Stanley Turrentine

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Date of Birth April 5, 1934
Place of Birth Pennsylvania
Date of Death Sep 12, 2000 (66)
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Stanley Turrentine

Stanley William Turrentine was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He began his career playing R&B for Earl Bostic and later soul jazz recording for the Blue Note label from 1960, touched on jazz fusion during a stint on CTI in the 1970s. He was described by critic Steve Huey as "renowned for his distinctively thick, rippling tone [and] earthy grounding in the blues." Turrentine was married to organist Shirley Scott in the 1960s, with whom he frequently recorded, and was the younger brother of trumpeter Tommy Turrentine.

Born: April 5, 1934, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: September 12, 2000, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, soul jazz
Occupation(s): Musician
Instruments: Tenor saxophone
Years active: 1959–2000
Labels: Blue Note, Fantasy, CTI, Prestige, Impulse, MusicMasters
Associated acts: Shirley Scott, Tommy Turrentine, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Kei Akagi

About Stanley Turrentine

Nicknamed Mr. T and The Sugar Man, Turrentine was jazz tenor saxophonist who recorded more than sixty albums over the course of his life.

Before Fame

He played with many blues and R&B groups before working with Max Roach's band.


He explored jazz fusion as a genre in the mid-1970s and recorded with CTI, releasing a wildly popular album called Sugar.

Family Life

He married an organist named Shirley Scott in 1960 and they divorced about a decade later.


He collaborated with George Benson during his jazz fusion days at CTI.

Information related to Stanley Turrentine

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  • Jazz fusion saxophonists
  • Soul-jazz saxophonists
  • Fantasy Records artists
  • Impulse! Records artists
  • Hard bop saxophonists
  • American jazz tenor saxophonists
  • Burials at Allegheny Cemetery
  • Blue Note Records artists
  • Musicians from Pittsburgh
  • 20th-century saxophonists
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