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Yosvany Terry Quintet and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez & Italuba in concert!

On Saturday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. at The North Beach Bandshell, the New York-based saxophonist and world-class chekeré player Yosvany Terry and his quintet’s multidisciplinary presentation of “Afro Cuban Roots” with Osmany Paredes, Yunior Terry and Pedrito Martinez as invited artists. This performance is followed on the same night by the Miami-based Grammy Award winner Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez who will heat up the dance floor with his high-powered, sizzling contemporary Latin Jazz percussion, accompanied by his Italy-based Jazz troupe Italuba, performing for the first time in the U.S.

Other Global Cuba Fest activities, such as free workshops, receptions, post-performance parties and other events will also be happening during this month-long celebration of contemporary Cuban music and artists at venues in other parts of Miami. For more information on Global Cuba Fest, please email us at, call us at 305.316.6165, or visit our website at

Yosvany Terry:

Since his arrival in New York in 1999, Cuban saxophonist/percussionist/composer Yosvany Terry’s has been making a difference in contemporary music. His innovative work, a unique confluence of Cuban roots music and jazz, “has helped redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom" The New York Times

Born into a musical family in Camaguey, Cuba, Yosvany received his earliest training from his father, Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry, a violinist and Cuba’s leading player of the chekeré. After mastering this Afro-Cuban percussion instrument, Yosvany went on to classical music training in Havana at the prestigious National School of Arts (ENA) and Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. After graduating, Yosvany worked with major figures in every realm of Cuban music: pianists Chucho Valdes, Alfredo Rodriguez and Ernan Lopez-Nussa. From his earliest days in New York, Yosvany has been welcomed by the jazz and contemporary music community; playing with Branford Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, Cassandra Wilson, Eddie Palmieri, , Joe Lovano, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ravi Coltrane, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, bassist Avishai Cohen, Meshell Ndgeocello, Cassandra Wilson, Israel Lopez “Cachao“, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Wycliffe Gordon,  Paquito D‘Rivera, Taj Mahal, David Murray, Giovanni Hidalgo and Brian Lynch.

Among the many commissions he has received as a composer are the Chamber Music America “Connecting Communities Residency Program” commission funded through Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Jazzmobile and Harlem Stage; Harlem Stage commissioned Yosvany Terry to write the music of the Opera Makandal; and the Jerome Foundation/Jazz Gallery Composers’ Series commission for a work for a large ensemble. He received the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors/New York State Music Fund’s grant through Stanford Jazz Workshop for Yedégbé, a suite of Arará music, music brought by African slaves to Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean.  For more information please visit:

The New York Times:

Nate Chinen’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

YOSVANY TERRY “Today’s Opinion” (Criss Cross) And here’s that more approachable synthesis, an Afro-Cuban postbop album built around recognizable parameters, with crisp, energetic work by Mr. Terry, an alto saxophonist, and others, including the captivating Pedrito Martinez, on congas and vocals.

Horacio El Negro Hernandez: