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Sweet Sue Terry

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'Sweet' Sue Terry, saxophonist and clarinetist, is an internationally known soloist and recording artist. She's also the author of several music instruction books including the acclaimed "Practice Like The Pros." Her discography contains over forty recordings. 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). "If Kerouac were alive he'd write about her," says poet Michael J. Wetmore.

Her recent non-fiction title "Greatest Hits of The Blog That Ate Brooklyn: Inside the Mind of a Musician" is receiving 5 star reviews on Amazon.

When Sweet Sue is not playing music or writing, she's practicing martial arts, in which she is a 7-time USKSF tournament gold medalist in taijiquan.

Sweet Sue travels frequently to South America, where she is the Artist in Residence at the Jazz Society of Ecuador. In 2014 she collaborated with American film directory Ashley Rogers and Venezuelan cinematographer Hernan Salcedo to make a 9-minute documentary short titled The Source. Written and narrated by Sue, the film contains compelling—and controversial—advice for artists of all stripes. The film also features stunning visuals of the Andes, and live music scenes featuring some of Ecuador's up and coming musicians. It can be viewed on YouTube:

Please scroll to the bottom to see viewer comments on The Source.

More info, including free articles, audio, video and photos, is available on her website at

Sue Terry is a Yamaha Artist.


Sue at COTA live:

Five Minute Jazz Lessons:

Why Your Music Is Important:

Reality Sax--Saxophone Lesson Filmed Live:


NPR 1/2 hour feature with Sue on ArtScene with Erika Funke, WVIA FM


"This is beyond fantastic. . . I plan on passing this around b/c it's the most well rounded short I've seen in a long time if, art, nature, spiritual philosophy and the timelessness of age."--Michelle Burdiak

"The sounds, the words, the visual beauty- all add up to an extraordinary piece of art. Congratulations to Sue and all the others involved in this project." --Ruth Ahlers

"The magnificent jazz musician Sue Terry in a short film about life, seeking center, art, music and being yourself. I feel better listening to her voice and music and her meditation here. Thank you Sweet Sue..." --Thomas Anderson

"Nine minutes of pure truth about art. It’s put together in such a clear, beautiful way. This is pure spirit and immortality." --Peter Rutkowski

"Great music, scenery, words of wisdom and universal knowledge, etc." --Virgilio De La Piedra

"A truly mesmerizing documentary about creating art, being yourself and finding the source. . . so simple and so elegant. the source of true oneness with the world and oneself." --Larry Geiger

"It creates the space it describes with a big embrace, but without cliche or sentimentality. The final vocal is deeply moving. What a fine road you've traveled." --Paul Pines

"She is a very grounded and tranquil spirit with lots to share about life, music, meditation, tai chi energy and what a funny bunny. I count myself very fortunate to know her and to have been invited to be part of her recent film project. Very nicely filmed by some great people. Producer Ashley Rogers is another very evolved person. Sue talks essentials. I learned a lot from her. She's a great friend. Much gratitude." - -Bob Albanese

"You’re always pushing the boundaries of your craft and life experiences, I think you’ve discovered the fountain of youth." --Walter Bredel

"I really appreciate what you said about art having to have something universal in it, as well as all the other wisdom you shared." --Cindy Swanson

"Wonderful work here, it has a universal appeal that goes beyond Jazz." --Bret Primack (aka "Jazz Video Guy")

"This video is so great. It serves as a representation of the spirit of art. Look how she blends music, poetry, prose, colors, motion and nature as the backdrop for her personal message about art. I feel like each of us can try any one of Sue's example art forms, and then we can tap into the same spirit of art she is talking about. I love the contrast of imagery between nature and the big city. It all comes from one origin, The Source." --Rick Yoder