Stanley Turrentine's tenor saxophone


Senator John Heinz History Center

Senator John Heinz History Center

Born in Pittsburgh in 1934, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine grew up surrounded by music. His father played the saxophone and became his first teacher, his mother’s stride piano gave him an early education in the blues. Older brother Tommy, a trumpeter, offered him his first job at age 16, they would collaborate throughout their careers. Turrentine’s distinctive sound earned him four Grammy nominations and a number of hit songs. He played the blues, bop, fusion, jazz, soul, and R&B and recorded with several labels including Blue Note, CTI, Elektra, and Tamla. Some of Turrentine’s noted albums are Z. T.’s Blues (1961), Sugar (1970), Pieces of Dreams (1974), Wonderland (1987), and T-Time (1995).

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  • Title: Stanley Turrentine's tenor saxophone
  • Date Created: 1990
  • Subject Keywords: Music
  • Type: Artifact
  • Original Source: Gift of The Music Group, Inc.
  • Object ID: 2003.87.1