Yosvany Terry's Afro-Cuban Sound Comes to Harlem and MOMA

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Yosvany Terry, the acclaimed Afro-Cuban jazz saxophonist-composer, performs two free concerts at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and City College on July 15 and 23 respectively.

The City College performance is a part of Jazzmobile’s Summerfest, the city’s oldest, continuous jazz summer festival. The musician will perform works from his latest CD Today’s Opinion, Criss Cross, with the Yosvany Terry Quintet.

Terry hails from Cuba, where he was trained classically at the prestigious National School of Arts (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Havana, as well as under his father Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry, renowned violinist and chekeré player.

He came to New York City in 1999 and immersed himself in its jazz scene, performing with the likes of Jesus "Chucho" Valdes, Avishai Cohen, Roy Hardgrove, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Meshell Ndegeocello, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Coleman and Dave Douglas. He’s gone on to play stages around the world with some of the top names in the business. Latin Jazz Percussion Magazine said that, “Mr. Terry’s performances always, appeal to audiences, uniquely blending Afro-Cuban music with Jazz structures and harmonies, and creating and organic, natural flow that swings and is proven to be intellectually challenging.”

At the upcoming performances the altoist and master chekére player will be joined by Obed Calvaire (drums), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Osmany Paredes (piano) and his brother Yunior Terry (bass). The MOMA concert is a part of the Summergarden music series, curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In addition to selections from the Today’s Opinion CD, the Quintet will present the world premiere of Allegories (2012), a suite Terry says reflects the “multiplicity of music collaborations that in turn define me as a New Yorker.”

The MOMA concert will take place at The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, the entrance to which is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes. The group’s City College performance in Jazzmobile’s Summerfest will take place on Monday, July 23 at 7:00 pm at the North Academic Center (NAC) Plaza (Amsterdam Avenue near 136th Street).
Today’s Opinion is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. For more information on Terry, visit www.yosvanyterry.com

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