Blues Harmonica man “Sonny Boy” Terry Jerome earned his moniker gigging, touring, and recording the past 40 years with Houston Blues icons Johnny Clyde Copeland, Grady Gaines, Joe Guitar Hughes, and Calvin Owens. Terry is featured in the 2007 book Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound (Alan Govenar). No stranger to success with two well received CDs on Doc Blues Records that introduced him on the International Blues scene as a front man, Terry has appeared on over 27 albums as a session Harmonica player.
As a music teacher, Sonny Boy Terry has been teaching private lessons for 40 years. He has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations teaching Harmonica at colleges, and at both public and private schools. He has also taught at corporate retreats for major oil and gas companies and at various music stores in and around Houston.
Terry shares responsibility for developing the acclaimed Blues ‘N’ Kids Blues in schools education program when he founded the Houston Blues Society and served as president for 3 years. With public and private donations, plus grant funding from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, they brought Blues, Harmonica, and music education to children in community centers, schools, colleges, and places like Project Row Houses, the Eldorado Ballroom, and the Shape Community Center. In his final year as President, the Houston Blues Society won Keepin’ the Blues Alive award for the world’s best Blues organization presented by the Blues Foundation out of Memphis, TN. He has also produced several Harmonica festivals offering performances and teaching seminars that included quite a few of America’s finest performers and instructors.
Rich with experience, Terry is adept at teaching beginner lessons for all walks of life including retirees, parents with children, group or family settings, or even for Guitarists who wish to add Rack Harmonica to their repertoire. You can learn common Folk songs, Blues, Soul, Country, Gospel, or some of your favorite Rock songs by Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young. Even if you are a seasoned performer, Sonny Boy can teach you Harmonica so you can add a new twist to your showmanship.
Harmonica is an easy instrument to learn with practice, but difficult to master. Sonny Boy Terry can help you achieve your goals and inspire you to reach higher.