Art Meets Jazz is back at MAM!
MAM's 2nd Annual Art Meets Jazz returns with the Steve Turre Quintet Presented in partnership with MAM's African American Cultural Committee
Born to Mexican-American parents, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where he absorbed a wide array of sounds including daily doses of mariachi, blues, and jazz. That background would turn out to be influential for his career that has included collaborations with Ray Charles, Art Blakely's Jazz Messengers, and the Escovedo Brothers, and a spot in the house band for Saturday Night Live since 1984.
Turre has a strong command of all musical genres and when it comes to his distinct brand of jazz, he always keeps one foot in the past and one in the future.
MAM After Hours: Art Meets Jazz
An Evening with the Steve Turre Quintet
March 7, 7 p.m.
$20 Members / $25 Nonmembers
Tickets are on sale now: https://secure.montclairartmuseum.org/
ABOUT STEVE TURRE
While attending Sacramento State University, Turre joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre. In 1972 Steve Turre's career picked up momentum when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. A year later Turre's mentor Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After his tenure with Blakey, Turre went on to work with a diverse list of musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The latter introduced him to the seashell as an instrument. While touring in Mexico City with Woody Shaw, Turre's relatives informed him that his ancestors similarly played the shells. Since then, Turre has incorporated seashells into his diverse musical style.
In addition to performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, Turre leads several different ensembles. Sanctified Shells utilizes the seashell in a larger context, transforming his horn section into a "shell choir". Turre's Spring 1999 Verve release, Lotus Flower, showcases his Sextet With Strings. The recording explores many great standards and original compositions arranged by Turre fora unique instrumentation of trombone and shells, violin, cello, piano, bass and drums. Turre's quartet and quintet provide a setting based in tradition and stretching the limits conceptually and stylistically. In the Summer of 2000, Telarc released In The Spur of the Moment. This recording features Steve with three different quartets, each with a different and distinct master pianist: Ray Charles, Chucho Valdes, and Stephen Scott.
Turre's self-titled Verve release pioneers a unique artistic vision, drawing upon jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian sources. This innovative recording also features Cassandra Wilson, Randy Brecker, Graciela, Mongo Santamaria, and J.J. Johnson. Previously Turre recorded Right There and Rhythm Within, featuring Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Pharoah Sanders, and Sanctified Shells, on Verve's subsidiary label, Antilles.
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