Yunior Terry

Bass – Jazz Institute, Advanced Package


ne of New York City’s most sought-after bassists, Yunior Terry is recognized for his big sound, versatility, and rhythmic vitality, and SJW is thrilled to have him return to the Jazz Institute this summer.

As the youngest son of one of Cuba’s most gifted musical families — “Los Terry’s” — Terry began his musical training at age seven, graduating in 1994 from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana with a double major in violin and bass. Soon after graduation, he joined the National Philharmonic Orchestra, performing works by European and Cuban composers at Havana’s National Theater. In 1998, Terry moved to California to attend California Institute of the Arts where he received his B.A. with honors in 2002. It was at CalArts that he continued to expand his musical horizons by exposure to a wide variety of musical traditions from around the world. At CalArts, he studied under renowned musicians including Charlie Haden, Derek Oles (Poland), Rajeev Taranath (India), and Alfred Ladzekpo (Ghana). In 2009, Terry won the Van Lier Fellowship, awarded each year by Meet the Composer to active professionals, supporting the creation of new musical work and community engagement.

Yunior Terry has performed with Steve Colman, Jerry Gonzales and the Fort Apache Band, Lila Downs, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Eddie Palmieri, Hilton Ruiz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Turre, Jane Bunnett, and his brother Yosvany Terry, among many others. In addition to his busy schedule as a sideman, Terry leads his own band, Son de Altura, created to innovate as well as to preserve the legacy of Cuban music. In 2012, he released his first album as a leader, Mi Bajo Danzón, published by Palo Santo Music.

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