Born in Camaguay province in Cuba, Yunior Terry is a part of one of Cuba's most gifted musical families. He graduated from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana with a double major in violin and bass. He played violin with the Cuban National Symphony and bass with both folkloric and Latin jazz groups. Mr. Terry came to the United States to attend CALARTS in Los Angeles where he graduated in 2002 with honors; he has played with, Lila Downs, Steve Coleman, The Latin Jazz All Stars, Jerry Gonzalo and Fort Apache and the Caribbean Project.
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 Chekeré. His father was also known as the founder and director of the "Orquesta Maravillas de Florida," one of Cuba's most important charanga bands. Mr. Terry 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 work-shop, 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 Terry. 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 Douglass, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and bassist Avishai Cohen. "My move to New York 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, Mr. Terry 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.
Mr. Terry's latest production, Metamorphosis , represents the investigative work he's being doing since arriving in New York. Yosvany adds, "The sound that I was trying to achieve in this recording is made up of all the musical influences that I've experienced since the beginning of my studies in Cuba, combined with my musical growth in New York during the past five years."
The compositions on this record reflect portraits and experiences of life in Havana and New York, while at the same time recreate the stamp of many other cities Yosvany has passed through, touring as a musician. "Inevitably one learns from what one comes into contact with--a concert, book, film, landscape, painting, hanging out late at night, etc....It's for this reason that the title couldn't be more descriptive of all these sensations: Metamorphosis", concludes Mr. Terry.
*Production: Metamorphosis, 2005
Yosvany Terry- saxophone, chekeré
Luis Perdomo- piano
Dafnis Prieto- drums
Jeff "Tain" Watts- drums
Hans Glawishnig- bass
Yunior Terry- bass
Avishai Cohen- trumpet
Pedro Martinez- percussion, vocals
Mike Moreno- guitar
Will Kennedy was a member of the internationally acclaimed group Yellowjackets for over nine years, recording ten records garnering an amazing fourteen Grammy nominations and accolades that would fill as many pages. In addition to countless world tours, Will's performances with the Yellowjackets included numerous television and radio broadcasts that spanned the globe.
Will won Modern Drummer magazine's reader's poll for best drummer (electric jazz category) three years in a row.
Will has a drumming video, which he co-produced with drum innovator Bob Gatzen. It was released by Warner Bros. as part of the "Inspiring Drummer" series.
Will can be seen performing on ABC's critically acclaimed "Wayne Brady Show." The band is led by Peter Michael Escovedo. (Will and Peter also worked together in the "Demographically Correct Orchestra" on UPN's critically acclaimed "Martin Short Show.")
Music came to Will early in life; he was playing his first drumset at the age of four. His older brother Hershall was involved in San Francisco, CA area funk bands (playing keyboards), and Will would hang out and watch the band and also jam with his brother in the garage. His father had an extensive record collection and music was a big part of life for the Kennedy family.
One afternoon, his brother came home with a record by the great Tony Williams. It was one of Tony's solo albums titled Believe it new lifetime. "I listened to it over and over... I just couldn't imagine the drums being played like that, and when I went to see him play live, my life was changed".
Will played percussion and traps throughout his school years, and by age ten he had his first private instructor: Bill Nawrocki would teach during the day and swing with all sorts of bands at night. He taught Will the basics of drumming and was a great motivator.
Will studied music in college under a professor named Bill Bell, who not only was an incredible instructor in classical and jazz studies, but also became like a second father to Will and ultimately invited Will to perform with him all around the Bay area.
Will was fast becoming a fixture in the Bay area scene. He started playing with a group called Rythmus 21, which was an all-star band featuring some of the top musicians in the community. Through this association Will was introduced to Andy Narrel, who wasted no time snatching Will up. Will did multiple records and tours with Andy, and around this time started getting heavily involved with writing music and became a partner in his first successful publishing company. Also during this time, saxophonist Marc Russo — a member of the Yellowjackets, and fellow Bay area resident — asked Will if he would be interested in joining the group (drummer Ricky Lawson had just left). "It was a tough decision to leave everything I had going on at the time, but after meeting and jamming with the Yellowjackets, I knew this was something I just had to do".
Will is actively involved in education. He has conducted clinics and Master series all over the world, and he participates in many educational functions sponsored by his equipment endorsees, including Pearl, Zildjian, Promark, Evans, Shure and Drumframe (see Equipment). He also has a series of educational recordings under the heading "Will's Practice Room."
Will Kennedy, literally steaming after an energetic performance at a drum clinic in Tennessee (see Modern Drummer, August 2001 issue).
Will Brock has done a lot of performing in and around his native Philadelphia.
We were able to catch up with Will on the stage of the Old Pasadena Jazz Festival backing up another Philadelphia friend: Gerald Veasley.
Will is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He teaches music theory, piano and is a vocal coach. He worked and played with Grover during his tenure as Artist in Residence at the University of the Arts. He is the leader of his own band and is co-founder of a music production company, Ghetto Factory Productions.
Keyboard player and co-writer of "Let's Groove", and a lot of other songs from that EWF period, has been working on some new material. The album is titled "3 Generations Of Groove" [L& R Records 1998] and includes a re-recording of "Let's Groove" with The Emotions doing the hooks. Vaughn also played keyboards on both Raise! and Powerlight. More about Wayne on www.wvworld.com
Composer, pianist, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz performs extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and North America. He is leader and principal composer for the quartet Sweeter Than the Day and performs regularly as an improviser on both piano and electronics throughout the world. Past ensembles include The President and the Horvitz, Morris, Previte Trio, Pigpen, Zony Mash, The New York Composers' Orchestra, Ponga and The Four Plus One Ensemble. His newest ensemble, The Gravitas Quartet, is a chamber group featuring cellist Peggy Lee, trumpeter Ron Miles and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck.
As a composer, Horvitz has been commissioned by The Kitchen, The Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New World Records, The Seattle Chamber Players and Earshot Jazz. He has received commissioning grants from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts, The N.Y. State Arts Council, The Mary Flagler Carey Trust, The Seattle Arts Commission, The Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and The Fund for U.S. Artists. Recent premieres include the V Series for chamber orchestra and Mountain Language for string quartet, Vienna 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he was awarded a Rockefeller MAP grant for the creation of a new piece, Joe Hill, for chamber orchestra and voice, which premiered in October of 2004 in Seattle. His 2003 composition, Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur for String Quartet and soloist, funded in part by a Seattle City Artist grant, premiered in March of 2004. This composition and his earlier string quartet, Mountain Language are released on the Tzadik label. His newest string quartet, These Hills of Glory, was commissioned with support from 4Culture and the Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. His recent collaboration with Tucker Martine, Mylab, was on the top 10 CD list for 2004 in jazz in both the New Yorker and Amazon.com. In February 2005 he received the Golden Ear award from Earshot Jazz for "Concert of the Year."
Works for theater and dance include music for the 1998 production of Death of A Salesman for Seattle's ACT theater (directed by Gordon Edelstein); productions of Ezra Pounds' Elektra and the American premiere of Harold Pinter's Mountain Language, both directed by Carey Perloff. In 1992 choreographer Paul Taylor created a new work OZ, to eleven compositions by Wayne Horvitz in collaboration with the White Oak Dance Company. Other theater and dance works include music for Bill Irwin's Broadway show, Strictly NY, and productions by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchage, Ammi Legendre, Nikki Apino and House of Dames and the Crispin Spaeth Dance Company.
Horvitz has also composed and produced music for a variety of video, film, television and other multimedia projects, including two projects with director Gus Van Sant, a full length score for PBS's Chihuly Over Venice and two films about the creation of Seattle’s EMP museum. His 85-minute score to Charlie Chaplin's film The Circus, for two pianos, two clarinets, and violin premiered in January 2000 in Oporto, Portugal.
As a sideman and collaborator he has performed and recorded with Billy Bang, Carla Bley, Curlew, Marty Ehrlich, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, David Moss, Bobby Previte, Elliott Sharp, Michael Shrieve, Kazutoki Umezu, Philip Wilson and John Zorn (Naked City, Cobra, etc.), among others. He has produced records for the World Saxophone Quartet, Human Feel, Marty Ehrlich, Fontella Bass, The Living Daylights, Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Eddie Palmieri and local songwriters Cathy Croce, Karen Pernick and David Russell among others.
Born in New York City in 1955, Wayne Horvitz lives in Seattle with his wife, composer Robin Holcomb, and their daughter Nica and son Lowell.
Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most active players on the Los Angeles scene. With studio dates, International touring, jazz concerts, guest soloist appearances and clinics he has no intention of slowing down.
In 1986 Wayne landed the lead trumpet position with the Maynard Ferguson Band. He can be heard on such MF recordings as “Body & Soul”, Big Bop Nouveau” & “Brass Attitude.” Remarking on the talented trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson had this to say during a radio interview: “Wayne is the most musical lead trumpet player I’ve ever had on my band.” Bergeron’s first solo Big Band CD entitled “You Call This A Living?” earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble as well as rave reviews from fans and press world wide.
Wayne is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America who is in the final stages of releasing the WB signature model custom trumpet. Wayne enjoys his work as a clinician/guest soloist and continues to tour in the US as well as abroad. In Oct. of 2004 Wayne had the honor of performing as a featured artist at Stratospheric, a 4 day festival honoring the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson.
As a sideman Wayne has been involved with hundreds of CD projects that include Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Chicago, Bette Midler, Ray Charles, Diane Reeves, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Arturo Sandoval, Robbie Williams, Keeley Smith, Josh Groban, Ronnie Milsap, Lee Ann Womack, Lou Rawls, Green Day, The Offspring, Bobby Caldwell, Rosemary Cloony, Diane Schuur, Brian Setzer, Joe Cocker, Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, David Benoit, Warren Hill, Tito Puente and The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
A partial list of film credits include The Incredibles, Pink Panther, Mr & Mrs. Smith, Ice Princess, Team America, National Treasure, The Aquatic Life, Friday Night Lights, Tarzan 2, Spiderman 2, Anchorman, White Chicks, The Notebook, The Day After Tomorrow, 3 Musketeers, Starsky and Hutch, Pirates of the Caribbean, Paycheck, Hollywood Homicide, Legally Blonde 2, Drumline, Catch Me if You Can, Undercover Brother, Pluto Nash, John Q, Evolution, American Pie 1& 2, Analyze This, Scream 3, The Kid, South Park, Flubber and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
His trumpet solos can be heard on High Crimes, Rounders, Fled, Hey Arnold (the movie), The Mask, Drowning Mona, The Rat Pack, Child Star, Norma Jean and Marilyn, Aladdin King of Thieves, Return of Jafar, Foolproof and Two Days in the Valley.
Bergeron has worked on over 250 TV & motion picture soundtracks. Numerous TV credits include shows such as ESPN & TNT sports themes, Entertainment Tonight Theme, American Idol, Emmy Awards, 2005 Academy Awards, Latin Grammy’s, Frank Sinatra’s 80th B-Day Special, Tony Bennett TV Special, Jerry Lewis Telathon, Jeopardy, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Futurama, Buzz Lightyear, Hercules, Lloyd in Space, Hey Arnold and Promised Land.
In addition, his trumpet solos have been heard on music from King of the Hill, The Division, The Agency, Mouseworks, House of Mouse, Arrested Development and Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Bergeron has also played on hundreds of TV & radio jingles. Wayne’s passion for big bands finds himself seated in some of LA’s most well respected bands. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis, John La Barbara, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Frank Capp, Matt Cattingub, Bill Liston, Kim Richmond, Ray Anthony, Roger Neumann, Bill Perkins, Buddy Childers, Bill Elliott, Chris Walden, Gary Irwin, Bill Watrous and Bob Curnow.
Warren Lovell fronts Big Time Operator. "We would play four to five nights a week," he says of the years 1997 - 1999, when the band played Croce's, the Cannibal Bar, and Tio Leo's. "A lot of the swing dancers who would show up would only drink water. [Live swing] wasn't profitable for the bars. The dancers killed it."
Though Lovell became a police officer in 2000, he and BTO have been doing private corporate gigs since the dropoff in swing's popularity.
"You pretty much have to have a side job [as a member of the SDPD] to make ends meet. The city doesn't pay its cops well.... Most cops I know don't live in San Diego because they can't afford it. They have to commute from Temecula or Alpine."
Lovell and his wife have three children. His 18-month-old son was killed in a May 2004 auto accident.
"I took a month off from [SDPD] work. I needed to get grounded. Two days after he died, I had a gig. The event company said, 'You don't have to do this show.' But I put on a different face and did the show. That's part of being a professional. The police department taught me a lot about that."
Asked if he thinks there will be another swing revival, he replies "I think the only thing that would do that would be a movie that would incorporate a big band. Royal Crown Revue started the whole thing. The movie Mask broke them.... We want to give people an alternative to the crap that is being put out today." By "crap," Lovell means "...anything that doesn't take a lot of talent to play. It's a matter of education. You don't see a lot of educated people listening to hip-hop."
Walter Smith III
Walter Smith III began playing the saxophone at the age of 7 in his hometown of Houston, TX. At Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, in 1998, Smith received a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship from IAJE and NFAA; the NFAA Young Talent Award, a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music; and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts medal, Walter Graduated from Berklee in 2003 with a degree in Music Education.
While in Boston, Walter was selected by the Boston Jazz Society to receive its annual award whose past winners have included Branford Marsalis and Donald Harrison. In July of 2002, Walter walked away from the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland with third place in the 1st annual International Saxophone Competition, as well as winning the Audience's Favorite at Manhattan School of Music on a full tuition scholarship to receive a master's in jazz performance. While in New York, Smith kept himself busy touring and performing with such artists as Roy Haynes and Ralph Peterson, as well as Bilal and Destiny's Child. Smith recently performed in a Tsunami benefit concert with R&B vocalist Lauryn Hill in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Walter has performed all over the world participating in numerous national and international festivals as well as famed stages in the U.S. such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Smith has shared the stage and/or appeared on recording with many jazz notables including Roy Hargrove, Sean Jones, Terence Blancharrd, Darren Barrett, Eric Reed, Makoto Ozone, Mulgrew Miller, Jason Moran, Joe Sample, Rueben Rogers, Bob Hurst, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Joe Lovano, Bill Pierce, Myron Walden, Walter Beasley, Lewis Nash, Eric Harland, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lynne-Carrington, and a host of others.
Walter's debut recording as a leader was released in March of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent label and features many of his original compositions. The band is comprised of some of the best young musicians on the scene today, including Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Lage Lund, Gretchen Parlato, Rueben Rogers, Vicente Archer, Kendrick Scott, Eric Harland, and Matt Kilmer.
Most recently Walter has finished a two year program with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles and has already completed tours of both Vietnam and India with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Starting in the Fall of 2007, Walter will be teaching at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, and is currently touring with the Sean Jones Sextet, Christian Scott and Jason Moran's Monk Town Hall project titled "In My Mind".
In 2007 Walter is an integral part of two Grammy-nominated recordings including Christian Scott's "Rewind That" that was nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, and Michael Buble's "Caught in the Act" which was nominated in the Traditional/Pop category. All to be released before the summer of 2007, Walter is featured on upcoming new releases by trumpeters Christian Scott (Concord Records) and Sean Jones (Mack Avenue Records), drummer Kendrick Scott (World Culture Music), as well as several other recordings to be released in 2007 and 2008.
Walter is an openly creative multidirectional drummer/percussionist. His richly eclectic and unique gift encompasses a plurality of styles–from rock to latin to world music–in a way that is extremely rare in a realm dominated usually by “doing-one-thing” specialists. Combining powerful technique, uncanny sense of time, deep understanding of the essence of different cultural musical manifestations with a profound sense of stylistic appropriateness, Walter embodies -“The drummer/percussionist of the new century”- quoting his mentor Alex Acuña.
There are drummers, and there are percussionists. Very, very few of his generation have an equally flawless command at the Drum set, Latin percussion (from congas, to bongos/timbales), other World Music percussion (African, Brazilian, Afro-Uruguayan, and Indian… among other), and Electronic percussion (both as a programmer/performer). All of these are brought together and nurtured by a profound sense of purpose and meaning, defined by him as his “calling”. Walter wants to dedicate his playing to JESUS CHRIST, “The One Whom every perfect gift comes from”.
Playing drums from a very early age, Walter Rodriguez, born in San Juan. P.R., played his first TV show at the age of seven. His father, top studio call on the island for over 20 years, was his first teacher and still his greatest inspiration. While playing side by side with his dad, he was surrounded by today’s musical greats Alex Acuna and Giovanni Hidalgo; simultaneously enhancing his musical knowledge by studying piano and working as a sound engineer. At the age of 22, Walter moved to Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute of Technology, specifically the PIT (Percussion Institute of Technology) division.
While getting involved in the local music scene, Walter and Alex Acuna connected, this time Alex taking Walter under his wing and becoming his spiritual and musical mentor. Where others would concentrate on fewer options/activities as time passes-by, Walter is heading to broader, more musically challenging directions. He is not only dealing with harmonic and other relevant music-theory elements, but also opening an even bigger sonic “palette” by studying -yet- other World-Music percussion traditions, including the Australian didgeridoo [the oldest woodwind instrument ever] and the Indian tabla, to mention a few. Walter’s excellent musicianship is only a part of his appeal as player and performer. His innate charisma, adding warmth and flare to any stage, and his smile frequently pointed out, as “lighting up the whole world”, are only surpassed by his sense of meaning and purpose. He defines the essence of his musical endeavor as two-fold: To shine for GOD Almighty in JESUS’ Name, and to affect people in a positive way in a world desperately needing so.