Renowned trombonist Steve Turre performs with Fairfield University's Jazz Ensemble


Image: Steve TurreThe Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble, featuring stylized trombonist Steve Turre, will perform at the Wien Experimental Theatre in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Considered one of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, Turre has won both readers' and critics' polls in Jazz Times, Down Beat and Jazziz magazines for Best Trombone and Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells).

Well known for adding the conch shell to the jazz lexicon, Turre also uses other shells in his music, creating a robust sound that can be both eerie and serene. With his strong style and soulful tone, Turre may be the leading trombonist of his generation, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

In his bandleader recording career, Turre has taken the straight-ahead path, veered into the funky and out zones, gone the Latin and Brazilian route and delved into the shell choir world. He's made several excellent discs featuring organically conceived and tastefully rendered genre jumps from his 1991 Antilles debut, Right There, to his final Verve offerings, including the 1997 self-titled gem and last year's, Lotus Flower.

Turre was born in 1948 to Mexican-American parents in Omaha, Nebraska and soon after moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he grew up. He began his musical career with the violin, but switched to the trombone when he was ten-years-old. By age 13, Turre was performing gigs and his career really picked up speed when he went on tour with Ray Charles. From that moment on, Turre was a committed trombonist, looking to play in diverse settings and enrich both himself and his audience.

For the first time, Steve Turre will perform with Brian Torff and the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students. For more information, please call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may visit the Quick Center web-site at www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 1, 2001

Vol. 34, No. 96