Soon after arriving in the Bay Area from her native New York in the early 1970s, Terri Hinte began working at Berkeley’s Fantasy Records. By the end of that decade she’d become the label’s publicity director, a post she held for nearly 30 years. She was privileged during that time to promote the music and professional endeavors of many hundreds of artists, ranging from Bill Evans and Hank Crawford to Sylvester and Sonny Rollins. Terri took a special interest in Brazilian music, learning Portuguese and traveling extensively in Brazil. In 2006—the year she left the company—she was honored as the De Facto Curator of Fantasy Records by the Jazz Journalists Association, which presented her with one of its A Team Awards.
As a freelancer, Terri continues to handle public relations for artists and musical enterprises whose work she admires. She is also a travel writer and essayist, a longtime student of metaphysics, and former chair of the Arts and Culture Commission for the city of Richmond, California, where she works and gardens.