaxing mix of Native American flute, guitars, didgeridoo, crystal bowls, and distant gongs… creating a healing musical collaboration between the arts and sciences.

BUDDHA’S EAR, HIS FIFTH ALBUM  is an audiophile masterpiece. Terry Wollman’s guitar playing, writing, and production take us on a heartfelt musical journey influenced by his travels around the world. In his usual style, he once again brings together an all star band including John (JR) Robinson, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Greg Manning, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Keb’ Mo’, Melanie Taylor and Melissa Manchester. He adds to the beauty of this recording with three string quartet arrangements recorded at the world renowned Capitol Studio.

Terry’s first Christmas album, reunites his long time friends, (the late) Ricky Lawson, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Wally Minko, and Lenny Castro to put his own unique spin on holiday classics. Special guests artists include Melissa Manchester, Melanie Taylor, Ellis Hall, Perla Batalla, Mindi Abair, Eric Marienthal and John Robinson. Terry’s expertise in arranging shines once again with his addition of a string quartet to his remarkable rhythm section. This one is a true original.

Terry’s TV engagements include stints on “Scrubs”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, FOX TV’s “Late Show”, “The Byron Allen Show”, “The Arsenio Hall Show” and “Married With Children”. Among his acting credits are appearances on “Desperate Housewives”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, “Cavemen” and “Dirty Sexy Money”.

AS A DIVERSE and highly respected musician, Terry’s artistry continues to evolve and inspire with integrity and a uniquely creative perspective on the music industry. Terry offers up a 25 year musical retrospective with his album “Silver Collection“. As he says, “it showcases the very best songs from all my records since 1988.” Not to mention some of the very best musicians, including Joe Sample, Gerald Albright, Abraham Laboriel, Keb’ Mo’, Mindi Abair, Michael McDonald, Dave Koz, Lenny Castro and the late Ricky Lawson. And, those are just a few of the names attached to the compilation.


What is your first musical memory?
Growing up in Miami, I remember being at school outside on the playground and hearing this amazing music drift through the air. I walked towards the sound, which was coming from a  limo parked under a tree in the shade, and heard “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” for the first time, sung by Otis Redding… And I was hooked.

What or whom do you go to for musical inspiration?
Living and working in Los Angeles since 1981 has exposed me to amazing music and musicians. I listen to what my peers are writing and also find out who they are listening to. I have learned how important it is to go back to the original source for musical inspiration. If you like the Stones, then you might like Muddy Waters. I also am inspired by traveling and experiencing the sounds and cultures of the world. Dig deep for inspiration.

Who is the most interesting person you have met?
President Barack Obama. No contest.

Stones or Beatles?
Beatles… However, reading “Life” by Keith Richards has changed a few things for me.

Without using the words “Alternative,” “Pop,” or “Rock,” please describe your sound.
Contemporary Jazz mixed with R&B, World, and Pop… Oops, I said Pop!

What’s your dream collaboration?
I actually accomplished my dream collaboration on my new album “The Very Best – Silver Collection”.  The simple truth is these world class musicians and singers were my first and only choice of who I wanted to record with.

Do you find the song or does the song find you?
Typically I go looking and we seem to find each other. Once in a while I get woken up, or tapped on the shoulder, by a melody or a lyric. I make it a point to give a warm welcome to any of those unexpected visitors.

How do you discover new music?
I am curious by nature and ask a lot of questions. I also find new music by using computer apps like Soundhound and Pandora. When I am in a new city, or country, I flip through radio stations to see what I might trip over.


Tell us about your first band.
I must have still been in elementary school back in Miami, Florida. My first rock trio… two electric guitars and a snare drum with cymbal. We had learned two Beatles songs and “Louie, Louie” (Paul Revere and The Raiders version).  We figured that we could audition at one of the beachfront hotels outside by the pool. What we didn’t figure was that they would hire us on the spot to play for the afternoon. You could say we wore out “Twist and Shout.”

What was the first concert you ever went to?
Donovan. I was 13 and the opening act was an unknown singer/pianist named Carole King. I still remember the emotion I felt as I walked down to the front of the stage mesmerized by the sight and sound of an artist performing their music. I guess I’ve been walking towards great music ever since.

What’s the weirdest experience you’ve had on stage?
How about scariest? My first tour was playing guitar in Billy Preston’s band. We were performing in Germany, using rented amps, and right before my feature solo on “Get Back” as the spotlight hits me… no sound! The amp quit. There is no book or class that tells you what to do in a situation like that. So, I just played my solo like I had my show together while somebody else was not taking care of their business. I guess that’s what separates the men from the boys.


Do you EVER have time to take a vacation?
Once! I was taking the train from Lisbon to hang on the beach in Lagos, Portugal, eating grilled fish fresh from the ocean, exploring ancient pirate caves, then swimming in the Mediterranean. Didn’t suck. Well actually there have been a few other great vacations, but that one is probably my favorite.

I can see you are a world traveler. Do you have any travel tips?
Bring healthy snacks. Nuts, dried fruit, protein bars. You never know how long it will be before your next meal.

So you must have a favorite hotel then?
Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco. I never actually stayed there, but had a fantastic meeting in the bar. They have the largest area rug in the lobby that I have ever seen in my life! Seriously.

What would be your top 5 books?

1. Life – Keith Richards. A crystal clear recollection of one musician’s personal and humorous perspective of The Rolling Stones, the music business, and life itself. I could not put this book down.

2. Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen. “I am ninety. Or ninety-three. One or the other.” Best ever opening paragraph. I often forget how old I am… sometimes thinking I’m a year older, other times a year younger. It’s been that way since I was in my 20’s. Probably because my life never seems to coincide properly with my actual age. I’m never off by more than a year.

3. Anything written by Stephen King. I can completely disappear inside a Stephen King book. When I read his stories I no longer exist. I find myself transfixed in another world, only drifting back to my life as the pages close.

4. James and the Giant Peach – Ronald Dahl. I first read this as a child and revisited this book as an adult. The idea of a child escaping to see the world, in a giant piece of fruit with overgrown garden insects. I mean, how cool is that? I guess I’ve always been interested in travel and love that part of being a touring musician. Fortunately, the accommodations are usually better.

5. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not – Robert L. Ripley. As long as I can remember, explorers and survivors have fascinated me. These books expose us to what is perceived as the impossible while ultimately showing us what is truly possible. I have always loved looking at pictures and reading stories by adventurers such as Robert Ripley, Harry Houdini, John F. Kennedy (PT-109 by Robert Donovan). I am inspired by the strength of the human spirit and the ability we share to explore, survive, hope, and dream.

(Bonus book.  My website… I can stretch the rules.)

6. Tao Te Ching – Lao Tsu. Given to me on January 6, 1975 by my life long friend (and math teacher) John Shaw. I apparently have carried this book with me to wherever I have lived since high school. Looking back, and present, I can see where these words have influenced me.

Thank you Terry.
It was really nice having this chat with you.

My pleasure.