Mark Turner

Biography

In a career that spans two decades and encompasses a broad array of musical ventures, saxophonist Mark Turner has emerged as a towering presence in the jazz community.  With a distinctive, personal tone, singular improvisational skills and an innovative, challenging compositional approach, he’s earned a far-reaching reputation as one of jazz’s most original and influential musical forces.


2013 finds Turner entering an exciting new creative phase, with his varied talents showcased on a variety of notable new recording projects.  Later this year, he’ll release his sixth album as a leader—his first under his own name in a dozen years.  He’s also featured on new or upcoming releases by pianist Stefano Bollani, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, pianist Baptiste Trotignon and the Billy Hart Quartet, of which Turner’s been a member for nearly a decade and with whom he recorded two previous albums.  He’s also continuing his work as a member of Fly, a collaborative trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.

Born in 1965 in Ohio and raised in Southern California, Turner grew up surrounded by music.  “There always was a lot of R&B and jazz and soul and gospel going on in the house all the time,” he recalls.  “This was in the early ’70s, when the whole integration and civil rights thing had begun to go mainstream, and my mother and stepfather were in the first wave of young black professionals and intellectuals who moved to upper-middle-class white neighborhoods.  They and their friends were always going out to see live jazz.  I was intrigued by that, and I was intrigued by the whole history of jazz music and African-American culture, as well as the music itself.  And my father, who died when I was one and a half, had played saxophone, so maybe I was looking for a connection with him too.”

Of his forthcoming album, a quartet effort with Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums, Turner notes, “I spent a lot of time on the compositions, which I usually do.  The blowing is important, but I don’t think about that when I’m writing.  I just write the tune, and then we see if we can improvise on it or not.  Some of the new tunes are long and kind of involved, and some of them are kind of my version of being pyrotechnical.  I just wanted to explore, and I wanted to be able to go in there with a band that would be flexible and have the craftsmanship and the foundation to play something difficult and still make it sound musical.”

 

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CRAIG TABORN PIANO SOLO
November 2018

ENRICO RAVA - DANILO REA DUO
NOVEMBRE

BILL FRISELL SOLO
NOVEMBRE

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
NOVEMBRE

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
GENNAIO

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE "ORIGAMI HARVEST"
FEBBRAIO

BILL FRISELL TRIO
FEBBRAIO 2019

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
FEBBRAIO 2019

DAVE DOUGLAS & URI CAINE DUO
FEBBRAIO 2019

JOHN SCOFIELD SOLO
FEBBRAIO

MICHEL PORTAL 4ET with SCLAVIS, HUMAIR, CHEVILLON
FEBBRAIO

QUINTORIGO
MARZO

DINOSAUR
MARZO

VIJAY IYER & GRAIG TABORN
MARZO 2019

JOHN SURMAN "INVISIBLE THREADS" with NELSON AYRES & ROB WARING
marzo

BOSSO, GUIDI - "NOT A WHAT"
MARZO

CHRIS POTTER TRIO
MARZO

Avishai Cohen Quartet
MARZO / APRILE 2019

ANAT COHEN TENTET
APRILE

STEVE LEHMAN TRIO
APRILE

RAVA SPECIAL EDITION
APRILE

GIOVANNI GUIDI "AVEC LE TEMPS" with BEARZATTI, CECCHETTO, LOBO, MORGAN
APRILE 2019

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
APRILE

Avishai Cohen Quartet
APRILE

RAVA & FRIENDS with MAKIKO HIRABAYASHI - JESPER BODILSEN - MORTEN LUND
MAGGIO

THE BAD PLUS
MAGGIO 2019

CARLA BLEY "TRIOS"
MAGGIO 2019

JOHN SCOFIELD "COMBO 66"
MAGGIO

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
MAGGIO

JULIAN LAGE TRIO
GIUGNO

ANAT COHEN & MARCELLO GONSALVES "Outra Coisa"
GIUGNO

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE "ORIGAMI HARVEST"
LUGLIO

DAVE DOUGLAS "ENACT"
LUGLIO

BILL FRISELL TRIO
LUGLIO

JOHN SURMAN "INVISIBLE THREADS" with NELSON AYRES & ROB WARING
LUGLIO

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
LUGLIO

RAVA SPECIAL EDITION
LUGLIO

CARLA BLEY "TRIOS"
SETTEMBRE

GIOVANNI GUIDI STRING 4ET
SETTEMBRE

BILL FRISELL "HARMONY"
OTTOBRE

BOSSO, GUIDI - "NOT A WHAT"
OTTOBRE

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
OTTOBRE

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
NOVEMBRE

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