Terry Cade was born and raised in Toronto and made her lifetime commitment to music at a very young age. Considered “a true jazz vocalist” (Toronto Star), Cade is also a respected composer, arranger, and educator. She has performed extensively throughout Canada and The United States and has worked with John Hicks, Ratzo Harris, Victor Jones, Lou Marini, Cameron Brown, Jonathan Goldsmith and Dave Restivo, among others. Cade has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, York University, The Berklee College of Music and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as privately with Anne Marie Moss, Meredith D’Ambrosio and Fred Stone. Cade considers Betty Carter, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk to be among her strongest influences, both in her composition and her singing, for their unique approach to harmony and performance. Cade was a recipient of The Canada Council Award for the Arts and was a featured performer in the “Women in Jazz” series at the Texaco New York Jazz Festival. She has recorded 2 well received CD’s under her name – “Sometimes I’m Happy” and “All in a Day’s Dream”.
Cade currently divides her time between Toronto and New York City.
Time Out New York Says:
The scene is suddenly teeming with good jazz singers, and Toronto native Terry Cade's timing places her right in the thick of the pack. She can corner harmonies on a dime, and doesn't hesitate to upshift into a new tempo when the inspiration hits. (Critics’ Pick)
The Village Voice Says:
Toronto jazz vocalist Terry Cade brings her quartet into The Cutting Room this weekend and you can expect to be surprised by Cade’s iconoclastic approach to music. She moves easily through her repertoire, shifting from hard bop to cool swing, and never misses a beat. She is backed by a burning rhythm section that has no trouble keeping up with her. (Critics’ Pick)
All Music Guide Says:
A true measure of a jazz singer is the way she or he (mostly she) meets the challenge of applying the tricks and techniques of their trade to classic standards. How they reformat well-known material in such a way, so as to make it uniquely their own for that short period when they embrace these tunes with their voice, is the challenge. Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, and Carmen McRae, among others, were always ready, willing, and able to take the risk of bravely applying their artistry to standards, twisting, turning, shaping, and coddling them to their own personality.
Canadian native Terry Cade has earned a spot in that category.
The Toronto Star Says:
Terry Cade is a true jazz vocalist who believes in using this musical form's main ingredient-improvisation- in large quantities, and straight away. Often bringing to mind inventive jazz divas Cassandra Wilson and Betty Carter, Cade knows how to float around a melody, breaking up the melody with experiments in time, accent and tone and a mighty array of vocal innovation that underscores the essence of jazz, her timing faultless.
Les Disques (France) Says:
Terry Cade is a sophisticated vocalist who possesses a voice, one of the freshest around, full of finesse and skill. She navigates rhythms and harmonies, each one different, with a rich energy, skill, and innovation. A true jazz artist!
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