She was the only female pianist to perform at the opening of the Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Variety hired Teri and her trio to entertain at the "afterglow" party for Lena Horne and Tony Bennett. She was the only white female to be asked to perform at the Gullah Festival in Beaufort for the first five years of the festival. Teri and her husband, Don Powers, produced and directed the first concert of the Self Family Arts Center on Hilton Head as a gift to the community. The city of Walterboro, SC, honored Teri for her donation of two free concerts a year until they raised enough money for their Arts Center. Teri was presented the Total Woman Award by Virginia Slims and Joy radio in 1995. She and nationally recognized bassist Ben Tucker were chosen to entertain the Olympic Committee in 1996 in Savannah, GA. Teri was a Founding Member of the Coastal Jazz Society of Savannah and was the force behind Hilton Headís Jazzlovers of the Low Country.
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for the benefit of Muscular Dystrophy. At the age of 15, she had her own variety show for 2 years on WKBN-TV. Teri moved to Pittsburgh in the 1970's and worked all of the finer Pittsburgh clubs and hotels. She was a favorite at the William Penn Hotel as well as the Encore in Shadyside and Walt Harper's Attic. She was voted "The Best Female Jazz Entertainer" in 1981 and one of ten best "Outstanding Jazz Performers" citywide. She has played at Dino's Den at the Riviera in Las Vegas and opened the Lounge in the Thunderbird Hotel in San Diego. Teri has performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Wild Bill Davis, George Benson, Harold Betters, Ben Tucker, and Freddie Cole. Teri and her trio opened for "Brazil 66", Pat Cooper, and Mac Davis.
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Editors note: As a member of DJSLC, Teri enjoys playing with different styles of Dixieland musicians. Joined by clarinetist Larry Kopp, Teri currently performs at Hilton Headís Mezzaluna Restaurant every Wednesday at 7pm.
Born in Youngstown, OH, Teri studied piano from the age of 5 and attended Youngstown University as a special classical piano student at the age of 10. Her first performance was that age at the Stambaugh Auditorium