Harlan Terson

Blues Bass

Considered a “world-class bass player,” Harlan Terson was born in Chicago and began playing electric bass in 1966. His influences include all styles of Blues, as well as the recorded sounds of Stax/Atlantic and Motown. James Jamerson, Carole Kaye, Tommy Cogbill, and Duck Dunn are just a few of his favorite bassists. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Illinois-Chicago, he began playing professionally in the Chicago scene.

Terson recorded and toured with Lonnie Brooks from 1976 - 1982. He has also appeared and recorded with many other artists, including the legendary Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Magic Slim, Albert Collins, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Littlejohn, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Rogers, Kim Wilson, Duke Robillard, and Eddie Shaw.

Terson has performed at the internationally famous Kingston Mines in Chicago for more than 20 years, and has been on the teaching staff at The Old Town School of Folk Music since 1999. He has recorded on the Alligator, Delmark, Evidence, Severn and JSP labels. Terson is a regular member of the host band for the James Wheeler Blues Jam at Rosa’s Lounge and the Blue Coast Band.