Born in Cairo, Egypt. British-Maltese father.  Italian mother. International studies in Cairo, Egypt and Florence, Italy (Cambridge Proficiency in English Literature). Today resides between Italy and France.

Lilian Terry in Nice, France
Non-artistic curriculum

1950s - Interpreter-translator in English, Italian and French with the South African Legation; the Australian Legation; and with the office of the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, in Rome.

Singing activity

From the early 50s has appeared at concerts, festivals, radio & TV productions in Europe (East & West), USA mainland and Hawaii. Has recorded, among others, with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Drew, Tommy Flanagan, Ed Thigpen, Von Freeman...

Last stage performances

January 21st 2003 at the Midem in Cannes, France, presenting the CD recorded in Chicago "EMOTIONS" (TCB the Montreux Jazz Label).

March 2005 - Godmother, Singer and Mistress of Ceremonies at the First "Jazz Ladies' Festival" in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. On that occasion announces her retirement from all musical activities.

Non-singing activities

Lyric writer in English and Italian for leading Italian film composers.

Producer for Jazz shows with RAI, national Italian radio and TV, chooses the guest artists, conducting live interviews.

Author/producer of documentaries on famous jazz personalities.

In October 1967 she represents Italy at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree attending the creation of the European Jazz Federation where she is elected vice-president of the Division of Education.

During the 70s/80s she represents RAI at the yearly EBU (European Broadcasting Union) International Jazz Quiz, broadcast live by all member countries. She translates simultaneously from English or French into Italian.

During the 80s/90s she produces and presents all over Italy a series of successful International Jazz Concert Seasons.

She is requested by the educational authorities to hold high-school lectures on the history of Afro-American Music with live jazz music, all over Italy.

In 1983 she creates with Dizzy the "Dizzy Gillespie Popular School of Music" in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. In 1987, celebrating Gillespie's 70th birthday, the school inaugurates a section dedicated to blind students. It closes its activities in 1996, 3 years after Dizzy's passing away.

She has translated into Italian Gillespie's autobiography, To be or not to Bop, as well as various Duke Ellington writings.

In December 2017 the University of Illinois Press published her first book, Dizzy, Duke, Brother Ray and Friends.