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Yosvany Terry Cabrera
Director, Jazz Ensemble, Harvard University

"On saxophonist Yosvany Terry’s kitchen table sat a syllabus for “West African Heritage Ensemble,” a course he teaches at the New School. According to the university’s website, the course “explores the rich musical heritage of West Africa” and its diaspora in the Americas, “paying special attention to internalizing rhythmic patterns and phrases,” thus enabling students to “apply West African concepts to their understanding of jazz and improvisation. That also summarizes the thrust of Mr. Terry’s music, especially on “Today’s Opinion” (Criss Cross), a dazzling new CD grounded in both distinct formal traditions and abstract ideas. He’ll celebrate the album’s release Tuesday and Wednesday at Jazz Standard, where he once headlined a “New Dimensions in Latin Jazz” series." -- NY Culture, 4/6/12

 "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." --


Harvard Portrait: Yosvany Terry  1/15/2016 Harvard Magazine: "With a father who was a famous charanga (Cuban dance music) conductor, violinist, and chekeré player (the percussion instrument made of a hollow gourd covered in a net of beads), Terry and his brothers grew up serious about music, but also kept busy with other pursuits: math contests, volleyball, handball, and badminton."

Yosvany Terry appointed director of Jazz Ensembles and visiting senior lecturer on music  7/13/2015 Harvard Gazette: "Internationally acclaimed Cuban musician, composer, saxophonist, percussionist, bandleader, and educator Yosvany Terry has been appointed director of Jazz Ensembles and visiting senior lecturer on music at Harvard University for the 2015-16 academic year. In this new joint position of the Department of Music and the Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA), Terry will oversee the OFA’s Jazz Program, consisting of two student big bands, and teach one foundational course in theory and improvisation (or a related topic) per semester in the Department of Music." 





  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)

  • Original Release Date: 2006

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Label: Kindred Rhythm

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)

  • Original Release Date: 2012

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Label: Criss Cross

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Has samples



Yosvany Terry Quartet performs "Subversive" Live
at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, CA

Los Terry, AfroCubaWeb, on Yovany;s talented family

A Résumé Centering on Latin Jazz, With Interests That Include Cultural Fusion, Yosvany Terry Quintet at the Jazz Standard, NYT, 4/13/12

Yosvany Terry: Ye-dé-gbé and the Afro-Caribbean Legacy, Texas Performing Arts, 4/29/11 Has informative video.

Yosvany Terry.(Yosvany Terry Group)
Latin Beat Magazine 
April 1, 2005

"Yosvany played with Silvio Rodriguez's group Diakara, blazing a new path in the fusion of the Nueva Trova and Afro-Cuban jazz. He has recorded with Roy Hargrove and Jane Bunnett as well as the acclaimed Cubanismo recording with Jesus Alemañy. Recently he has been working with Steve Coleman and an innovative jazz workshop in Oakland and teaching at the prestigious Stanford Jazz Workshop. Listeners will no doubt hear more from this 25 year old saxophonist and arranger in years to come." - Round World Music, 2007

As the Yosvany Terry Group prepared to take the stage one night in Ma), 2004, Dale Fitzgerald, founder/executive director of the Jazz Gallery in Sobo, New York City, introduced the group and announced that this was Yosvany Terry Cabrera's 25th performance at the Jazz Gallery. Fitzgerald declared that Yosvany had been a vital part of the local jazz scene since moving to NYC from Cuba in July 1999. Terry has performed as a leader and sideman for a variety of musical configurations, from small combos to big bands and, regardless of the context he has excelled as a player, composer and arranger. His performances always appeal to audiences, uniquely blending Afro-Cuban music with jazz structures and harmonies, and creating an organic, natural flow that swings and is proven to be intellectually challenging.

This night at the Jazz Gallery was no exception. Terry brought a stellar group, consisting of himself on saxophones and chékere, Luis Perdomo on piano, brother Yunior Terry on bass, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Mike Moreno on guitar, Pedro Martínez on congas and vocals and the great Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. Yosvany stated that Tain had brought energy and knowledge to the music and all the musicians grew by the experience of playing with him.

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