Night Live Trombonist
Highlights Jazz Festival
Turre, a trombonist/seashellist and longtime Saturday Night
Live band member, will be the featured performer and clinician
at the 9th Annual NMU Jazz Festival. Turre
will play with the NMU Jazz Band in a concert scheduled for 7:30
p.m. Friday, April 22, in Kaufman Auditorium. He will also give
a free clinic at 3:30 that afternoon in Reynolds Recital Hall in
C.B. Hedgcock. The public is invited to attend both events.
tickets are $1 for NMU students, $3 for other students, and $7 for
the general public. They can be purchased at all NMU outlets or
online at EZ Tickets.
has consistently won both the readers’ and critics’ polls in JazzTimes,
Downbeat and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for
Best Miscellaneous Instrument (seashells). His musical career took
off in 1972 when Ray Charles hired him to go on tour. The following
year, he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He has played with
a diverse list of musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, J. J. Johnson,
Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente and Van Morrison. Turre has made numerous
recordings and led several of his own ensembles.
saw Steve perform at a concert in January," said Mark Flaherty,
NMU music professor and jazz band director. "He's a fantastic
musician – whether he's playing jazz on the trombone or Latin tunes
on conch shells. He will be a great asset to the festival. It's
always fun for the band to play with a guest artist of his caliber,
and both NMU and high school students will have an opportunity to
learn from one of the best during his clinic. "
said an estimated 250 high school students from the Upper Peninsula
and lower Michigan will attend the festival. It kicks off Thursday,
April 21, with an 8 p.m. concert in Reynolds Recital Hall featuring
the "NMU Faculty and Friends Combo." It is comprised of
festival clinicians and adjudicators including NMU faculty members
Flaherty, Stephen Grugin and James A. Strain
and Steve Leuthold; jazz trumpeter Kelly Rossum
of Minneapolis; bass and guitar player Dave Ziegner of Marquette;
bassist Tom Bronken; vocalist Kirsten Gustafson; and Mike Irish,
director of jazz studies at Michigan Tech University.
will be held on Friday as will performances by high school jazz
bands. Different groups will be featured every 45 minutes from 8
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Reynolds Recital Hall. The public is welcome
to sit in and listen.