All About Jazz is celebrating Stanley Turrentine's birthday today!
Stanley William Turrentine was one of the most distinctive tenor saxophonists in jazz. Known for his big, warm, sound, The Sugar Man" or the original Mr. T" found inspiration in the blues and turned it into a hugely successful career with a #1 hit and four Grammy nominations — first in R&B and then in jazz.
Born on April 5, 1934 in Pittsburgh, a city that has produced more than its share of jazz masters, Turrentine hailed from a musical family. His saxophone-playing father was a big influence, as was his stride piano-playing mother and older brother, the late trumpeter Tommy Turrentine.
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