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 if Shirley Horn. She is inspired by the improvisational genius of jazz pioneers Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. Terry has developed an outstanding ear and has honed her vocal acumen 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 daces 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 Have 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 hear the angst and despair of love lost through the subtle and textured layers of Terry’s vocal.
On this CD Terry’s rhythm section provide eloquent counterpoint to her instrument and her arrangements. On this recording she was joined by Dave Restivo (piano), Artie Roth (bass), John Obercian (drums), Hugh Marsh (violin) and Lou Marini (sax). The CD was produced by accomplished composer/arranger, Jon Goldsmith.
Terry’s growth and maturity as a musician are evidenced on her second CD “All n a Day’s Dream”. An album of largely original material, Terry demonstrates as a composer a “voice” that is uniquely hers. Complex and layered, she exhibits an original approach to songwriting in her unconventional harmonies, intricate melodies , and sensitive lyrics. She is joined on this recording by Gerard D’Angelo (piano), Ratzo Harris (bass), Victor Jones (drums) and Lou Marini (sax and Flute.
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 resides in New York City husband Dean and daughters, Stella, Isabel and Lauren.