Mark Turner (musician)

Mark Turner ( born November 10, 1965 in Fairborn / Ohio) is an American jazz saxophonist.

Life and work

Turner grew up in California; During his school years he played clarinet, later moving to the saxophone. He began studying Fine Arts at Long Beach State, but then switched to Berklee College of Music, where he completed the study in 1990.

He then moved to New York where he worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, with whom he had played during his years of study, also with James Moody, Jimmy Smith, Tana Reid, Ryan Kisor, Jonny King, Leon Parker and Joshua Redman. In 1994, he released his first album as a leader, others followed. Musically, he is in the traditions of John Coltrane and Warne Marsh. 2009 appeared on the ECM label, the album Sky & Country, which he has with the trio Fly, consisting of himself, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, recorded.


  • Yam Yam ( criss cross, 1994) with Seamus Blake, Larry Grenadier, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy
  • Consenting Adults ( Criss Cross, 1994) with Brad Mehldau, Peter Bernstein, Larry Grenadier
  • Mark Turner ( Warner Brothers, 1998) with Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Edward Simon, Christopher Thomas
  • In This World ( Warner, 1998) with Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy
  • Two Tenor Ballads ( Criss Cross, 2000) with Billy Drummond, Larry Grenadier, Kevin Hays, Tad Shull
  • Ballad Session ( Warner 2001) with Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier, Kevin Hays, Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Dharma Days with Reid Anderson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nasheet Waits, 2001