Teri Roiger has been making music all her life (since age 5!) and over the years her music has taken many exciting twists and turns. Teri is a jazz vocalist, but also plays piano, composes music and writes lyrics. She has been sharing her knowledge and inspiration with her many students at SUNY New Paltz for several years. The depth of her experiences and love of jazz is apparent when she brings all of her talents to a live performance, the recording studio, and in her compositions.
In September 2012 Teri released her third CD as a bandleader called DEAR ABBEY: THE MUSIC OF ABBEY LINCOLN, a collection of songs written by Abbey Lincoln, on Inner Circle Music. The music is heartfelt, exciting, swingin’, nourishing, traditional, yet modern, and John’s arrangements fit the timbre and feeling of Teri’s voice perfectly. Frank Kimbrough is on piano, John Menegon on bass, and Steve Williams on drums (of Shirley Horn fame)!
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Teri has an intuitive laid back sense of time reminiscent of Abbey Lincoln & Betty Carter but with her own uniqueness. —Jack DeJohnette (NEA JazzMaster)
Roiger's warm contralto, like aged, fine whiskey, is smooth but heady. —Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
Powerfully moving...sagacious warmth...impressively deep. —Christopher Loudon, JAZZTIMES
She is made for those who still understand the meaning of the term the real thing. —Stanley Crouch (Author/Cultural Critic)
Roiger has a voice like the finest bittersweet chocolate full of rich, dark, contradicting flavors that miraculously blend to create one of the most original vocal instruments in decades