Terry Cade was born and raised in Toronto and made her lifetime commitment to a singing career at the young age of twelve. Her father was a professional jazz musician, and Terry had the opportunity of being exposed to the sophisticated music of his era.
Her extensive classical and jazz training began in her early teens and includes studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Berklee School of Music, York University, and The Manhattan School of Music, as well as study with Jazz Vocalist Anne Marie Moss and the late jazz great Fred Stone. She is a specialist in Primary Music Education including Orff and Kodaly. Terry won The Factor award for New Talent and has been awarded the esteemed honor of The Canada Council Award for the Arts.
Terry’s most potent jazz influences are Betty Carter for her “reinvention “of the song form, and the more traditional offerings of Shirley Horn. She is inspired by the improvisational genius of jazz pioneers Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans.
Terry has performed throughout Canada and the United States and was a featured performer at The New York Jazz Festival, “Women in Jazz” series.
Terry 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.
- 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 a way so as to make it uniquely their own for that short period when they embrace these tunes with their vocal cords 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. Cade has the credentials to gain admittance as a performer to the Knitting Factory a citadel of contemporary jazz. That alone speaks tons about her ability as a vocalist.
- The Toronto Star Says:
When you hear Terry Cade sing, it's like appetizer, main course and dessert all at once-and the result is not in the least indigestible. Far from it, for 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, her cool alto sound lagged nicely behind the jaunty beat laid down by Dave Restivo, the pianist who always has something to say, bassist Artie Roth and drummer Daniel Barnes.
But it does much more than that. Cade knows how to float around a melody, breaking up the melody with experiments in time, accent and tone so that almost before the audience had caught on to the familiar, clearly articulated strains of tunes like "Lullaby of Birdland", "I've Got The World On A String", and "I'm All Smiles" it had been treated to an exhibition of note-bending, unusual emphases and a might array of vocal innovation that underscores the essence of jazz, her timing faultless and each line of the managing to sound different enough to imbue it with freshness and interest.
A little scat and an occasional wail didn't come amiss either, and the opening set was balanced with attractive but more mainstream takes on songs such as "A Beautiful Friendship" and "I Just Found Out About Love", as well as a sultry, precise reading of "Too Late Now." Perhaps the highlight was an extraordinary opening to "Sometimes I'm Happy", willfully wacky and delightful, proof indeed that Cade's club appearances should be hunted down and rigorously enjoyed.