Teri Roiger has been active on the jazz scene for many years as a singer, lyricist, pianist and educator. Already recognized as a compelling lyricist, her most recent CD, STILL LIFE, is the first time Teri has recorded her original music compositions. She has collaborated and recorded with jazz legends John Menegon, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Burrell, Frank Kimbrough, Matt Wilson, and many others. On her first CD Misterioso she recorded her lyrics to the title song with the approval of the Thelonious Monk family. The title song of her second CD, Still Life, won 3rd place in the jazz category of the 2006 Int’l Songwriting Competition (ISC). Teri’s uniquely compelling vocal style is full of soul, swing, sincerity and sass. She delivers something very exceptional in her ultra-hip new CD Still Life of innovative jazz standards and original compositions.
Applauded by jazz writers and fans around the world, from Jazz Hot in Paris to Playboy magazine, Teri Roiger's musical career began in the Midwest where, at age 13, she became a church organist and ensemble singer. She eventually gravitated toward her real love, jazz singing. The world-renowned stride pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson discovered Teri's singing talents and their duo performed at major festivals and nightclubs in the U.S. and Europe. Upon returning to the U.S., Teri worked in duos, trios, quartets, and Big Bands throughout the Midwest. When she moved to NYC to pursue her musical ambitions, she studied with Jay Clayton, Sheila Jordan, and Jeanne Lee. She has performed and/ or recorded with Salvatore Bonafede, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, John Betsch, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Cobb, Kris DeFoort, Robin Eubanks, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Kimbrough, Eric Legnini, John DiMartino, Al Foster, John Gunther, Fred Hersch, Kirk Lightsey, Mark McLean, John Menegon, David "Fathead" Newman, Dewey Redman, Roswell Rudd, Tani Tabbal, Jack Walrath, Matt Wilson and many others.
Roiger performs nationally and internationally at jazz festivals, concert halls, nightclubs, art institutions and schools as a solo artist on piano, a bass and voice duo with John Menegon, and with her trio and quartet. Living just outside of New York City in the Catskill Mountains, she is a teacher of Jazz Voice and the History of Jazz at SUNY New Paltz (NY) & Williams College (MA).