As is the case with many extraordinary musicians, Demetrius DJ Turner began his journey into the music world at an early age. As a present for his 10th birthday, DJ received his first saxophone from his grandfather, Vewiser J. Turner Sr., himself a saxophonist, flutist, and a top musician in the Houston, Texas area.
This gift was of particular significance to Turner, because his beloved grandfather had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. So, unlike many birthday gifts, DJ's sax did not end up in the hall closet gathering dust. Instead, Turner obviously immersed himself in learning to play his new instrument, because just 3 years later he would perform in front of a crowd of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden. It was the opening game of the season for the New York Knicks basketball team and part of the pre-game entertainment was a children's talent contest. At age 13, in front of this large crowd that could have intimidated even many professional musicians, DJ exuded the confidence that continues to characterize his performances and won 1st Place.
I loved the music, Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, Obama for America, February, 2008
The most sought after young jazz entertainer in the Delaware Valley, The National Organzation for the Arts, Delaware Chapter Young Artist Showcase, April, 2007
Unbelievably skilled, Kennett Square Magazine, April, 2007
An up and coming jazz musician, Cameron Jazz Journals #35, March, 2004
A wonderful talent, Dr. Faye Motivational Hour, Comcast Television Philadelphia, PA July, 2007
A gifted musician, Front Royal, VA, Rotary Club, October, 2007
This young man has some serious innate talent, Delaware News Journal, August,2006