New Orleans is known for its great music and culture, and it is also known for spawning some of greatest drummers in the world. Every serious drummer has been influenced by New Orleans style drumming at some point in there development. With a unique blend of slinky street beats, New Orleans funk, R&B, Zydeco, blues, traditional jazz, and swing, gives New Orleans Drummers that thang!!!.....But don't get it twisted, "New Orleans style of drumming is not method book friendly, it's all about the feel of it, it's a feeling thing and its part of the fabric of New Orleans".
Terence was born in New Orleans in 1970 and was raised in the suburb of old Algiers. He was introduced to the drums at a very young age by his great grandfather and he has been playing ever since. In high school he was one of two students chosen from the state of Louisiana to perform in the McDonald's All-American band, after high school he enrolled in music studies at Southern University, after a few years he decided to pursue a career in the music business.
Specializing in New Orleans grooves and keeping in touch with the Crescent City's second line tradition and early New Orleans funk and R&B, he draws his influences from the legends of New Orleans drumming such as: Baby Dodds, Earl Palmer, Smokey Johnson, Charles "Hungry" Williams, Shannon Powell, James Black, Herlin Riley, Zigaboo, Joe Lastie, Idris Mohammed, Ricky Sebastien, Herman Ernest, and Mean Willie Green and also his peers: Adonis Rose, Brian Blade, Gerald French, Donald Edwards, Troy Davis, Stanton Moore, Russell Batiste Jr., Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Doug Belote, Alfred Salvant, Raymond Weber and many other drummers around the world.
His professional career has taken him all over the world and his unsurpassed skills on the drums have allowed him to play with an eclectic group of musicians. Terence credits George Porter Jr. of the Meters for taking him under his wing and introducing him to the vast repertoire of New Orleans music. Terence has performed with artist like Dr. John, Earl King, Marva Wright, Kermit Ruffin, Snooks Eaglin, Johnny Adams,
George Porter Jr., The Wild Magnolias, Dave Badie, Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk, Jon Cleary, Donald Harrison, Allen Toussaint, Michelle Shocked, Norah Jones, Renee Mcrary, John Scofield, DJ Logic, Bobby Jordan, Ed Perkins, Theryl "Houseman" Decluet, Micheal Ward, Robert Randolph, Widespread Panic, The Black Crows, North Mississippi All-Stars, Treme Brass band, Fats Domino and many other New Orleans artist.
He is now touring and recording with one of New Orleans premier groups the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Scofield Piety Street Band, the Warren Haynes Band as well as his own band Swampgrease. Growing up in New Orleans has exposed him to some of the greatest music and culture the world has to offer, Terence is no exception, as the next generation continues the legacy of the musical heritage of the city of New Orleans.
About Oak Street Recording Studio Engineers:
Roger Branch -
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. Roger was the guitar player and producer of a band called "The Backyard Heavies." They toured as the backup band for Billy Joe Royal & Ronnie Spector to name a few. He worked as a recording engineer for years for Marshall Seahorn, and in 1990 he moved to New Orleans to run Seasaint Studios for Allen Toussaint and Marshall Seahorn. While at Seasaint Studios Roger had the good fortune to work with such artists as Lenny Kravitz, Paul Simon, Malcolm Burn and Elvis Costello to name a few. In 2011, Kanye West sampled a song from the Backyard Heavies called "Expo 83" for his tune called "Runaway." This song is now being licensed for the "Budweiser Platinum" advertising campaign.
Lu Rojas -
Lu has been a guitar player and studio rat most of his adult life. He has done recording work for such artists as David Z (producer for Prince, Johnny Lang, etc), Rafael Saadiq, Rebirth Brass Band, American Idol Rewind, Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married", Anders Osborne, Mike Zito, Allen Toussaint, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Terrence Blanchard, National Public Radio, Voodoo Festival, Fats Domino, Disneys' "Princess Frog" to name a few.
Roger and Lu have been friends since he moved to New Orleans, and in November of 2011 they decided to partner up starting Oak Street Recording. Since opening their doors, they have done projects for Anders Osborne, Billy Iuso, Dave Jordan, Sarah Quintana, Ingrid Lucia, Lorraine Hess, Treme's "Guitar Lightnin' and the Backyard Heavies.