Umcolisi Terrell is an aspiring musician and student completing a BM of Saxophone Performance at Kennesaw State University. He has performed for Ray Charles' family in his hometown of Greenwood, Fl and also performed at the 2010 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee Ceremony. Umcolisi is a sought after instrumentalist for studio recordings in the Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida areas. A supporter of music in schools, he has participated in clinician work at high schools and has been a featured soloist. As a music student himself, Umcolisi understands the importance of continued instruction in music as well as the instrument especially to the youth. "Music is a continually changing medium and without practice and instruction we cannot continue with it or usher its change".
With experience in jazz, hip hop, rock and classical he has respect for all genres and is intrigued by personal discoveries of world music. An original member of the indie rock band Man Apart, Umcolisi has toured and recorded with them for years and performed with the Alembic Trio, an Atlanta-based free jazz group. He has also performed on Carnival Cruise Lines in the production show and lounge settings in 7 and 10 piece ensembles. Umcolisi is currently working on a self-produced debut E.P. to display his growing knowledge of music, saxophone and production in the digital world of music.
Other performances include: Chuck Israels (bassist for Bill Evans), Christopher Crenshaw (Trombonist Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch.), Marcus Lewis (Trombonist for Janelle Monae and Ohio Players), David Springfield (world renowned composer/arranger), Sam Skelton (teacher), Cary Brague (teacher), Scotty Wilbanks (Third Day producer/engineer), Paul Lapinski (Yellow Card producer/engineer),Daryl Phenneger (Red Jumpsuit producer/engineer), Ronny Cates (3 Time Grammy Winning Producer/Engineer), Soundz (Usher producer/engineer)