Raised in the Bay area, Steve Turre got his first big break in 1972 getting hired by Ray Charles. The legendary musician later appeared on Mr. Turre’s album “In the Spur of the Moment”. A year later trumpeter Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Since then Mr. Turre’s resume reads as a who’s who of jazz and pop music—from Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Cedar Walton, Regina Carter, James Moody, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Max Roach, Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, to Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Chucho Valdes, Poncho Sanchez, to Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, Mariah Carey, Lou Rowles, Paul Simon, Joe Pesci and countless others.
He has won the critics’ and readers’ polls in JAZZIZ, JazzTimes, and Downbeat magazines numerous times, including the most recent polls in 2015. He has appeared at virtually all major concert venues around the world, and he was the opener of the star-studded International Jazz Day celebration in 2014 in Japan. Mr. Turre taught for two decades at the Manhattan School of Music and currently teaches at Julliard.
Steve Turre performs at 8pm on Monday August 10th at Jimmy Mak’s located at 221 NW 10th Ave. Joining Mr. Turre are some of Portland's finest musicians-- pianist George Colligan (also a 2015 DownBeat Critics Poll winner in the Rising Star Pianist category), Chuck Israels on bass (who will celebrate his 79th birthday that day), and drummer Charlie Doggett. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $23 for reserved seating.
Steve Turre's mind-blowing performance on shells with the Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Orchestra
Steve Turre with an all-star group on 2014 International Jazz Day in Japan
Steve Turre and Roy Hargrove with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band
Steve Turre with Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Ed Calle