Musician extraordinaire, Terreon Gully is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Widely recognized for his creativity, versatility and authenticity, Terreon is in high demand. His innovative and distinct sound has inspired artists such as Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride as well as Stefon Harris to make him a member of their bands. Originally from East St. Louis, Illinois, Terreon refined his musical talent in New York City, after completing college at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. Currently, Terreon makes Atlanta, Georgia, his home, where he continues to enhance and develop his craft.
Terreon has mastered a variety of musical genres. He performs, tours and records extensively with a variety of artists. From jazz legends and modern masters to the hottest hip hop icons, Terreon has worked with the best: Kurt Elling, David Sanborn, Nicholas Payton, Kenny Barron, the Stones Project, Sting, the Benny Green Trio, Queen Latifa, Yerba Buena, Charlie Hunter, Abbey Lincoln, Marc Cary, Russell Gunn, Lizz Wright, Jacky Terrasson, Eldar, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Hotei Tomoyasu, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def and Common as well as a host of other artists. In addition to live performances, Terreon is also known for his exceptional work in the studio, producing and recording for CDs, films, and commercials.
Committed to education and inspiring other musicians, Terreon has also served as a Professor of Music at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.
Committed to performing on the best equipment, Terreon endorses SABIAN cymbals, Remo drumheads, ProMark drumsticks and LP Percussion.
Q & A
BORN IN: East St. Louis, Illinois
LIVES IN: Atlanta, Georgia
DRUMMING SINCE: As far back as I can remember
CURRENT BAND/PROJECTS: Dianne Reeves, Joe Locke’s LIAP, Christian McBride’s The Movement, Stefon Harris Blackout, Robi Boto, The Stones Project
BIGGEST INFLUENCES: Everyone that I have listened to has influenced me in some way – this is a never ending list! Here are just a few: Sonny Payne, Sonny Greer, Papa Jo Jones, Phily Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Jeff Watts, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers, David Garibaldi, Horacio Hernandez, Ignacio Berroa, Billy Cobham, Art Blakey, Max Roach, Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, Lewis Nash, Omar Hakim, Billy Hart, Gregory Hutchinson, Brian Blade, Ed Thigpen, Alex Acuna, Steve Jordan, Charlie Watts, Dave Weckl … any many more!
FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON: No favorite, but here are some good ones:
Joe Locke Geoffrey Keezer Group Signing, Joe Locke Geoffrey Keezer Group Live in Seattle,
“Bye a Thread”, John Ellis
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: “Off the Wall”
“A Love Supreme”
“Kind of Blue”
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Performing at the White House for President Obama was pretty amazing!
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: The one I cherish the most is my Manhattan Jazz Ride