Terell picked up the trumpet at 13 and never put it down again. Trained as both a classical and jazz trumpeter, he received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Music degree from Rutgers University. Terell’s career took off in the early 1990’s when he recorded and performed with Bobby Watson’s acclaimed quintet Horizon.
In 1997, McCoy Tyner added Terell to his Latin All-Stars Band that also featured Steve Turre, Dave Valentin and Jerry Gonzalez. Since the mid-1990’s, Terell has performed with John and Jeff Clayton, Cedar Walton and Herbie Mann and appeared on numerous recording, including two CDs he made for the Candid label, Time to Let Go and Centripetal Force.
More recent CDs include Fields of Gold and Arts and Crafts with drummer Matt Wilson. Terell has toured with the Kenny Barron Quintet and played with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
An active music educator, Terell is the head of Jazz Studies at Temple University. He has been a member of the Vail Jazz workshop teaching staff for the past eight years.