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Saxophonist, Kyle Turner is a native of Houston, Texas. He began playing music at an early age and soon found himself as one of the most recognized young musicians in the area. During his time at Smiley HS, Turner became friends and a protégé of then Houston resident Kirk Whalum. He attended Jackson State University on a music scholarship. Kyle left Jackson and soon found himself performing on stage with a virtual Who’s Who in jazz and popular music. Some of the highlights include Live at Wembley with Luther Vandross (DVD), tours and concerts with Regina Belle, Kirk Whalum, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Lyle, Joe Sample, and others. In 1990 Kyle relocated to Austin where he released his first CD as a leader entitled It’s time. His second CD, Sincerely Yours, was also well received and opened even more doors in the smooth jazz scene. After moving to Los Angeles, Kyle released his third CD, KT3. This 2003 CD features several industry greats such as Lelah Hathaway, Derrick Edmondson, Tim Gant, Dwight Sils, and others. Turner has now come full circle and relocated to Houston and now teaches both privately and at Westbury HS. He is very proud to now be able to take younger players under his wing and offer guidance. His 2007 Collection CD is a retrospective of his previous CDs along with some new tracks with Fingerprints and Michael Ward. Turner also employs the the production and arranging talents of keyboardist, Darrell Lavigne, Tim Gant, and Derrick Edmondson. Kyle's latest release is Wrapped Tight and features some smooth jazz elite. It has compositions from Kim Waters and guest appearances from Najee, Chris Walker, Althea Rene, and others. He is currently featured at venues in Texas such as Buttons in Dallas and Phil and Dereks in Houston, and other regional festivals.” - Kyle Turner, saxophonist