Acclaimed jazz saxophonist-composer Yosvany Terry heads to the Jazz Standard in Manhattan for back-to-back performances on April 10 and 11.

Terry, who in 2003 was lauded by the New York Times as a musician who has “helped redefine Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz as a complex new idiom,” will premiere selections from his newest CD, “Today’s Opinion” (Criss Cross) with the Yosvany Terry Quintet and special guest Pedrito Martinez.

On “Today’s Opinion,” Terry’s second album as a band leader, he makes a persuasive case for what jazz should be, proposing a sonic world of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms, which address both the ancient and the immediate.

Audiences at the Jazz Standard performances will be offered inspired musical statements in a cool, tight-knit small band arrangement as the altoist and master chekére player performs with his quintet members Obed Calvaire (drums), Michael Rodriguez (trumpet), Osmany Paredes (piano), his brother Yunior Terry (bass) and guest Pedrito Martinez (vocals and percussion).

With his new CD, the composer taps his deep cultural roots as a Cuban as well as insights he has gained traveling the globe. “We’re looking forward to presenting a fresh and exciting synthesis of the many musical influences we have encountered around the world, my virtual ‘op-ed piece’ on the state of jazz today and where I think music is heading,” said Terry.

The Yosvany Terry Quintet with special guest Pedrito Martinez will perform at the Jazz Standard at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on April 10 and 11. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. respectively.)

The Jazz Standard is located at 116 East 27th Street, between Park and Lexington.

“Today’s Opinion” is available on iTunes and, and the CD will be available for purchase at the Jazz Standard performances. More information on the album and Terry can be found at

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!