Sunday July 20
LIKE MANY Cuban jazz musicians, saxophonist Yosvany Terry grew up absorbing chants, rhythms and rituals that can be traced directly to the Yoruba people of West Africa. It's only in recent years, however, that he's immersed himself in one of Afro-Cuban culture's more obscure currents, delving into the folkloric traditions of the Arará people from the island's northwestern province of Matanzas. The scion of a highly respected musical family, Terry was already a rising star in Cuba who had played with giants such as pianist Chucho Valdez, singer/songwriter Silvio Rodriguez and trumpeter Jesús Alemany's band Cubanismo before moving to New York in 1999. A major force on the American jazz scene who's been touring internationally with Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Terry devoted his second release Ye-dé-gbé: Afro-Caribbean Legacy, to an electrifying synthesis of state-of-the-art post-bop improvisation and Arará musical forms. For his Bay Area concerts, Terry is performing with almost the same cast featured on the album, a dazzling collection of musicians including his brother, bassist Yunior Terry, pianist Osmany Paredes, drummer Tony Escapa, Pedro Martinez on vocals and percussion, and percussionists Roman Diaz and Ramon "Sandy" Garcia Perez (who was born and raised in Matanzas).