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 saxophonist , 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 The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Berklee School of Music, York University and The Manhattan School of Music as well as study with the late jazz vocalist Anne Marie Moss and the late Fred Stone. She is specialist in primary music including Orff and Kodaly pedagogies. Terry won the FACTOR Award for New Talent and was awarded the esteemed honor of The Canada Council Award for the Arts.
Terry's most potent jazz vocal influences are Betty Carter for her "re-invention" of the song form and the more traditional offerings of Shirley Horn. She is inspired by the improvisational genius of jazz pioneers Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans. Terry has developed an outstanding ear and has honed her vocal power into a new realm of instrumentation by using alternate rhythms, exotic voicings and subtle intonations.
In her first CD entitled "Sometimes I'm Happy", Terry exhibits impeccable vocal skill, combined with a vast emotional range in her arrangements. She dances with breezy confidence in the title track " Sometimes I'm Happy", and can evoke tears in her own riveting and poignant ballad "I Wish I Could've Known You Better". Her sense of humor is evidenced in her skilled and witty handling of "Just You, Just Me" and she and her band swing hard through "Come Dance With Me". In "You Don't Know What Love Is", one can feel and hear the despair and angst of lost love communicated through the subtle, layered textures of the vocal.
Terry's quartet on the Cd provides eloquent rhythmic and melodic counterpoint to her instrument. The outstanding musicians she recorded with are Dave Restivo on piano, Artie Roth on Bass, John Obercian on drums and Lou Marini on sax. The album was produced by the renowned composer and musician, Jon Goldsmith.
Terry's growth and maturity as a musician are evidenced in her second CD "All In A Day's Dream". A recording of original material, Terry demonstrates a composer's "voice" that is uniquely hers. Complex and layered, she shows us an original approach to songwriting in her unconventional harmony, intricate melodies and sensitive lyrics. She is joined on this undertaking by renowned musicians Gerard D'Angelo on piano, Ratzo Harris on bass, Victor Jones on drums and Lou Marini on sax and flute.
Terry resides in New York City with her husband Dean and their 3 daughters.
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.
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.
In front of a warmly appreciative crowd at the Montreal Bistro last night, Cade and her trio glided briskly and effortlessly through a repertoire of standards almost all of which called for a major demonstration of her considerable technique.
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.
All Music Guide Says:
A true measure of a jazz singer is the way he or she ( 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 of when they embrace these tunes with their vocal cords is a challenge. Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie and Carmen McRae, among others, we're 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.
Every track on her album is an adventure with the listener kept on edge with the listener waiting to see how this adventure unfolds.Cade has the credentials to gain admittance to the citadels of jazz. This speaks to her ability as a vocalist to be noticed.
Les Disques Says:
Terry Cade is a sophisticated vocalist. She possesses a voice, one of the the freshest , full of finesse and skill. She navigates rhythms, each one different, with a rich energy, skill, and innovation.
She will go far!!!