FONT Canada preview: Brad Turner

Saturday, March 15 “Directions in Jazz Trumpet”
Doors open at 830, 
Music starts at 9pm
185 avenue Van Horne (for venue info contact )

Brad Turner Quartet (Vancouver-Montreal): Brad Turner trumpet, Fraser
Hollins bass, Dave Laing drums, piano – David Ryshpan.

Brad Turner‘s phenomenal talents as a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer make him one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed musicians. Brad has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, John Scofield, Michael Moore, Reneé Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Dylan van der Schyff, Mike Murley, Seamus Blake, Kenny Werner and Ernie Watts. Brad’s groups have opened for McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Ahmad Jamal and Tony Bennett.

As a leader, Brad has released seven albums, six as a trumpeter with his quartet, and one as a pianist with his trio. Three of those releases have been nominated for Juno awards.

What Is, released in 2005, won Best Jazz Album, at the 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards. As a pianist with his trio, the 2004 release, Question the Answer was nominated for a 2005 Canadian Urban Music Award, and a 2006 Canadian Indie Music Award.

In 1997 and 1998 Brad won Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album recognizing his work in the internationally acclaimed electric jazz group Metalwood.

Winner of National Jazz Awards for Jazz Composer of the Year (2000 and 2002), Brad was awarded Musician of the Year for 2005, and was a recipient of 2006 Victor Lynch-Staunton Prize for excellence in musical achievement.

In 2008 and again in 2009, Brad took home National Jazz Awards for Trumpeter of the Year and Producer of the year.

Brad is a member of the jazz studies faculty at Capilano University, in North Vancouver, B.C., and plays Cannonball trumpets.


Ray Kirkham (VSO)
Dr. Wayne Gorder (Western Washington U – he moved to Kent State and
has since retired)
Thomas Parriott (VSO – passed away unfortunately)
Leonard Candelaria (UNT)
Henry Christian (Vancouver)


Freddie Hubbard
Clifford Brown
Woody Shaw
Clark Terry
Kenny Wheeler

Current Projects: On going work on composing for Vancouver based projects, running my studio, practicing the exact same stuff I always have (!)

On the Side: Cars… my ’65 Mustang

I knew I wanted to be play trumpet when: I saw my Grandpa play – he gave me my 1st horn – a Boosey cornet

A Performance Highlight: Playing with Joe Loving

Dream Band: Too tough to answer!!

Did you know? My twin boys were in a movie with Kristen Stewart called ‘The Messengers’