Biography: George Turner Band
The GEORGE TURNER BAND is available as an instrumental trio, quartet or quintet. George's stellar guitar work livens up jazz and swing classics, latin jazz, and funky R&B favorites.
George Turner's jazz guitar playing offers up mellifluous round tones, influenced by the masters of the archtop jazz guitar such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Grant Green. In Turner's hands, these influences, as well as his own deep musical sensibilities, are woven together to produce a rich personal sound.
Since moving back to Charlottesville in 1995, Turner has formed The GEORGE TURNER BAND consisting of drums, bass and Turner's own inventive jazz guitar. Often, Turner invites a funky organist or a sophisticated jazz pianist into the mix of The GEORGE TURNER BAND, producing intriguing variety and intensity in the performances. Turner has been an active member of the area jazz scene, and the trio has played extensively throughout the state of Virginia for clubs, restaurants, and private functions, and as far away as New York City and Cape Cod, MA. The George Turner Trio is a versatile ensemble, drawing material from a variety of styles, ranging from traditional to modern jazz, as well as latin, soul, and funk and rhythm and blues influences. The GEORGE TURNER BAND plays refreshing, intriguing interpretations of a wide range of jazz standards as well as Turner's original compositions, featured on his newly released CD, "Slip, Don't Fall." Individually, Turner has played with many top regionally and nationally known jazz musicians including trumpeter John D'earth, saxophonists, Bobby Read, Jeff Decker, and Chip McNeil, drummers Robert Jospe and Aaron Binder, pianist and organist George Melvin, and jazz guitar veteran Royce Campbell.
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