The bass world is grieving as double bassist and composer Johnterryl “Terry” Plumeri was murdered in his Florida home this week in what police believe was part of a string of burglaries. He was 71 years old.
Plumeri began music at the age of 10. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City under the tutelage of Robert Brennand, going on to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra.
While he studied classical music deeply, he was also a devoted jazz musician. According to his biography, Plumeri performed alongside Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Arthur Prysock, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Les McCann, Yusef Lateef, John Abercrombie and Woody Herman.
He scored 57 feature films, including the award winning crime story One False Move. His extensive work with the Moscow Philharmonic was documented in a series of concert DVDs as well as recordings of the bassist conducting Tchaikovsky’s 4th, 5th, and 6th Symphonies.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Terry Plumeri.