Grammy-nominated saxophonist Yosvany Terry burst onto the jazz and contemporary music scene in New York in 1999, where he “helped to redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom” (The New York Times). Saratoga Performing Arts Center welcomes the Yosvany Terry Quartet to perform during the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Born in Cuba, Mr. Terry incorporates American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce performances and compositions that flow from the rhythmic and hard-driving avant-garde to sweet-sounding lyricism. He brings his inimitable style to stages all over the world, performing regularly with the Yosvany Terry Quartet and Yosvany Terry and the Afro-Caribbean Quintet, as well as with the Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quintet and Eddie Palmieri and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. He has also worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Chucho Valdes, Silvio Rodriguez, Branford Marsalis, Paquito de Rivera, Dave Douglas, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Avishai Cohen, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cassandra Wilson, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Wycliffe Gordon, Dafnis Prieto, Taj Mahal, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Murray, Joe Lovano, and Paul Simon.
His current project, the Grammy-nominated New Throned King (5Passion 2014), is his third solo album. The project continues the exciting trajectory he established in Latin jazz as a “young composer and bandleader with a distinctive personal vision” with his inaugural release Metamorphosis (Ewe Records 2005) and Today’s Opinion (Criss Cross 2012). Earlier, with his group Columna B he recorded Twisted Noon and Enclave. Yosvany has also been featured on the CDs of Avishai Cohen (At Home, Lylaand Unity), Steve Coleman (Genesis and The Sign and the Seal), Brian Lynch (the Grammy-Award winning Con Clave 2) and Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Avatar).
Among the many commissions he has received as a composer are the Chamber Music America “Connecting Communities Residency Program” commission funded through Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Jazzmobile and Harlem Stage; Harlem Stage’s “Meet the Composer for New Music” commission to write the music of the Opera Makandal; and the Jerome Foundation/Jazz Gallery Composers’ Series commission for a work for a large ensemble. He received the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors/New York State Music Fund’s grant through Stanford Jazz Workshop for Yedégbé, a suite of Arará music, music brought by African slaves to Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean. Yerba Buena Garden Festival commissioned the suite “Noches de Parranda” for 12 piece ensemble with the support of Map Fund.