Brad Terry is still improvising at 78

Maine jazz great Brad Terry, 77, listens to 25-year-old guitarist Peter Herman as they play a concert in Brunswick. He describes Herman as “a phenomenon,” one of six players in his long career with whom he’s had “this locked-in communication.” (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)

Maine jazz great Brad Terry, 77, listens to 25-year-old guitarist Peter Herman as they play a concert in Brunswick. He describes Herman as “a phenomenon,” one of six players in his long career with whom he’s had “this locked-in communication.” (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)

From jazz to daily things, improvisation is where Terry is comfortable. But nearing his 78th birthday, the unknowns ahead and thoughts he might hang it all up are tinged with anxiety.

“Maybe it’s time,” said Terry, whose expansive career can be traced back to the suggestion of a Connecticut neighbor, swing bandleader Benny Goodman, that his mother buy him a clarinet.



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