Mark Turner

Mark Turner

born on 10/11/1965 in Fairborn, OH, United States

Mark Turner (musician)

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Mark Turner (musician)

Mark Turner (born November 10, 1965) is an American jazz saxophonist.

He is considered one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of his generation.[1]


Born in Fairborn, Ohio, and raised in the small Southern California town of Palos Verdes, Turner originally intended to become a commercial artist. In elementary school he played the clarinet, followed by the alto and tenor saxophones in high school. He attended California State University, Long Beach in the 1980s (playing in the jazz ensembles) and then transferred to and graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1990 before moving to New York. Turner worked at Tower Records in New York City for an extended period before working full-time as a jazz musician.[2] Turner performed extensively with pianist Brad Mehldau during the 1990s.

In early November 2008 Turner injured two fingers on one of his hands with a power saw, but as of late February 2009 he was performing again with the Edward Simon Quartet at the Village Vanguard.

Although Turner last released an album as a leader in 2001, he has an upcoming release scheduled for 2014 on ECM with his quartet featuring trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore.

Style and influences

Turner's sound is reminiscent of that of Warne Marsh. He also has elements of John Coltrane in his playing. Turner has mentioned both Marsh and Coltrane as influences, and has used elements of both players' styles in his music.[3] Turner's range extends into the high altissimo register. His improvised lines tend to be harmonically and rhythmically convoluted while maintaining melodic coherence. His compositions often make use of repeated patterns, odd-metered time signatures, intervallic leaps, and a selective use of space.[4]

Musical Associations

In addition to leading his own quartet with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore,[5] Turner is also a member of the trio Fly, which features himself, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Jeff Ballard.[6] Turner is a member of guitarist Gilad Hekselman's Quartet, and drummer Billy Hart's Quartet.[7] He has been featured extensively on records by guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, saxophonist David Binney, and pianist Aaron Goldberg, among others.[8]


As leader

  • Yam Yam (Criss-Cross, 1995) [1]
  • The Music of Mercedes Rossy (Fresh Sound, 1998) [2]
  • Mark Turner (Warner Bros., 1998)
  • In This World (Warner Bros., 1998)
  • Two Tenor Ballads (Criss Cross, 2000) [3]
  • Ballad Session (Warner Bros., 2000)
  • Dharma Days (Warner Bros., 2001)

Fly (band)

  • Fly (Savoy Jazz, 2004)
  • Sky & Country (ECM, 2009)
  • Year of the Snake (ECM, 2012)

As sideman

With Ryan Kisor

  • On the One (Columbia, 1993)

With Jonny King

  • In from the Cold (Criss Cross Jazz, 1994)

With Edward Simon

  • Edward Simon (Kokopeli, 1995)
  • La Bikina (Mythology, 1998)

With Aaron Goldberg

  • Turning Point (J Curve, 1999)
  • Home (Sunnyside, 2007)

With Jon Gordon

  • Witness (Criss Cross, 1996)
  • Along the Way (Criss Cross, 1997)
  • Possibilities (Double-Time, 2000)

With George Colligan

  • Newcomer (Steeplechase, 1997)
  • Unresolved (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1999)

With Seamus Blake

  • Four Track Mind (Criss Cross, 1997)

With Guillermo Klein

  • Minotauro (Candid, 1997)

With Chris Cheek

  • A Girl Named Joe (Fresh Sound New Talent, 1998)

With Lee Konitz

  • Paralells (Chesky, 2000)

With Joshua Redman

  • Beyond (Warner Bros, 2000)

With Matthias Lupri

  • Same Time Twice (Summit, 2002)
  • After Hours (Summit, 2010)

With Kurt Rosenwinkel

  • The Enemies of Energy (Verve, 2000)
  • The Next Step (Verve, 2001)
  • Heartcore (Verve, 2003)
  • The Remedy: Live at the Village Vanguard (ArtistShare, 2009)

With OAM Trio

  • OAM Trio & Mark Turner Live in Sevilla (Lola!, 2002)
  • Now and Here (Nuba, 2009)

With Jaleel Shaw

  • Perspective (Fresh Sound, 2004)

With Omer Avital

  • Asking No Permission (Smalls, 2006)
  • The Ancient Art of Giving (Smalls, 2006)

With Billy Hart

  • Quartet (High Note, 2006)
  • All Our Reasons (ECM, 2012) with Ethan Iverson & Ben Street
  • One Is The Other (ECM) with Iverson & Street

With David Binney

  • Cities and Desire (Criss Cross, 2006)
  • Barefooted Town (Criss Cross, 2011)

With Mikkel Ploug

  • Mikkel Ploug Group (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2007)
  • Harmoniehof (New Talent, 2008)

With Baptiste Trotignon

  • Share (Naïve, 2008)

With Enrico Rava

  • New York Days (ECM, 2009)

With Diego Barber

  • Calima (Sunnyside, 2009)

With Jochen Rueckert (Pirouet, 2011)

  • Someone Meeting Nobody

With Gilad Hekselman (2011-2013)

  • Hearts Wide Open
  • This Just In

With SF Jazz Collective (SFJAZZ, 2010-2011)

  • Music of Horace Silver
  • Music of Stevie Wonder


  1. Jarenwattananon, Patrick. Mark Turner Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard. Retrieved on 07 May 2014.
  2. Huey, Steve. Mark Turner Biography. All Music. Retrieved on 28 July 2013.
  3. Jazz Weekly magazine interview by Fred Jung
  4. Winters, Kelly. Mark Turner. musicianguide. Retrieved on 28 July 2013.
  5. Chinen, Nate. Follow the Leader; Hes Deep in the Pack Mark Turner Quartet at the Village Vanguard. New York Times. Retrieved on 28 July 2013.
  6. Collar, Matt. Fly. All Music. Retrieved on 28 July 2013.
  7. Jurek, Thom. All Our Reasons. All Music. Retrieved on 28 July 2013.
  8. Huey, Steve. Mark Turner. All Music. Retrieved on 28 July 2013.
  • Interview with Mark Turner, by Fred Jung [4]
  • Grove Dictionary of Music entry by Gary Kennedy (, accessed 3/14/07)
  • "Saxophonist Mark Turner's Stylistic Assimilation of Warne Marsh and the Tristano School," Master's Thesis by Jimmy Emerzian, California State University, Long Beach, 2008.



  • In This World [5]
  • Dharma Days [6]
  • Ballad Session [7]

G. Giddins: Turner Classic Moves, VV (14 April 1998), 118 G. M. Stern: Airtime: Mark Turner: You Dont Have to be Twenty Years Old to Succeed, Windplayer, no.58 (1998), 10

External links

  • Mark Turner discography at
  • Turner/Marsh Thesis download link at
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