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Terry Brennan - Family Memories

Terry Brennan began his lifelong love of music at a young age by playing in his father's band. He also played for various other groups and was performing in bars and jazz clubs throughout central Illinois by the age of twelve. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a M.S. in Music Education, Terry began teaching music at various high schools throughout Illinois. Terry has played in a variety groups throughout his life, and led his own band, the Terry Brennan Trio, for seventeen years. He is widely regarded as one of the best jazz keyboard players in central Illinois.

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Playing at the Village Pump in Jacksonville, Illinois for a gig in 1964. Terry Brennan is at piano, A.B. “Pooch” Caldwell plays bass, and C.J. Everett is on drums. (Narrator’s photo)

Where:
Jacksonville, Illinois

When:
1964

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Terry Brennan playing at the high school prom at Jacksonville, Illinois sometime in the 1960s. Jon English, trombone; Terry Brennan, Hammond organ; A.B. “Pooch” Caldwell, bass; and, C.J. Everett, drums.

Where:
Jacksonville, Illinois

When:
1960's

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Terry Brennan playing “An Afternoon with Benny Goodman” at Decatur Celebration, in Decatur, Illinois in 2007.

Where:
Decatur, Illinois

When:
2007

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Playing “An Afternoon with Benny Goodman” at Decatur Celebration, in Decatur, Illinois in 2007. Jim Walter, Clarinet; Terry Brennan, piano; Andy Burtochi, bass; and John Sluzalis, drums.

Where:
Decatur, Illinois

When:
2007

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Terry Brennan’s band ‘Diversity’ playing a gig at the Inn at 864 in Springfield in 2007. Billy Rogers, vocals; Terry Brenna, piano; Rob Killam, bass; and John Sluzalis, drums.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
2007

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Terry Brennan and ‘Diversity’ playing at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois in 2009. Frank Parker, trumpet; Terry Brennan, piano; Rob Killam, bass; and John Sluzalis, drums.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
2009

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
‘Diversity’ plays a gig at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois in 2009. Terry Brennan, piano, and Rob Killam, bass.

Where:
Springfield, Illinois

When:
2009

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
The 'Dixie Daredevils' at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival in Decatur, Illinois in 2010. Front: Bill Schliff and Harlan Geiser. Back: Charlie Stokes, John Sluzalis, Tommy Gleason, John Miller, Terry Brennan, and Jim Walker.

Where:
Decatur, Illinois

When:
2010

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo

Caption:
Terry Brennan is playing “An Afternoon with Benny Goodman” at Lock, Stock & Barrel, a jazz venue by Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois in the Fall of 2011. Jim Walker, clarinet; Terry Brennan, piano; Bill Schliff, bass; John Sluzalis, drums.

Where:
Decatur, Illinois

When:
2011

Ownership:
Narrator’s photo



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