Saxophonist Yosvany Terry has taught at SJW since 1997. Born in Cuba, Yosvany came to New York in 1999 and was immediately recognized as a spectacular talent in the jazz scene, playing with Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Douglass, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and bassist Avishai Cohen. His most recent album, New Throned King (5Passion Records) has been nominated for a Grammy.
Yosvany received his earliest musical training from his father, Eladio "Don Pancho" Terry, a violinist and Cuba's leading player of the Chekeré. His father was also known as the founder and director of the Orquesta Maravillas de Florida, one of Cuba's most important charanga bands. Yosvany went on to receive his classical music training and graduated from both the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory.
While in Cuba, Yosvany was known for his innovative performances with living legends such as Chucho Valdez, Silvio Rogriguez, Fito Paez, and Cubanismo. He also was the frontman for the influential group, Columna B. Their work represented the new voice of young Cuban jazz players. Columna B toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in 1998 premiered at the Stanford Jazz Festival.
Always a student, Mr. Terry has absorbed and incorporated American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce compositions and solo work that flow from the rhythmic and hard driving avant-garde to sweet sounding lyricism. His voice and style are unique and complex, and with his new Quintet he has married Cuban and American musical traditions to create a new and exciting sound.