With a collective and very heavy heart, the ISB shares the sad news that the gifted bassist, composer and conductor Johnterryl “Terry” Plumeri was found dead in his home on April 1st after neighbors called authorities, worried that he hadn’t been seen for several days. Police are speculating that he was the victim in an apparent burglary.
Terry began music study at the age of 10 and went on to attend The Manhattan School of Music in New York City on scholarship. It was here that Terry studied with Robert Brennand, principal bass of the New York Philharmonic. Later, during his period as a bassist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., he studied composition and conducting with Antal Dorati.
He not only composed for the concert hall and recital stage but also scored 57 feature films, including the award winning crime story “One False Move,” which was nominated for Best Score by the IFP Spirit Awards. Acclaimed for his arco solos, Terry played with such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Les McCann, Yusef Lateef, John Abercrombie and Woody Herman.
His music for double bass found an admiring champion in ISB past president Diana Gannett, who has frequently programmed his works, and Terry himself was a presenter at the 2015 ISB convention in Fort Collins, where many members were fortunate to meet him.
At this time we do not yet have information about funeral arrangements, but will keep our membership posted. You can share your memories of Terry Plumeri as a teacher, colleague, friend and inspiration in the comments area below.