"Superwoman of Jazz" -- Hartford Courant

•••••••••••• Live at the 2006 COTA Jazz Festival, from WVIA broadcast:    

A BEAUTIFUL PLACE ON THE PLANET: "This Is Montesueños"  Sit back and enjoy this 8 minute, very calming and centering video.

Sue's stunning slideshow, with original music, is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Brian O'Leary, 1940-2011: "This Is Montesueños", Vilcabamba, Ecuador. The music was recorded live in 2009 at a small gathering of friends there. Download the soundtrack free. 

Su with Clarice Assad & Off the Cliff


Transcribing Solos: Why Do It?


Make Your Own Scales


REALITY SAX! A real saxophone lesson featuring Doug Wong:   ••••YOU TOO can study with Sue--on Skype! Get a private consultation from the comfort of your own studio--no traffic, no travel time. Details on home page.•••• "5 Minute Lessons" Here I explain how to use the keyboard in your practice sessions:

The Blue.Seum Project--A collaboration with virtuoso reedman Tim Price


Live clip from the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, 2009 (with Richard Drexler-p, Mark Neuenschwander-b, Tracy Alexander-d)


NEW VIDEO: "OSAMA IS DEAD" A saxophone improvisation created after hearing the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed.

"The Creator Does Not Have Good Taste" A little poetry (under my nom de plume!) Soundtrack features me on clarinet & saxophone: "Marie Speaks" Words of wisdom from a great sage: "The Poetry of Petra Feline" More poetry, from a Meowlitzer Prize winner:

"Why Your Music Is Important"



Su Terry began her professional playing career at the age of sixteen, playing for church performances and musical theater. She began playing Jazz gigs while attending the Hartt School, a well-known music conservatory in Hartford. Though she was accepted as a Classical clarinetist, her secret agenda was to study with the late Jazz legend Jackie McLean, which she did for five years. The Hartt School elected her Alumna of the Year in 2001.

Su first heard Jazz music as a child growing up in Connecticut, where her father had an extensive record collection and she listened to WRVR FM non-stop. As a teenager studying with legendary pianist and educator John Mehegan, Su mentioned she would like to write a big band arrangement for her high school Jazz Ensemble. Mehegan bet her an ice cream cone that she couldn’t do it. She won. Since then, Su has composed for, and played and recorded with, a variety of notable Jazz artists including Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Charli Persip, Peggy Stern, Clifford Jordan, Melba Liston, Hilton Ruiz, Howard Johnson, Tim Price, Walter Bishop, Jr., Jaki Byard and Derwyn Holder.

She has also performed with other Jazz VIPs such as Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, Jon Faddis, Lew Tabackin, Wynton Marsalis, Lew Soloff and Ray Barretto. She’s been a Jazz soloist with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York Pops, and has performed worldwide at venues such as The Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, Quasimodo in Berlin, Germany, Marian's Jazzclub in Bern, Switzerland, and Spice of Life in London, UK. In the States she has been a frequent performer at venues such as The Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C. and Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.

Her discography currently contains over fifty commercially released CDs. She’s the author of several music instruction books, and has received a number of grants and awards for her songwriting. She is a regular columnist for The Note, and a regular contributor to Allegro Magazine. Sue’s other passion is for the martial arts---she’s a longtime practitioner of Taijiquan and Qi Gong.

Her website is www.suterry.com, where you will find streaming audio, free video, articles, a photo gallery, and more.

--Sandy Payson, Qi Note Records

Su Terry is a Yamaha artist. She uses Jody Jazz saxophone mouthpieces and ligatures, Legere reeds, NeoTech straps, and SaxRax horn stands.

"Su Terry on alto saxophone: one should almost say that this young lady is born for her instrument. That relaxed, exalted playing! That rhythmic feeling! That improvisational skill! Simply extraordinary!" --Die Wahrheit Berlin, Germany

"She has a formidable musical intelligence. . . " --Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

"She plays like Charlie Parker reincarnated! She smokes!" --Jazz Central Station