Paul Turner (bassist)

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Paul Turner
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Background information
Born (1968-03-11) 11 March 1968 (age 50)
OriginSunderland, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1987–present
Associated acts

Paul Turner (born 11 March 1968)[1] is currently the bassist for the British group Jamiroquai.[2] He was present for the promotional work and tour for the Dynamite album, recording of new tracks for High Times and on their two latest albums Rock Dust Light Star and Automaton.


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 he is also involved in the eclectic progressive rock trio The Dark Sinatras,[3] 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 he has since continued to record for various artistes.

Turner has also performed live on many of the top music programmes worldwide, including Later With Jools and TFI in the UK, and the Late Show With David Letterman and Tonight With Jay Leno in the US.

His live event broadcasts have included major events such as Live 8, 2 x Nelson Mandela 46664, 4 x MTV Music Awards, 2 x Nobel Peace Prize Awards, 3 x Rock In Rio, and 5 x Party In The Park.

Turner mainly uses two basses for live performances with Jamiroquai, including a five-string Alleva Coppolo and a four-string 1966 Fender Jazz. (Both are Olympic White with tortoiseshell pick-guards.) For amplification, Turner uses Aguilar heads and cabinets. For larger stages, Turner 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 it's also influenced by rock and progressive genres. 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.


  1. ^ "Paul Turner - Jamiroquai (BGM Issue 28)". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Jamiroquai Official Website / Paul Turner". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ "The Dark Sinatras play the Dublin Castle". The Dark Sinatras blog. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2017.