KYLE TURNER - Regina Belle
I love this mouthpiece! The DURGA Tenor gives me the power I need when playing in an electronic situation but does not sacrifice the warmth I need when playing in intimate acoustic situations that require warmth and body! As a saxophonist the search for the right mouthpiece can be a exhausting search! However I can honestly say my search is over! The Wanne mouthpiece has been the answer to every need that I look for in a mouthpiece! This mouthpiece gives me the edge and power I need to to play with electronics without sacrificing the warmth, body and full sound that I need in acoustic situations! Thanks Theo for making such a great mouthpiece!
Kyle Turner is a creative and innovative artist that has warmed the hearts of many with the sultry musical notes birthed from his instrument, the saxophone! A native of Houston Texas, Kyle began his musical journey at a young age. Under the direction of Algernon Jones during his Middle School years and James P Moseley and Alan Beverly during his high school years , Kyle developed the tools necessary to persue his career in music. With mentors like Arnette Cobb, Conrad Johnson and Kirk Whalum, Kyle's music took on a more serious note and he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young talents to grace the city!
During Kyle's college years at Jackson State University and at Texas Southern University Kyle won numerous awards. Those precious years gave him the opportunity to futher develop his natural God given talents and abilities for music, especially in the area of jazz. The transition from college to the professional arena was challenging yet an extroadinary phase in Kyle's career. He learned to intensify his performances and allow his music to move throughout his soul, taking his audiences on a spiritual journey through music!
By the 1990's Kyle was performing on a regular basis and drawing large, enthusiastic audiences regionally and nationally.People from all over were tuned into the "rising saxist with the sexy sound" as described by one music critic. Kyle's musical range is vast, however he describes himself as a musician that enjoys playing all types of music.
Kyle's musical career has provided him the opportunity to share the stage with such artist as: Luther Vandross, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Lyle, Joe Sample, Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Al Jarreau, Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws Debarge, Michael Ward, Althea Rene, Tom Browne, and Michael Henderson just to name a few. In 1992 he released his first CD "It's Time" . Since then he has released four more solo CD's and has been featured on many recordings by other artist!
In addition, Kyle is extremely active in promoting jazz and creating opportunities for jazz musicians not only in Houston but beyond. He is also busy taking young musicians under his wing to support, encourage and develop their talents. He has been extremely active as a music educator and lecturer in the school systems in the Houston area including a stint as "Artist in Residence" at Texas Southern University. As a result of his success in the areas of music performance and music education, Kyle was honored in the 2008 and 2010 editions of "Who's Who in Black Houston"
Constantly searching for new outlets to get music to new audiences and well as his existing fan base, Kyle with the help of his childhood friend Warren Smith, formed Bayou City Music Group. In 2011 Kyle released his 5th CD "Wrapped Tight "on their Bayou City Music label. Known as an artist that is constantly evolving and pushing his creative envelope to new heights that one can't even began to imagine unless you witness him up close and in person! Kyle Turner is an artist that you deserve to experience for yourself!
Why did you choose to become a musician?
I love music! I love everything about playing music and the best is yet to come!
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When I play I am locked into the creative process. There is nothing like that feeling when you are totally free on the creative tip and you allow God to come through you to make music that touches people regardless of what they might have going on with them. That is one of the best feelings ever!