Su Terry

Artist Photo

Su Terry (a.k.a. “Sweet” Su Terry)

Performing and Recording Artist

“Légère reeds are the best reeds I have ever played in terms of consistency, durability, and climate change adaptability. Their playing response rivals that of cane reeds. I will never go back to cane now that Légère is on the scene!” - Su Terry

International performer and recording artist Su Terry (aka "Sweet" Sue Terry) plays soprano saxophone, clarinet, and bamboo flutes. A graduate of The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, she was the 2001 Hartt Alumna of the Year for her "musical achievement and artistic inspiration." She's performed and recorded with numerous Jazz VIPs at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in the USA, and major jazz festivals abroad including Pori, Montreux, North Sea, Ottawa, Montreal and Nice.

Su has performed as a jazz soloist with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York Pops, the Hartford Symphony, the Florida Pops, and many more ensembles and big bands. As an educator, she is the author of the acclaimed book Practice Like The Pros and other instruction books, as well as fiction and non-fiction titles. Her discography contains over fifty recordings, including four as leader and three as co-leader. In the press, she's been hailed as "simply extraordinary" (Die Wahrheit, Berlin Germany); a "Superwoman of Jazz" (Hartford Courant); "especially compelling" (National Public Radio) and a "forward voice in modern music" (Saxophone Journal). "If Kerouac were alive he'd write about her," says poet Michael J. Wetmore.

When Su is not practicing music she's practicing martial arts, in which she is an 8-time USKSF championship tournament gold medalist in taijiquan.

More about Su Terry can be found in the books Reed All About It by Bob Bernotas, and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse, where her photo is on the book jacket. When not touring, she divides her time between the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and the Andes Mountains of Ecuador.  Her website is where you can find music, video, articles, reviews, photos, a guestbook and much more. 

In addition to endorsing Légère Reeds Ltd., Su Terry is also a Yamaha Saxophone Artist.


Soprano Saxophones: Yamaha 82Z silver-plated, Yamaha 61. Mouthpieces: Jody Jazz DV 6 and 7, Lamberson F Maj. 7
Clarinets: Buffet R13, Ridenour Lyrique, King Cleveland metal.  Mouthpieces: Clark Fobes San Francisco C+.  Backun cocobolo barrels.


“The Source”
“Fun With Clarinets” 
“Make Your Own Scales”
“Completely Improvised Saxophone Quartet”