Steve Turre started playing professionally at age 13. His first big break came when he joined the Ray Charles Band in 1972 and went out on a world tour. Woody Shaw later introduced Turre to Art Blakey and he was hired to play with the legendary Jazz Messengers. Turre went on to play with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, Van Morrison, Chico Hamilton and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Turre has toured as a featured player with several luminaries of Jazz, including McCoy Tyner, Cedar Walton, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton and Bobby Hutcherson. He has also performed with artists on the Latin scene including Dave Valentin, Poncho Sanchez, Hilton Ruiz, El Grand Combo, Tito Puente, Johnny Ventura, Oscar DeLeon, Conjuncto Libre, the Fort Apache Band and Celia Cruz.
Since 1984, Steve has been a member of the 'Saturday Night
In addition to Steve's performance credits, he has also done
extensive teaching in the form of private students, clinics and
master class/workshops. Some of the institutions that Steve has
taught at are University of Hartford, Berklee School of Music,
University of Massachusetts, Long Island University as well as
being an adjunct faculty member at William Paterson College
and Manhattan School of Music.