Terry Cade, “a true jazz vocalist” (Toronto Star), was born and raised in Toronto and made her lifetime commitment to a singing career at a very young age and has since built a career as a respected musician, composer, and educator.

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 Anne Marie Moss, Meredith D’Ambrosio and the late jazz great, Fred Stone. In addition to leading Vocal Jazz Master Classes and private instruction, she is a specialist in Primary Music Education pedagogies including Orff and Kodaly. Cade won The Factor Award for New Talent and has been awarded the esteemed honor of The Canada Council Award for the Arts.

Cade’s most potent jazz influences are Betty Carter for her “reinvention “of the song form, and the more traditional offerings of Shirley Horn. She is inspired by the improvisational genius of jazz icons Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. Cade has developed an outstanding ear, honed her vocal acumen into a new realm of instrumentation and she is “always ready, willing, and able to take the risk of bravely applying{her} artistry.”. (All Music Guide)

In her first CD entitled “Sometimes I’m Happy”, Cade exhibits impeccable vocal skill and a vast emotional range in her arrangements. She dances with breezy confidence through the title track “Sometimes I’m Happy” and evokes tears in her own riveting and poignant ballad written for her father, “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”, the listener experiences the angst and despair of love lost in the subtle and restrained textures of Cade’s vocal.

On this CD Cade’s rhythm section provide eloquent counterpoint to her instrument and her arrangements. On this recording she is 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/producer, Jonathan Goldsmith.

Cade’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, she shares a composer’s “voice” that is uniquely hers. Complex and layered, Cade offers an original approach to composition 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).

Cade has performed throughout Canada and the United States and was a featured performer at The Texaco New York Jazz Festival, “Women in Jazz” series.

Cade divides her time between Toronto and New York City.