Mike Turk jazz harmonica

Mike Turk jazz harmonica

BandJazzBlues

Influenced by greats like...Toots Thielemans, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderly, Bill Evans, Lucky Thompson, Wes Montgomery, Red Garland, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan,Jerry Bergonzi...this Quintet sounds like...Toots meets Milt Jackson & Buddy Rich at George Shearing’s house!

Biography

Bronx-born Turk began his passion for the harmonica in his early teen years, learning licks off albums by leading Chicago blues harp exponents Paul Butterfield, Little Walter, and James Cotton. After deciding to take up the life of a professional jazz-and-blues musician, he traveled to Boston in the mid-1970s and became a fixture at many local clubs.

Turk's first solo CD project, Harmonica Salad, was a brilliant travelogue of blues, jazz, standards, and several points in between, with scenery provided by a constantly changing cast of accompanists. Turk's Works is a more singleminded excursion in which Turk has set himself in the middle of a killer quintet and let the tape run. What we get is an inspired, exhilarating, and very live set of sterling jazz. No formulaic drill, no 'theme' concept passed down from the folks in Marketing, no sprint to the finish line."

Education being a lifelong process, Turk has continued to learn. He can now look back on nearly two decades of refining his jazz voice to a point where it is pure and natural. The blues roots are there... " What we get, though, is music where the ideas and the swing are unforced, where everything flows with such assurance that one forgets that Turk plays one of the jazz world's miscellaneous instruments and simply hears his harmonica as a lead voice, comfortable and in-place as the more familiar trumpet or sax."...Bob Blumenthal, Boston Phoenix

Venues can seek Grant Funding in the New England States for this group through:

NEFA
The NEFA Staff, 617-951-0010
info@nefa.org

Massachusetts Cultural Council
Eric D'Alessandro , 617-727-3668
eric.dalessandro@art.state.ma.us

TIN SANDWICH PRODUCTIONS
25 HIGHLAND AVE
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139
USA

617 868 1538

Discography

Mike's Recordings

· The Nature Of Things (2008) Tin Sandwich Records
· The Mouth That Roared (2007) Tin Sandwich Records

· A Little Taste of Cannonball (1999) Organic Music

· Turk's Works (1996) Tin Sandwich Records
· Harmonica Salad (1992) Tin Sandwich Records

Streaming examples at: www.tinsandwichmusic.com
- and- MySpace URL:
http://www.myspace.com/miketurkharmonicajazz

Set List

1- neptune ( a.fabbri)........original
2- Conception ( g. shearing)
3- Pavane ( g. faure)
4- Maxwell Street ( m.turk)....original
5-Callisto ( a.fabbri)..............original
6-Funk In Deep freeze ( h.mobley)
7-Up Jumped Spring (f. hubbard)
8-Tin Sandwich Swing (m.turk)...original

approx 75 minute sets

TIN SANDWICH PRODUCTIONS
25 HIGHLAND AVE
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139
USA

617 868 1538