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Stanley Turrentine’s birthday

Stanley Turrentine’s birthday

Stanley Turrentine’s birthday

Originally shared by Dennis Healy

Stanley Turrentine – Sugar (Live on Sunday Night w/ David Sanborn 1989).. In memory on his birthday Stanley William Turrentine (April 5, 1934 – September 12, 2000) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Turrentine received his only formal musical training during his military stint in the mid-’50s. He married the organist Shirley Scott in 1960 and the two frequently played and recorded together. In the 1960s, he started working with organist Jimmy Smith, and made many soul jazz recordings both with Smith and as a leader.

In the 1970s, after his professional split and divorce from Scott, Turrentine turned to jazz fusion and signed for Creed Taylor’s CTI label. His first album for CTI, Sugar proved one of his biggest successes and a seminal recording for the label. He worked with Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Richard Tee, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, Grant Green and Eric Gale, to name a few. He returned to soul jazz in the 1980s and into the 1990s.

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