"...one of Chicago's great blues bassists." Bass Player Magazine

Harlan Lee Terson has been a familiar figure on Chicago's musical landscape for 40 years, recording and touring internationally with some of Chicago's greatest blues artists. He has played bass on more than forty five recordings and jingles, two of which have been nominated for the Grammy award. He maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule, contributing his deep, steady groove to various bands and projects.


Harlan Lee Terson On Line Demo


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Recent and Upcoming Highlights

(Detailed Schedule Here)

  • November, 2011, Ron Sorin & The Blue Coast, Lake City CD Release

  • June 9, 2012, Paul Kaye, Chicago Blues Festival Main Stage, 5:00 PM

  • July 4, 2013, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival with Tad Robinson

  • August, 2013, James Wheeler Recording Session

  • August, 2013, Dave Specter Recording Session on Delmark Records

  • September 15, 2013, Sin City Soul & Blues Revival with Tad Robinson

  • December 31, 2013, December 31, 2013, The Fabulous Fish Heads 20th consecutive New Years Eve at Shaw's Crab House!

  • February 15-18, 2014, Dubai Jazz Festival with "Sax" Gordon, Tad Robinson, Alex Schultz, Deitra Farr, and Sugaray Radford

  • April 11-27, 2014, European Tour with Dave Specter and Lurrie Bell

  • May, 2014, Dave Specter Message In Blue Release on Delmark Records

  • May, 2014, Steve Freund /Gloria Hardiman Set Me Free rerelease on Delmark Recordes

  • July 4, 2014, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival with Tad Robinson

  • August 8-10, 7 Hills Blues Festival, With Dave Specter, Armagh, Ireland

  • September, 4-7, 2014, Blues In Hell, Norway, with Dave Specter

  • November, 2014, Lucerne Blues Festival with Dave Specter, Jimmy Johnson


  • First Tuesday of every month; Check out The Fabulous Fish Heads LIVE and enjoy fresh seafood at Shaw's Crab House in Chicago.

  • Second Tuesday of every month at Shaw's Crab House in Chicago, Dave Specter

  • Thursday blues jam at Rosa's Lounge with James Wheeler