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Yosvany Terry

Origin: Cuba

Main instrument: Saxophone

Genres: Jazz, Latin

Born in Cuba to a violinist father, saxophonist and composer Yosvany Terry artfully blends a strong Cuban musical lineage with traditional American jazz. As a child in his home land, Terry studied classical music at the National School of Art, and went on to play with Chucho Valdés, Fito Paez and Cubanissimo. In 1998, he formed his group Columna B., premiering to great acclaim at the Stanford Jazz Festival that same year. In 1999, the saxophonist moved to NYC to immerse himself in the city's historical jazz circles. There, he played with Roy Hargrove and Dave Douglas, and quickly worked his way up as one of the most respected musicians on the jazz scene. In 2001, he released the popular album Metamorphosis and in 2008, formed Ye-dé-gbé, a jazz ensemble project that mixes Afro-Caribbean culture with American jazz


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