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.
My Blue Note Obsession
Wide Open Jazz and Beyond
Journey into Jazz
Read more articles