The Steve Turre Rahsaan Roland Kirk Birthday Celebration Band with special guest James Carter
Saturday • 6:45pm • JPMORGAN CHASE MAIN STAGE
Steve Turre occupies a unique patch of real estate in Jazz as a virtuoso trombonist with a specialty niche in playing and making sea shells, and as a composer, arranger, bandleader and educator, who straddles the perceived boundaries of Jazz, big band, Latin Jazz, avante-garde and R&B/funk. As a session player, Turre has held down the “bone” chair in the Saturday Night Live band for three decades. Turre has released 18 albums as a leader, his latest Spiritman (Smoke Sessions Records). Turre organically earned his reputation as a musician of the highest order with a humble, purposed soul akin to an artisan master. Turre has been the recipient of a prestigious Jazz Journalist Award, and has been a near-perennial winner of the JazzTimes critics' and readers' polls, DownBeat and Jazziz magazines for "Best Trombone" and "Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist."
“I’ve always felt that music is about giving,” Turre states in explanation of his Spiritman concept and his philosophy of music in general. “You give of your life force through your instrument to create a vibration that can heal. In that sense, a musician is like a doctor: the more you give of yourself, the better you can make people feel. Within every culture music is a vital part of people’s nature . . . yet each culture is different. Jazz brings a lot of those elements together, drawing from many sources. It’s the first world music.”
- Xavier Davis, James Carter, Vincent Herring, Gerald Cannon, Dion Parsons