Joe Turner (jazz pianist)

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Joe Turner
Birth nameJoseph H. Turner
Born(1907-11-03)November 3, 1907
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedJuly 21, 1990(1990-07-21) (aged 82)
Paris, France

Joseph H. Turner (November 3, 1907 – July 21, 1990) was an American jazz pianist.[1]


One of the masters of the stride piano style associated with Harlem, New York City, Turner gained his first big musical break in 1928 when he was hired for the Benny Carter Orchestra. Another break was his work accompanying Adelaide Hall, sometimes alongside Art Tatum, in the early 1930s. He also played with Louis Armstrong.[2] After World War II, he settled in Europe, living in Paris from 1962.[3] He played at La Calavados, a nightclub situated near the Champs Elysees until his death from a heart attack in 1990, at the age of 82.[4][5]


  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Joe Turner Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Joe Turner; Expatriate Jazz Pianist". Los Angeles Times. July 23, 1990.
  3. ^ Giddins, Gary (January 26, 1976). "Joe Turner Hits His Stride". New York. pp. 50–51. ISSN 0028-7369.
  4. ^ "Joe Turner; Jazz Pianist, 82". The New York Times. Associated Press. July 24, 1990. p. B6.
  5. ^ "Joe Turner, Jazz Pianist, Dies Of Heart Attack". Jet. August 6, 1990. p. 61. ISSN 0021-5996.

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