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September 10, 2008 Known for his big, warm sound, Turrentine found inspiration in the blues and turned it into a hugely successful career in music. The saxophonist played and made frequent recordings across the entire spectrum of R&B and groove-heavy jazz.
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April 4, 2008 April is Jazz Appreciation Month, designated by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Like most of the artists celebrated by JAM, tenor sax legend Stanley Turrentine was born in April. Hear five songs by the tenor sax legend, whose deep, warm, soulful tone was rooted in the blues.
September 13, 2000 Jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine died in a New York hospital after suffering a stroke. He was known for his smooth playing and his ability to adapt his style to contemporary audiences. Turrentine started his career playing with Ray Charles and Max Roach. He scored his biggest hit in 1970 with Sugar, which became something of a jazz standard, frequently performed and re-recorded by admirers. He was 66 years old.
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