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Bassist, Composer Yunior Terry

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YUNIOR TERRY was born in the Camagüey province of Cuba. Following his father and two older brothers (aka Los Terry), he began his classical musical training at the age of seven. Terry graduated from the prestigious National School of Art (ENA) in Havana with a double major in violin and bass. Soon after graduation, he toured with the Cuban National Philharmonic Orchestra as a violinist.

In 1998, Yunior came to the United States to attend CalArts in Los Angeles where he graduated in 2002. This experience broadened his musical horizons by exposing him to a wide variety of world music.

Since his arrival to New York, Yunior Terry has toured and performed with Steve Coleman, Jerry Gonzales and Fort Apache, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Eddie Palmieri, Jeff Tain Watts, Lila Downs, Yosvany Terry, Roy Hargrove, The Latin Jazz All-Stars, Kip Hanrahan & Conjure, Claudia Acuña, Steve Turre, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Dafnis Prieto, Jane Bunnett and Orquesta Broadway among others. He also leads his bands, Son de Altura and the Yunior Terry Sexteto performing around New York. Mr. Terry recently won the Van Lier Fellowship awarded by Meet The Composer.

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.

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