Photo Gallery

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Lilian Terry and Dizzy Gillespie, Pistoia, Italy, 1981

Dizzy or the 'Joyous Soul of Jazz'

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Lilian Terry and Abbey Lincoln, Milan, Italy, 1968

My beautiful 'sister of the soul' Abbey Lincoln. The birth of a strong friendship through the years. Exceptional, vulnerable lady.

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Sonny Rollins, Lilian Terry, et al. Rome, Italy, 1963

TV Special including Italian "Quattro di Lucca" group. Always looking very sober, almost worried.

Lilian Terry with Bud Shank, Rome, 1963

TV Special dedicated to my very favorite flutist Bud Shank.

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Lilian Terry and Dave Brubeck, Rome, 1961

During a TV Special dedicated to Dave Brubeck's Quartet. We had lunch on the Old Appian Way the next day and remained friends for years.

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Lilian Terry & Kenny Clarke, Bassano, Italy, late 1970s

Feeding Italian gourmet goodies to my sweet buddy Kenny Clarke at "Lino a Solighetto," Marcello Mastroianni's favorite restaurant.

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Lilian Terry and Archie Shepp, Venice, Italy

On the famous bell tower of San Marco in Venice, during a TV special I was producing. Archie Shepp was terrified of heights and would only go up if I were holding his hand, while I hid below the camera sight. He would then open his eyes on my command, look around and express his wonder at the beauty of Venice, for the TV show. It lasted a brief moment, with my hand totally crushed!

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Lilian Terry and Johnny Griffin, Bologna, Italy, 1966

Humourous, sweet, and a good friend. He came to Bassano for Dizzy's 70th birthday 'concert' party.

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Lilian Terry with Steve Lacy and Enrico Rava, Rome, Italy, mid-1960s

With trumpetist Enrico Rava (then practically unknown) and saxofonist Steve Lacy. They were steady midnight jammers at my Jazz Club off the Via Veneto.

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Lilian Terry and Mal Waldron, Italy, late 1960s

With pianist Mal Waldron who toured with me for a few years. Having been Billie Holiday's pianist, we spoke a lot about her. He had a subtle, sharp sense of humour and we teased each other a lot. He would play pranks on me when performing at some important Festival, like playing a long complicated intro then, as I would open my mouth to sing, he would start the long complicated intro all over again and I would hear his "heh, heh, heh!"

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Poster for Dizzy’s Day, Bassano del Grappa, Italy, 1987

The town celebrated Dizzy's 70th birthday and authorized me to produce "Dizzy's Day,” a concert-party with close to 100 international Jazz musicians including Max Roach, Johnny Griffin, Milt Jackson, Randy Brecker, etc. It took place at the Bassano Velodrome with over 5000 fans. From 5 pm to 2:30 am. And a huge 7-tiered pistachio birthday cake where Dizzy had to climb a ladder to blow out the candles before a roaring public.