Though he’s a regular face on the New York jazz circuit, saxophonist, composer, and educator Yosvany Terry remains deeply connected to his Cuban roots. His music can be formally complex and technically intricate, but it always feels organic, retaining a strong sense of groove. This spring, Terry will release a new album entitled New Throned King on 5Passion, a young label maintained by one of his closest collaborators, similarly forward-thinking Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba.
The Jazz Gallery has a long history with Terry. Check out this video from 2008, when he was featured as part of our Composers’ Series:
And this 5Passion EPK showcases a Gallery performance by Afro-Cuban Roots, another project of Terry’s:
We’re thrilled to welcome Terry back to the Gallery this Friday and Saturday. The quintet he brings with him collects four New York mainstays and longtime collaborators who share the saxophonist’s cross-cultural sensibilities: trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Osmany Paredes, bassist Yunior Terry, and drummer Obed Calvaire. You can hear this band plus percussionist Pedro Martinez and guest Gonzalo Rubalcaba on Terry’s most recent Criss Cross release, 2012’s Today’s Opinion.
The Yosvany Terry Quintet performs at The Jazz Gallery this Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th, 2014. This performance features Yosvany Terry on saxophones and chekeré, Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Osmany Paredes on piano, Yunior Terry on bass, and Obed Calvaire on drums. Sets are at 9 and 11 p.m., $20 general admission and $10 for members. Purchase tickets here.