Since arriving in New York City in 1999 Cuban saxophonist, percussionist, and composer Yosvany Terry “has helped redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom,” says The New York Times.


Born into an illustrious musical family in Camaguey, Cuba, Yosvany Terry is an internationally acclaimed composer, saxophonist, percussionist, bandleader, educator and cultural bearer of the Afro-Cuban tradition. After immsersing himself in the European classical tradition at Havana’s prestigious National School of Arts (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory he went on to perform with major figures in every realm of Cuban music, including celebrated nueva trova singer/guitarist Silvio Rodriguez, pianists Chucho Valdes and Frank Emilio, and Don Pancho y Los Terry, the band led by his father, violinist and shekere master Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry Gonzales.

From his earliest days in New York, Terry has been embraced by the jazz and contemporary music community, playing with Branford Marsalis, Rufus Reid, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, Henry Threadgill, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Taj Mahal and the Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Sextet. While best known as a blazing improviser, he’s rapidly gaining renown as a composer, bandleader and educator with a string of high-profile awards, appointments and commissions. In 2015, Terry was named a recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award, and was hired by Harvard University as Director of Jazz Ensembles and Senior Lecturer on Music. He has received recent commissions from San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Garden Festival (“Noches de Parranda” for 12-piece ensemble with the support of The MAP Fund), the French-American Jazz Exchange with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (“Ancestral Memories” with French pianist Baptiste Trotignon), and the Harlem Stage (the score for the opera “Makandal,” premiering in 2016-17). Terry also received a grant from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and New York State Music Fund to create Afro-Cuban Roots: Yedégbé, a suite of Arará music documented on his acclaimed 2014 album.

His latest release, 2014’s GRAMMY Award-nominated “New Throned King” (5Passion), features music based on cantos and rhythms of the Arará people of the western Cuban province of Matanzas, who hail from the Dahomey kingdom’s Fon culture in what is now Benin. His previous album, 2012’s “Today’s Opinion” (Criss Cross), was selected as one of the Top 10 Albums of the Year by the New York Times’ Nate Chinen. Terry’s latest project, The Bohemian Trio, is a genre-defying contemporary music ensemble based in New York slated to release its first album in the spring of 2016.


When not on tour, Yosvany makes Harlem his home.

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  • Yosvany Terry New Throned King 5 Passions
  • Manuel Valera In Motion Criss Cross Jazz
  • Fabian Almazan Rhizome Blue Note/ Artist Share
  • Manuel Valera Expectativas Mavo Colective
  • Gema Corredera Derramando Luz GC Music
  • Yosvany Terry Today’s Opinion Criss Cross Jazz
  • Greg August Four by Six Lacuesa Records
  • Yunior Terry Mi Bajo Danzon Palo Santo
  • Manuel Valera New Cuban Express MavoCollective
  • Erika Matsuo True Colors Erica Records
  • Brian Lynch Con Clave 2 Criss Cross Jazz
  • Laura Kahle, Circular. CD Baby
  • Xiomara Laugart, La Voz, Chesky records
  • Enrico Pieranunzi, Live at Birdland, CamJazz
  • Daniel Freedman, Bamako by Bus, Anzic records
  • Sofia Tosello. Alma y Luna, Sunny Side records
  • Jason Lidner Now vs Now Anzic Records
  • Greg August One Piece Lacuessa Records
  • Claudia Acuña & Arthuro O’Farril, In this Shoes, Zoho Music
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba Avatar Blue Note Records
  • Avishai Cohen, After the Big Rain, Anzic records
  • Dafnis Prieto Taking the Soul for a Walk, on Dafnison Music.
  • Dafnis Prieto Absulute Quintet, Soho music
  • Brian Lynch Simpatico Artist Share. Latin Jazz Grammy Award winner
  • Yosvany Terry Septet Metamorphosis EWE Records
  • Meshell Ndegeocello, Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel, Chanachie
  • Eric Revis Tales of Stuttering Mime 11:11 Records
  • El Negro and Robby Third & Fourth, World War EWE Records
  • Avishai Cohen At Home Sunnyside Records
  • Avishai Cohen Lyla Sunnyside Records
  • Yosvany Terry Quintet Twisted Noon Bombo Music
  • Avishai Cohen & International Vamp Band Unity Concord Records
  • Jesus Alemany Cajun Song Hannibal Records
  • Jesus Alemañy Malembe Hannibal Records
  • Columna B En Clave Mas i Mas Records
  • Steve Coleman Genesis Mystic Rhythm Society
  • Los Terry From Africa to Camaguey Round World Music
  • Jesus Alemañy Cubanismo Hannibal Records
  • Steve Coleman The Sign and the Seal Mystic Rhythm Records
  • Gema y Pavel Cosas de Broma

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