About The Musicians

Pronounced Terry-a-zoom-ay, this fluid music band is the brainchild of songwriter/composer Teresa {Terry} Hunt. She plays guitar and Greek bouzouki.  Terryazoome, is an anglicised version of the Greek word Tαιριάζουμε, which means something like ‘we click/are well matched’.

Email: info@terryazoome.com

TERRYAZOOME – (TZ5)

This is the incarnation of the band at 2017.  Although Kate Shortt is now our singer, and is featured on our album WASA MATA, we have not gigged with her yet.

Photo by Nick White of us rehearsing. L-R Diane, Winston, Terry, Angelos, Alison

A wonderfully atomospheric still from the video of our CD XANA launch gig at the forge.  This was also a fundraiser for WOMATRUST.ORG a charity we support.

L-R: Terry, Diane, Winston (and his shadow!), Alison, Angleos.

Video by Deirdre Mulcahy

TERRYAZOOME  – (TZ1)

TERESA (TERRY) HUNT

GUITAR, BOUZOUKI, COMPOSITIONS

ONE NIGHT STANDS, XANA, WASA MATA

Terry is a songwriter/composer. After a wild year in New York with band Sister Strutt; she, Alison, and others started the feminist band JAM TODAY (1976-84). After this she returned to full time study to pursue her other obsession, science and got a degree in Astrophysics.  Moving back to music in 1990, she learned to play the Greek bouzouki, had a bespoke instrument made by luthier Nicos Shacolas, and started TERRYAZOOME {1} with her bouzouki teacher, Mike Minas. When Mike had to move back to Cyprus, she took time out of music again in 1996 to go back into science obtaining a doctorate in 2001 and then worked as a research scientist for some years. In 2010 the muse dragged her back to music. She picked up both her guitar and bouzouki again, began to write new songs and tunes and reformed the band.

MICHAEL MINAS

LEAD BOUZOUKI

XANA

Mike is a bouzouki virtuoso of the whole Greek mandola family, (tsura, baclama, lute, oud and trichordo bouzouki) and the more well-known four string bouzouki. A pioneer of the London Greek music scene in the 1980s and 90s, working with famous Greek singers, Stamatis Kokotas, Phillipos Nicolaou, Georgos Gerolymatos and the late Lakis Alexandrou and Vangelis Periniates and Doukisa. Mike played bouzouki for the film “Shirley Valentine”. Since moving to Cyprus, he works at Rogmes Music Venue in Limassol and plays at large concerts with internationally acclaimed Greek singers including: George Dallaras, Manolis Mitsias, Mihalis Violaris, Gerasimos Andreatos, Dimitris Mpassis, Glykeria and Costas Makedonas. Michael moved to Cyprus but remains part of the TZ collective!

ALISON RAYNER

BASS, VOCALS

ONE NIGHT STANDS, XANA, WASA MATA

When the band JAM TODAY folded, Alison joined the Guest Stars, spending 5 years and recording 3 albums.  She currently leads ARQ, her funk and latin inspired jazz quintet, also performs, and records with, amongst others: Deirdre Cartwright’s Group and Chris Hodgkins’ Quartet.  She has co-run Blow the Fuse Records/Jazz Club in London since 1989 and worked with US jazz guitar legend Tal Farlow, New York jazz poet Jayne Cortez, Ian Shaw, John Etheridge, Dick Heckstall Smith and many others.  She composes & works as an examiner for Rockschool’s graded music exam, and is an endorsee for Picato Innovation double bass strings.

MICHELE DREES

DRUMS

Michele has been working as a drummer and percussionist since the early 1980’s. She has worked with leading jazz musicians: Tim Whitehead, Ian Shaw, Clare Martin, Carol Grimes, Mornington Lockett, Jean Toussaint and many more. In mainstream pop, she toured with Marc Almond and took up a TV residency on the Jonathan Ross Saturday Zoo show, backing amongst others: K.D. Lang, Suzanne Vega and Candy Dulfer.  A personal career highlight: as Latin percussionist touring with the late Kirsty McColl’s Tropical Brainstorm album and five years with Badmarsh and Shri. Michele now leads her own quartet featuring one of the UK’s greatest Rhythm Tap dancers.

Group photos of TZ1

A still from our first gig. King’s Head, Upper St, London N1. L-R: MICHELE, Mike, Ali.

This is the ONLY picture of Michele visible from behind her cymbals!

TZ2 – bringing in more of a jazzy feel

DIANE McLOUGHLIN

SAXOPHONES, VOCALS

ONE NIGHT STANDS, XANA, WASA MATA

Diane’s 17-piece jazz orchestra Giant Steppes, featuring leading players such as Henry Lowther, Steve Lodder and vocalist Ian Shaw, performed to critical acclaim throughout Britain. BBC Radio 3 broadcast a concert of the ensemble performing her original compositions as part of the London Jazz Festival. Other bands she has led include Di’s New Outfit, a blend of contemporary improvised, folk and European cabaret styles, which inspired a cult following; Zdravets, co-created with piano and accordion player Kim Burton, which featured jazz infused with Brazilian and Balkan folk influences. She runs her own a jazz quintet and is a member of Alison Rayner’s band ARQ.

TZ3 – Michele’s commitments took her away from us so Simon came in on the drums

SIMON PEARSON

DRUMS

XANA

Always involved in as eclectic a mix of music as possible, Simon is a freelance player (and more recently educator) covering a very diverse spectrum of genres. Artists regularly played, toured or recorded with include amongst others: Steve Albini, Issie Barratt, Katia Labeque, John Cale, Deirdre Cartwright, John Crawford, Jacqui Dankworth, Delta Sax Quartet, Divine Comedy, Geoff Eales, Luke Haines, Martin Hathaway, Immodesty Blaize Big Band, Stacey Kent, London Symphony Orchestra, Steve Martland Band, Janette Mason, Jim Mullen, Spiritualized, Sister Sledge, Joby Talbot, Jimi Tenor, Will Todd, Trevor Watts, the Wedding Present, Mike & Kate Westbrook and Annie Whitehead.

TZ4 – Mike moves back to Cyprus.  Costas steps in

COSTAS RIALAS

LEAD BOUZOUKI

ONE NIGHT STANDS

Costas is a bouzouki phenomenon.  Terry bought her first Greek bouzouki from him at the end of 1990. She still has this bouzouki, but it is now fretless, an experiment…

Costas was born in Cyprus but his family moved to England when he was very young. As a child he expressed a wish to play the guitar, so his father asked family friend Kyriakos to give him lessons.  Fortunately for the world, the tutor could not play the guitar, but brought a Bouzouki along instead.  Costas was hooked. As a very young man he honed his skill playing Greek nightclubs in London and studying recordings of the Bouzouki masters, Lemonopoulos, Chiotis, Tsitsanis and others. In addition to bouzouki and guitar, he plays: piano, classical/Greek folk violin and drums.

In 1996 composer Joseph James wrote concerto for 3 Bouzoukis, a technically challenging piece. John Gibbons was commissioned to produce and conduct. Costas played all the bouzouki parts when the work was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, accompanied by the London Philharmonia Orchestra. More recently his musical reputation has grown due to the popularity of his Youtube teaching channel. See for example:

DAVE BLACKMORE

SAXOPHONES

GUEST MUSICIAN: Dave stood in at the last minute for Diane who was rushed into hospital just before a gig at the old Vortex in Stoke Newington Church St, 14/7/1993. A still from a video L-R: Costas, Alison, DAVE, Simon and Terry in the front.

BLOW THE FUSE first ever CD launch at RONNIE SCOTTS club in central London on 9th October 1994 was the grand finale for the early TERRYAZOOME project. At Blow The Fuse, we had bought a DAT machine and recorded every gig of a particular season. These were distilled by Alison Rayner and Deirdre Cartwright.  The result was a wonderful musical melange called ONE NIGHT STANDS – which is still available and features Costa on bouzouki.

TZ5 –in 2010 Terry persuaded Alison & Diane to start rehearsing new material.  Simon & Costas were not available at that time

WINSTON CLIFFORD

DRUMS, VOCALS

XANA, WASA MATA

Winston is one of the finest and most sought after drummers on the U.K. Jazz scene, and regularly performs in venues and International Jazz Festivals around the world. His musical collaborations (performances and recordings) include: Slim Gaillard,  Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Ronnie Laws, Joe Lovano, Carmen Lundy, Benny Golson, Pete King, Archie Shepp, Ronnie Scott, Courtney Pine, John Abercrombie, Monty Alexander, Larry Coryell, Joey Calderazzo, Jean Toussaint, Jonathan Gee, Tony Kofi, Eddie Harris, Stanley Turrentine, Gary Bartz, Joanne Brackeen, Bheki Mseleku, Bobby Watson, the list goes on…

ANGELOS GEORGAKIS

LEAD BOUZOUKI, VOCALS

XANA, WASA MATA

Angelos started playing the bouzouki when he was ten.  He has toured Greece and played with some of that country’s top musicians. For example: Iraklis Vavatsikas (Accordion) Thanassis Sofras (double bass), Dimitris Kontogiannis (singer), Vaggelis Liolios (bouzouki), Vassilis Massalas (Guitar).  In 2008 he worked with Greek Singer Yiota Vei on a CD dedicated music legend, Vassilis Tsitsanis.  He started working with Terryazoome within 3 months of arriving in the UK.

LORRAINE JORDAN

VOCALS

XANA

GUEST MUSICIAN: Until this point, the band played only instrumentals.  But Terry had written songs and wanted two of them to feature on the first TERRYAZOOME CD, XANA. Lorraine gamely took on SUMMER FRIENDS, a zeibekiko with English lyrics and a Greek chorus and sang the English lyrics of the other song, YOU THINK at the CD launch at the FORGE in Camden.

Lorraine is a celtic/folk-rock singer songwriter and has shared stages with many well-known musicians, including Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, the Waterboys and Dick Gaughan. Musicians who have recorded/toured with Lorraine have included Celtic guitarist Tony McManus, pianist Steve Fletcher (Paul Brady, Penguin Cafe Orchestra), mandolin player Neal Davey (Dalla, Anam), accordionist Pete Garnet (Moishe’s Bagel), Steafan Hannigan (Sin E), guitarist John Whelan (Mary Coughlan Band), viola player Mairi Campbell (The Cast) among others.

KETI TANOU

VOCALS

XANA, WASA MATA

GUEST MUSICIAN: Terry wanted the song YOU THINK sung with the original Greek lyrics on the CD (XANA).  That’s where Keti comes in.  Keti is Mike’s wife.  The music file was sent to Mike who recorded Keti in his studio in Cyprus and sent the vocal track back to our engineer CHRIS LEWIS.

Keti is a force of nature… effortlessly moving between Greek, jazz and rock styles. Her musical tastes are extremely eclectic and she has also delved deeply into her own cultural roots and on her return to her native Cyprus. She has worked with many other well-known Greek singers including Pantelis Thalassinos, Vassilis Lekkas, Dimitris Mpassis, and Sofia Papazoglou. Keti is also a well-known teacher of theory and harmony, vocals and classical guitar. Keti is a new and hopefully permanent member of the TZ collective!

BRIGITTE BERAHA

VOCALS

VOCALIST REQUIRED!  Now that there were songs to sing, the band needed a vocalist.  And for some gigs, the wonderful Brigitte Beraha stepped up.  Unfortunately her existing commitments meant that it was not a permanent arrangement.

Then Terry met Kate.

KATE SHORTT

VOCALS, CELLO

WASA MATA

Kate trained as cellist and jazz singer at Guildhall school of music.  She performs in varying genres including Jazz, contemporary, Classical and free improvisation, and is a member of the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra.  Her work has included close collaborations in the pop music world with Gary Kemp of Spandeau Ballet, Tears for Fears, Take That and Simon le Bon of Duran Duran.  She has devised and recorded arrangements for Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac. Her work in the Jazz world includes playing for vocalist/singer songwriter Christine Tobin, winner of BBC British Composer of the Year award and Jazz guitarist Phil Robson, winner of parliamentary awards. She has worked and toured with contemporary composer Jocelyn Pook and is a member of Portuguese fado singer Claudia Aurora’s band. Theatre work includes onstage cellist for award winning West End play ‘Charles the Third’. Kate combines her skills in a one-woman comedy show ‘Shortt and Sweett’. With her abstract humour, impressions and songs she has performed in cabaret/comedy/music venues from Mardi Gras for Classic FM to Edinburgh, From Brighton to Crouch End, from Covent Garden to Austria.