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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VIJAY IYER SOLO
GENNAIO

GIOVANNI GUIDI PIANO SOLO
GENNAIO/FEBBRAIO

MICHEL PORTAL & LOUIS SCLAVIS DUO
GENNAIO/FEBBRAIO

JOHN SCOFIELD SOLO
GENNAIO/FEBBRAIO

QUINTORIGO
FEBBRAIO

RALPH TOWNER SOLO
FEBBRAIO

RALPH TOWNER SOLO
FEBBRAIO

Avishai Cohen Quartet
FEBBRAIO

ENRICO RAVA - JOE LOVANO 5ET
MARZO

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

ANAT COHEN TENTET
MARZO

CHRIS POTTER TRIO feat. Bill Frisell
MARZO

VIJAY IYER & GRAIG TABORN
MARZO

GIANLUCA PETRELLA & PASQUALE MIRRA
MARZO

CHRIS POTTER TRIO feat. Bill Frisell
MARZO

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
MARZO/APRILE

EMILE PARISIEN / VINCENT PEIRANI DUO
MARZO/APRILE

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
APRILE

RAVA SPECIAL EDITION
APRILE

LOUIS SCLAVIS & VINCENT COURTOIS DUO
APRILE/MAGGIO

FRED HERSCH TRIO
APRILE/MAGGIO

BILL FRISELL TRIO
APRILE/MAGGIO

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
APRILE/MAGGIO

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
APRILE/MAGGIO

BILL FRISELL TRIO
APRILE/MAGGIO

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
MAGGIO

JULIAN LAGE TRIO
MAGGIO

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
MAGGIO

JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO
MAGGIO/GIUGNO

RALPH TOWNER SOLO
GIUGNO

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
LUGLIO

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
LUGLIO

GIANLUCA PETRELLA & PASQUALE MIRRA
LUGLIO

FRANCESCO BEARZATTI TINISSIMA QUARTET
LUGLIO

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

JULIAN LAGE TRIO
LUGLIO

BOSSO, BEARZATTI, GUIDI - BROTHERHOOD
LUGLIO

GIOVANNI GUIDI PIANO SOLO
SETTEMBRE

GIANLUCA PETRELLA & PASQUALE MIRRA
SETTEMBRE

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE 4ET
SETTEMBRE

BILL FRISELL TRIO
SETTEMBRE/OTTOBRE

EMILE PARISIEN / VINCENT PEIRANI DUO
OTTOBRE

ANAT COHEN TENTET
OTTOBRE/NOVEMBRE

MARK GUILIANA "BEAT MUSIC"
OTTOBRE/NOVEMBRE

AVISHAI COHEN "BIG VICIOUS"
OTTOBRE/NOVEMBRE

FRANCESCO BEARZATTI TINISSIMA QUARTET
NOVEMBRE

"DEAR GATO" Tribute to Gato Barbieri
NOVEMBRE

CARLA BLEY "TRIOS"
NOVEMBRE

URI CAINE TRIO
NOVEMBRE

FRED HERSCH TRIO
NOVEMBRE

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS
NOVEMBRE/DICEMBRE

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