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Among the finest trombonists from the 1980s and ’90s, Steve Turre also introduced the conch shells to jazz. Following a short period on violin, he turned to trombone when he was ten. Turre proved helpful locally from age group 13, used Rahsaan Roland Kirk on / off from 1968, documented with Santana in 1970, and in 1972 toured with Ray Charles. Turre got many different musical experiences within the ’70s including travels with Artwork Blakey’s Jazz Messengers as well as the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (both in 1973), a chance to play trombone and electrical bass frequently with Chico Hamilton (1974-1976), and documenting with Woody Shaw and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Kirk motivated Turre to try out spectacular shells, and his capability to obtain a wide variety of clear shades is quite amazing. After this time, Turre toured with McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton, Poncho Sanchez, Hilton Ruiz, and Tito Puente, amongst others. In 1987, he became a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s US Orchestra, and he also performed frequently with Lester Bowie’s Brass Illusion, the Leaders, as well as the Timeless All-Stars. Turre performed along with his Sanctified Shells (an organization offering four trombonists doubling on shells, trumpeter E.J. Allen, bass, drums, and many percussionists) on the 1995 Monterey Jazz Celebration and has documented as a head for Stash, Antilles, Verve, and Telarc. Rainbow People, documented in 2007 at Knoop Studios in NJ, made an appearance in 2008 from Highnote Information. Mouth watering and Delightful implemented this year 2010. In early 2012, Turre noticed his longstanding ambition to lower a tribute towards the past due Woody Shaw, whose street and recording rings he had used for eight years, from 1981-1989. The record, Woody’s Delight, highlighted the abilities of alternating trumpets players Wallace Roney, Jon Faddis, Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, and Claudio Roditi; in addition, it introduced a fresh star for the horn, 23-year-old Freddie Hendrix. In the summertime of 2013, Turre released The Bone fragments of Artwork, an record that showcased a multi-trombone frontline made up of himself, Frank Lacy, Robin Eubanks, and Steve Davis.

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Full Name Steve Turre
Profession Actor, Teacher, Music Arranger, Trombonist
Education California State University, Sacramento
Nationality American
Spouse Akua Dixon, Susan J. Beard
Parents Carmen Marie Turre, James Boles Turre
Siblings Michele Anita Turre, Michael James Turre, Peter Joseph Turre
Music Groups Mingus Big Band
Music Songs Sanctified Shells, The Spirits Up Above, Rhythm Within, Spirit Man, Rainbow People, Trayvon's Blues, Nangadef, Taylor Made, Montuno Caracol, Funky Thing, Ray's Collard Greens, Joco Blue, Brother Ray, With a Song in My Heart, Spiritman - All Blues, The Organ Grinder, Funky -T, Lover Man, Chairman Of The Board, All Blues, Descarga Ahora, Blackfoot, The Inflated Tear, Ellington Medley: Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me / Five O'Clock Drag, Steve’s Blues, The Lotus Flower, Passion For Peace, Sposin', The Fragrance Of Love, Slide's Ride, Settegast Strut, It's Too Late Now
Albums Spiritman, Rhythm Within, Rainbow People, In The Spur Of The Moment, Gunslinging Birds, The Bones Of Art, Sanctified Shells, Colors for the Masters, Woody's Delight, Dedication, Delicious And Delightful, Wish List, Steve Turre, Eddie Allen Quintet: Summer Days, Lotus Flower, One 4 J, Right There, Rejuvenate!, I Am Three
Movies Jam Miami: A Celebration of Latin Jazz, Man on the Moon, Anna Oz

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Saturday Night Live TV Series musician - 135 episodes, 1986 - 2016 arranger - 18 episodes, 1985 - 1986 musican - 1 episode, 2002
Goodnight, Sweet Prince 2016 TV Special musician: The Live Band
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special music: The Live Band
Saturday Night Live: Best of This Season 2014 TV Special musician: The Live Band
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary musician: The Live Band
Ed's Next Move 1996 musician: original score



Man on the Moon 1999 Saturday Night Live Band
Saturday Night Live 1986-1993 TV Series Bugle Player



A Cuban Legend 2001 Video documentary
Anna Oz 1996



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Musician
The Case of the Three Sided Dream 2014 Documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Himself
The Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live 1986 TV Series Himself - musician / Himself - Musician / Himself - trombone player

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