Terry Quinney was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and was performing and touring with a number of local blues and funk/soul groups by age 18. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Regina in 1998 and, after a brief period as a showband musician aboard a cruise ship, he relocated to London, England. Terry spent two years in England teaching and working with musicians from the U.K. and further afield. Terry returned to Canada in 2002 and spent the next few years performing, touring, recording and teaching extensively throughout western Canada. Terry has appeared numerous times at the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, The Regina Folk Festival, Casino Regina and has performed with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared on CBC(national) as well as local radio and TV.
In 2006 Terry moved to Toronto, Ontario to further his musical education at Humber College, studying with Pat LaBarbera and Don Thompson among others. While attending Humber Terry received the Douglas Richardson Memorial Scholarship, The Bobby Herriot Award for Arranging and Composing and the President's Letter and was fortunate enough to perform with Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling and Dave Douglas. Terry quickly established himself on the Toronto jazz scene and has performed and/or recorded with Don Thompson, Bruce Cassidy's Hotfoot Orchestra, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Composer's Collective Big Band, Down With Webster, Jay Douglas, Classic Albums Live and many others in all types of settings from small group modern jazz to big band, from funk to free jazz, from pop to pit bands. Terry has performed at the Toronto Jazz Festival and on City TV and has been heard on CBC Radio and Toronto's JazzFM and at dozens of venues across the greater Toronto area.
Terry Quinney has been based in southwest England since 2009. Since moving to the UK Terry has quickly become a fixture on the jazz scene in the south of the country. He has performed all over the UK in a vast array of musical settings at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The National Theatre in London, Pavillion Theatre in Glasgow, Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho, Boisdale of Canary Wharf, The Stables in Milton Keynes, The Bull's Head in Barnes and numerous other jazz clubs, festivals and theatres. As co-leader of the 'The Sound Of BlueNote' Terry has performed with UK jazz icons such as Nigel Price, Ian Shaw, Mark Nightingale, Alan Barnes, Dave O'Higgins, Gilad Atzmon, Orphy Robinson and Jim Mullen.
Terry Quinney is in high demand as a saxophonist, arranger and music educator but will always consider any performance engagement, arranging/transcribing work or new pupils so please get in touch.