Born in Cairo, Egypt. British Subject by Maltese father. Italian mother. International studies in Cairo, Egypt and Florence, Italy.
Today residing in Nice, France.
1950s - Interpreter-translator in English, Italian and French with the South African Legation; the Australian Legation and finally in the office of the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, in Rome.
From the early 50s has appeared at concerts, festivals, radio & TV productions in Europe, USA mainland, and Hawaii.
January 21st 2003 at the Midem in Cannes, presenting her CD Emotions, which was recorded in Chicago (TCB the Montreux Jazz Label).
March 2005 - Godmother, Singer and Mistress of Ceremonies at the First "Jazz Ladies' Festival" in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.
"Lilian Terry is of the music and for the music and she has the talent to use what she has learned in telling a story. There are a mess of wannabees who try so hard to be hip that they end up in the corn field. The bonafides are few and far between. Lil is the real deal."
-- Ira Gitler
Lyric writer in English and Italian for leading Italian film composers.
Producer for Jazz shows with RAI, national Italian radio and TV, also the script writer, chooses and presents the guest artists, conducting live interviews . Author and producer of RAI TV documentaries on famous jazz personalities.
In October 1967 she represents Italy at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree attending the creation of the European Jazz Federation where she is elected vice-president of the Division of Education.
During the 70s/80s she represents RAI at the yearly EBU (European Broadcasting Union) International Jazz Quiz, broadcast live by all member countries. Translates simultaneously from English or French into Italian.
During the 80's/90's she produces and presents all over Italy a series of successful International Jazz Concert Seasons.
She is requested by the educational authorities to hold high-school lectures on Afro-American Music with live jazz music, all over Italy.
In 1983 she creates with Dizzy the "Dizzy Gillespie Popular School of Music" in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. In 1987, celebrating Gillespie's 70th birthday, the school inaugurates a section dedicated to blind students. The school closes its activities in 1996 (three years after Dizzy's passing away).
She has translated into Italian Gillespie's autobiography To Be or Not to Bop as well as various Duke Ellington writings.
Today she is working on a second collection, in book form, of interviews and anecdotes regarding the many good friends, belonging to the History of Jazz, with whom she has shared over 40 years of her career. Some names in alphabetical order:
Cannonball Adderley, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter, Kenny Clarke, Chick Corea, Kenny Drew, Jack de Johnette, Paul Desmond, Don Ellis, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Von Freeman, Errol Garner, Paul Gonsalves, Hampton Hawes, Percy Heath, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Keith Jarrett, Connie Kaye, Lee Konitz, Michel Legrand, Charles Mingus, Helen Merrill, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, George Russell, Bud Shank, Archie Shepp, Toots Thielemans, Ed Thigpen, Joe Zawinul, and others.