Earl Turbinton - alto, soprano saxophone, educator
Earl Turbinton, the adventurous saxophonist who helped pioneer the modern jazz scene in New Orleans, followed an idiosyncratic path in music. A jazz master, he could take an audience along on his musical journey, altering consciousness at will with playing that was both spiritual and passionate.
Earl Turbinton grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Turbinton's musical training was with bandleader and educator, Clyde Kerr, Sr., who had an enormous influence on the New Orleans music scene. He continued his musical education and studied jazz with clarinetist Alvin Batiste at Southern University.