Terry/ ("Ty-A") Nygaard (born Terje Nygaard, Oslo, Norway, oct.
Trombonist, Composer, Pianist, and Jazz Educator.
Started piano at age 5, trombone; age 8.
Studied trombone with Tom Evensen from age 8-15. Jazz-harmony,
composition, and piano with Alfredo Nicotra from 12 to 15 years of age.
Lessons and workshops with Bill Watrous at age 14 (when he visited
Norway). Appeared at National TV (NRK) as a jazz-trombone soloist
when 13. At 15 relocating to the US as an exchange-student. Was then
rewarded as the best High School Jazz-soloist, at the High School and
College Big Band Festival, Chapel Hill, NC (judges were Slide Hampton,
and Pat LaBarbara). Played also in the NC "all state band", while there.
Awarded a Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, when 16.
While there; Played and studied in the schools very top level ensembles
and improv. classes, led by Herb Pomeroy (The Berklee Concert Jazz
Orchestra ("the recording band") ), John La Porta, Hal Crook, and Gary
Burton. Studied trombone with Phil Wilson and Tom Plzeck. When still
in school, awarded the Urbie Green Award, and The Faculty Award For
Outstanding Musicianship. Also nominated for the Boston Jazz
Association's yearly prize.
Returning to Norway, after graduating with honors, half a year before
time (7 semesters), formed the band Nerve and Bone, and later Kalpa,
Terje Nygaard Trio, and Terje Nygaard Group, working different venues.
At the same time; also teaching jazz-workshops, and private lessons,
for different music schools, and privately, returning to The States
periodically, for gigs and engagements. From early 1998 to late 2001
based in San Francisco, working extensively with master
bass-player/composer/bandleader Marcus Shelby, in a variety of
settings, and as a regular member of his band. Participated also on his
Jazz Orchestra recording "The Lights" (Noir Records). Returning to
Norway, end of year 2001, starting teaching much again; this
culminating in getting a degree in Pedagogy/ Music-Jazz Pedagogy at
the Norwegian Academy of Music. After that; employed by The
Amaldhus organisation, giving weekly Jazz Improvisation classes to
ensembles. Formed around the time Terje Nygaard Group, including
ECM recording artists Jacob Young, and Harald Johnsen (Tord
Gustavsen Trio). Having spent altogether more than 10 years in the US,
and worked with names like Carla Bley, Danilo Perez, and Mathias Eick,
and many others (here Ieaving out many, because of the
nature/shortness of engagement, and respect for the artists involved);
Norway never proving fertile ground: still the "Jazz Nomad" (but things