Tuesday, February 23, 2021

HBG Jazz Presents: Steve Turre: From Rahsaan Roland Kirk to McCoy Tyner, Sun., Feb. 28 

Steve Turre: From Rahsaan Roland Kirk to McCoy Tyner

Sunday, February 28, 8 pm - 10 pm (EST)

With special guests
James Carter and Todd Barkan, 
hosted by Marcus Shelby

In his Zoom Presentation and Discussion trombonist, "seashellist," composer, and educator Steve Turre will curate music and discuss his long illustrious career touring with many of the most notable musicians in the history of Jazz.

World-renowned tenor saxophone master James Carter and historic club owner and impresario Todd Barkan of the famed Keystone Korner will be special guests.

Steve will share rare video footage of performances he did with legendary artists such as Ray Charles, Woody Shaw, Lester Bowie, and others and share personal incites into the music in dialogue with James Carter and Mr. Barkan—three of the most brilliant minds in music. Steve will also talk about his 40 plus years as a band member of the long-time running television comedy show Saturday Night Live.

In 1972 Steve Turre’s long stellar career accelerated 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. Soon after that, 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. Steve spent many years with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and continues to maintain the legacy of his music through annual concert performances called Rahsaan-a-thons. He will discuss his music in detail and play recordings of years touring with Kirk.

Healdsburg Jazz's Artistic Director Marcus Shelby will host this event.