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Saturday Night Live trombonist Steve Turré at Hamilton Stage in New Jersey

Steve Turre
Steve Turre

Trombonist Steve Turré has played in NBC's Saturday Night Live band for 30 years ... he's performed on over 250 recording sessions with musicians such as Ray Charles, Carlos Santana, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Woody Shaw, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Etta Jones to name just a few.

He's taught at Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard School of Music and excels in coaxing amazing sounds out of the Conch — a collection of seashells gathered from around the global oceans tuned to create uniquely ethereal music.

On Friday Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. he plays a full concert at Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway, New Jersey, with his quintet — and guest numbers by the student musicians he's worked with the last few weeks.

Mr. Turre will be discussing and playing the music of trombone legend J.J. Johnson, with New York Times jazz writer Nate Chinen and WBGO radio deejay Gary Walker hosting.

What's a World-Class Musician doing in Rahway schools?

Blame the National Endowment of the Arts. As usual, they're using our taxpayer dollars to create magic.

They provided an Our Town grant to Rahway's Union County Performing Arts Center to deliver unique Arts Education experiences in Rahway schools.

And they also gave the Center an ArtWorks grant to have a series of concerts by today's master musicians discussing and playing the music of the legendary master musicians from whom they learned their craft.

It’s a way to "connect the generations" and inform and inspire the next group of young musicians coming up. It’s a process that makes Jazz one of the most vibrant musical idioms on the planet.

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