alto and baritone saxophone composer • educator

A native of Montreal, Dave Turner has been a mainstay of the city’s jazz scene since the mid 1970’s. As well as leading and recording with his own groups, and playing with numerous groups throughout Canada and Europe as a sideman, he is also featured as the lead alto player for the Vic Vogel Big Band, of which he's been a member since 1979.

Dave Turner & Earthtones

 

Dave Turner & Earthtones

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Dave Turner – baritone sax     Dave Grott – trombone    Vanessa Rodrigues – Hammond B3

Kenny Bibace – guitar     Jim Hillman – drums

 


Dave Turner Quartet with Nelson Symonds

 

Dave Turner Quartet: Thank You For Your Hospitality

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Dave Turner Thank you for your Hospitality

Dave Turner – alto sax     Nelson Symonds – guitar

Dave Gelfand – bass    Claude Lavergne – drums

 

Dave Turner Quartet: The Pulse Brothers

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Dave Turner Pulse Brothers with Nelson Symonds

Dave Turner – alto sax     Nelson Symonds – guitar

Dave Gelfand – bass    Claude Lavergne – drums

 

 


 

Dave Turner Quartet

Dave Turner Quartet: The Year of the Tiger

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Dave Turner Year of the Tiger

Dave Turner – alto sax     Jean Beaudet – piano

Steve Wallace – bass     Barry Elmes – drums

 

 

Dave Turner Quartet: Café Alto

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Dave Turner Cafe Alto

Dave Turner – alto sax     André White – piano

Michel Donato – bass    Jacques Masson/Peter Magadini- drums

 

 

 

Dave Turner Quartet: For the Kindness of Strangers

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Dave Turner – alto sax     Ronnie Mathews – piano

Dave Young – bass    Terry Clarke – drums

 


 

Dave Turner Latin Sextet

 

Dave Turner Latin Sextet: Samba d’Athena

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Dave Turner Samba dAthena

Dave Turner – alto sax     Aron Doyle – trumpet    Tilden Webb – piano

Fraser Hollins – bass     Claude Lavergne – drums    Lazaro Rene – percussion

 

 


 

Dave Turner & Wray Downes

 

Dave Turner & Wray Downes: Last Call at Café Alto

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Dave Turner Last Call at Cafe Alto

Dave Turner – alto sax     Wray Downes- piano

 


Guido Basso & Dave Turner

 

Guido Basso & Dave Turner: Midnight Martini

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Dave Turner – alto sax     Guido Basso – flugelhorn     Roddy Elias – guitars

Fraser Hollins – bass     Claude Lavergne – drums

 

 

Guido Basso & Dave Turner: Dedications

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Dave Turner Guido Basso Dedications

Dave Turner – alto sax     Guido Basso – flugelhorn     Eric Harding – piano

Roddy Elias – guitars     Fraser Hollins – bass     Claude Lavergne – drums

A native of Montreal, alto/baritone saxophonist & composer Dave Turner has been a mainstay of the city’s jazz scene since the mid 1970’s. During this time, he has performed extensively with his own groups around the Montreal area, and has been a featured performer at every major Jazz festival in Canada. He has also performed at many prominent clubs on the international jazz scene–Top of the Senator (Toronto), Sweet Basil (New York), Le lion s’envole (Liege) and l’Archiduc header(Brussels), Dizzy’s (Rotterdam), Café Alto (Amsterdam).

Dave Turner has been a featured soloist and lead alto saxophonist with the Vic Vogel Big Band since 1979. He has also collaborated with the Orchestre Metropolitain (conducted by Agnes Grossman), the National Arts Center Orchestra (conducted by David Amram) and, in 1999, he performed and recorded with the European Broadcast Union Orchestra in a series of concerts celebrating the centennial of the birth of Duke Ellington.

In 1996, Dave Turner was honoured as “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by Jazz Report magazine. A prolific recording artist, he has released a total of ten albums under his own name, each one receiving wide critical acclaim across Canada, the U.S., and Europe. “Café Alto”, recorded in 1987, was nominated for a Juno.

In 1995, he was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from Concordia University for his work in the Jazz Studies program, of which he has been an involved faculty member since 1982.

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Guido Basso & Dave Turner

The Long Goodbye

from the album Midnight Martini available for purchase on amazon.ca

 

 

 

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Dave Turner & Earthtones

Fortitude and Self-Denial

from the album Earthtones available for purchase through Elephant Records

 

 

 

Dave Turner Thank you for your Hospitality

 

Dave Turner Quartet with Nelson Symonds

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

from the album Thank You For Your Hospitality available for purchase through Artist Direct

 

 

 

Dave Turner Pulse Brothers with Nelson Symonds

 

 

Dave Turner Quartet with Nelson Symonds

Black Orpheus

from the album Pulse Brothers available for purchase through Artist Direct


“…his music has a way of touching and gently agitating your sublime passions” – Paul B. Matthews, Cadence, New York

 

“Cet homme discret est l’un des plus importants musiciens de la scène du jazz montréalaise qui, au fil du temps, a fait école.” – Christophe Rodriguez, Journal de Montreal

 

“Turner’s bracing sax sound and seamless flow of elongated lines underscoring his facility with the essentials of hard bop. This is art of the highest order. Don’t miss out.” – Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

 

“…le chant de son saxophone nous a tous subjugués. Nous allons persuader tous ceux qui n’étaient pas là de se précipiter à ton prochain concert chez nous, Dave. What a thrill!” Jazz in Time, Belgium

 

“…he is one hot alto player!” – Mel Martin, Saxophone Journal

 

“Mon top 3″ du FIJM 2007

  1. Van Morrison
  2. Cinematic Orchestra
  3. Dave Turner & Earthtones

– Daniel Lemay, Le Devoir