Paul Turner (bassist)
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|Born||11 March 1968|
|Genres||Funk, acid jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, dance, disco, reggae|
|Associated acts||Jamiroquai (2005–)
The Dark Sinatras
Paul Turner (born 11 March 1968 in Sunderland, England) is a bassist. He is currently the bassist for the British group Jamiroquai. He was present for the promotional work and tour for the Dynamite (Jamiroquai album) album, recording of new tracks for High Times and on their latest album, Rock Dust Light Star, released in November 2010.
Although known primarily as a member of Jamiroquai since 2005, and for his association with Annie Lennox since 2002, Paul has also recorded and/or performed live with more than 70 "named artistes", including icons like Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, Tom Jones and George Michael, and boybands including Take That, Gary Barlow and 911.
Paul cut his teeth at a young age with respected soul singers like Ruby Turner and Edwin Starr, before going onto tour the world with many of the UK’s most successful pop bands, generally during their heyday. He juggled those arenas with club dates, theatre tours and recording sessions for numerous R&B singers, such as Omar, Lamont Dozier and Mica Paris and jazz-funk names like Down To The Bone and Jeff Lorber.
Between Jamiroquai commitments Paul is active in many genres of music and in a variety of surroundings. He has his own funk/soul band called Shuffler and is also involved in the eclectic progressive rock trio The Dark Sinatras  who released their first album in May 2012. He was also in the house band for the live performances of the 2013 season of the UK TV show The Voice and continues to record for various artistes.
Paul mainly uses two basses for live performances with Jamiroquai; a five string Alleva Coppollo and a four string 1966 Fender Jazz (Both Olympic White with tortoiseshell pick-guards). For amplification he uses Aguilar heads and cabinets. For larger stages he favors a DB751 head with a pair of GS 4x10s and for club gigs he uses the Tone Hammer 500 with two, or more, SL112s.
His playing style is mainly towards Funk/Pop and R&B, but is also influenced by Rock and Progressive. His style suits his position in Jamiroquai, giving him a sharp, clean, popping sound that works well for a classic disco bass feel, and allows for versatility.