Desert Island Jazz
Yosvany Terry (2007)

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Born in Cuba, Yosvany Terry received his earliest musical training from his father, Eladio "Don Pancho" Terry, violinist and Cuba's leading

player of the Cheker.

Don Pancho was also known as the founder and director of the "Orquesta Maravillas de Florida," one of Cuba's most important charanga bands.

Yosvany went on to receive his classical music training and graduated from both the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory.

While in Cuba, Yosvany was known for his musical innovation performing with the likes of legends, such as Chucho Valdez, Silvio Rogriguez, Fito Paez, and Cubanismo, as well as forming the influential group, Columna B.

Their work represented the new voice of young Cuban jazz players. "Columna B became this limitless workshop, where everything could be tried and experimented with. We learned how to polish and develop our craft in a very special and intuitive sense", comments Yosvany. Columna toured throughout the US and Europe, and in 1998 premiered their Inroads Commissioned-piece by Arts International (through the Ford Foundation) at Stanford Jazz Festival.

Yosvany came to New York in 1999 and was immediately recognized as a "spectacular talent" in the Jazz scene, playing with Roy Hargrove, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Dave Douglas, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and bassist Avishai Cohen. Of his move to New York, Yosvany says it "represented an incredible time of growth as a musician, the move gave me access to so much information, and the opportunity to meet and work with talented musicians from all over the world."

Always a student, Yosvany has absorbed and incorporated American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce compositions and solo work that flow from the rhythmic and hard driving avant-garde to sweet sounding lyricism. His voice and style are unique and complex, and with his new quintet he has married Cuban and American musical traditions to create a new and exciting sound.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Hermeto Pascoal Mondo Verde Esperança Taiane (RM)
# 2 Grupo AfroCuba de Matanzas Raices Africanas Ananu  
# 3 Don Byas Le Grand Don Byas (LP) Lover, Come Back to Me (MJR)
# 4 Yosvany Terry Metamorphosis This Is It (Kindred Spirits)
# 5 Emiliano Salvador Festival en Plaza Aquellas Gaviotas  
# 6 Charlie Parker Yardbird Suite Ko Ko (Rhino)
# 7 Yosvany Terry Metamorphosis Journey of Awareness (Kindred Spirits)
Book James Joyce, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"; or Herman Hesse, "Siddhartha"
Luxury Item A laptop computer, a saxophone, and a piano
Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
Alt 1 Yosvany Terry Metamorphosis El Burlon (Kindred Spirits)
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