MUSIC - Terrence Brewer - Jazz Guitarist, Composer, Arranger, and Musical Director


Originally from Oklahoma, Terrence grew up in Pittsburg, California where his love of music started with the saxophone and clarinet and later evolved to the guitar. In college he heard and fell in love with the sounds of Jazz on the guitar.  

Terrence lives in Alameda, California and is a mainstay of the the Bay Area Jazz scene where he performs regularly at a number of restaurants and jazz venues.  Terrence guitar style has been compared to Grant Green, but it is noted that he has evolved his own unique sound.

Terrence Brewer Quartet: Jazz Intersection

Over the years, Terrence has performed with legendary artists such as Michael McDonald (the Doobie Brothers), Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Pete Escovedo, Babatunde Lea, Kim Nalley, Dave Ellis, Calvin Keyes, Bruce Forman, Scott Amendola, Tuck and Patti, Khalil Shaheed, Ed Kelly, Max Perkoff, Ranzel Merritt, Herb Gibson, Rhonda Benin, and many others. 

He has studied with musical greats such as Charlie Hunter, Duck Baker, and Mark Levine.  Terrence has released four CDs, the latest being "Groovin' Wes" A Musical Expression of Admiraton for Wes Montgomery "Strong Brew Music" label.  Notably, "QuintEssential" has spent 10 weeks on the Top 50 national jazz radio chart, peaking at #17. In 2011, Terrence released "Setting The Standard, Volume One", "the first collection of standards with "new arrangements and fresh interpretations of standards from the past." In 2014, Terrence released "Mi Historia" and "MOSAIC." In 2015, he released "Setting the Standard: Friends of Mine" and in 2016, "Setting the Standard, Vol. 4." All released on his "Strong Brew Music" label.


Setting The Standard, Volume One

"San Francisco Bay Area guitarist Terrence Brewer offers his fifth recording as leader with Setting The Standard, Volume One, documenting the first volume of a project that delivers new arrangements and fresh interpretations of standards from the past. Applying a classic straight-ahead approach to music from legendary composers like Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini, Brewer once again draws from the past to make a brilliant musical statement. " ~ Edward Blanco - All About Jazz

Groovin’ Wes (2009)

"The influence that one artist can have on another is very personal, and at times may even be life changing. For San Francisco Bay Area Jazz Guitarist Terrence Brewer, Wes Montgomery’s influence must have been monumental indeed because he has recently come out with his own tribute to the late, great Jazz Guitarist in a CD titled Groovin’ Wes." ~ Lyle Robinson - Jazz Guitar Life

Quintessential, The Calling: Volume Three  (2007)

"Brewer’s playing has an unmistakable air of reverence for Wes Montgomery. As so much of the music is up-tempo, he uses this disc, his third as a leader, to show his abundant technique at blazing speeds. His compositions’ melodies have a pleasant lilt to them; nothing flashy or distinctive, more like a friend you’ve known for a long time and are comfortable with." ~ Thomas R. Erdmann -


Terrence Brewer - The Real Guitarist

Terrence Brewer Trio at Monterey Live, Part 1