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Alto and Soprano Saxophonist
"Jackie [McLean] taught me a lot of things about what to listen for and what to listen to. He knows a tremendous amount about the history of the music, even before it was called jazz."
   -- Sue Terry
She's been compared to the great alto players like Charlie Parker and Phil Woods. Jackie McLean tutored her at the prestigious Hartt School of Music. Alto and soprano saxophonist Sue Terry exemplifies excellence with a commanding sense of swing and a burnished tone. Dr. Taylor welcomes her on this edition of Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center. With his trio, Terry demonstrates with musical prowess with rousing interpretations of Horace Silver's "Sister Sadie," Bernice Petkere and Joe Young's "Lullaby of the Leaves," Jimmy Dorsey and Gene DePaul's "Star Eyes," and Juan Tizol's "Caravan."

On-demand audio from this show:
Listen to Sue talk about her earliest recollections of music.
Listen to Sue explain the differences between playing alto and soprano saxophones.
Listen to Sue talk about studying with the legendary Jackie McLean.
Listen to Sue talk about her experiences playing with Diva, an all-female jazz big band.
Listen to Sue describe some of her experiences playing with symphony orchestras.

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Related NPR Jazz links:
  • Sue Terry Official Web site
    Visit the saxophonist's Web site for additional biographical information, tour dates, discography, and contact information.


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