“Before I tried the Légère reeds I was not sure that a synthetic reed could give me the warmth and constancy that I desired. Boy was I wrong! These reeds play even from the bottom to the top of the horn, with the fullness and warmth that I desire on my horn and without the worry of climate or consistency of cane reeds. I am completely sold on the results I am getting with Légère Reeds!” – Kyle Turner
Kyle Turner is a creative and innovative artist that has warmed the hearts of many with the sultry musical notes birthed from his instrument, the saxophone! A native of Houston Texas, Kyle began his musical journey at a young age. Under the direction of Algernon Jones during his Middle School years and James P Moseley and Alan Beverly during his high school years, Kyle developed the tools necessary to pursue his career in music. With mentors like Arnette Cobb, Conrad Johnson and Kirk Whalum, Kyle's music took on a more serious note and he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young talents to grace the city!
During Kyle's college years at Jackson State University and at Texas Southern University Kyle won numerous awards. Those precious years gave him the opportunity to further develop his natural God given talents and abilities for music, especially in the area of jazz. The transition from college to the professional arena was challenging yet an extraordinary phase in Kyle's career. He learned to intensify his performances and allow his music to move throughout his soul, taking his audiences on a spiritual journey through music!
By the 1990's Kyle was performing on a regular basis and drawing large, enthusiastic audiences regionally and nationally. People from all over were tuned into the "rising saxist with the sexy sound" as described by one music critic. Kyle's musical range is vast, however, he describes himself as a musician that enjoys playing all types of music.
Kyle's musical career has provided him the opportunity to share the stage with such artist as: Luther Vandross, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Lyle, Joe Sample, Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Al Jarreau, Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws, Debarge, Michael Ward, Althea Rene, Tom Browne, Michael Henderson, Glenn Jones, Phil Perry, Jeff Lorber Terence Blanchard, Angie Stone, Ledesi, Chante Moore, and Tower of Power, just to name a few. In 1992 he released his first CD "It's Time". Since then he has released four more solo CD's and has been featured on many recordings by other artist!
Kyle is extremely active in promoting jazz and creating opportunities for jazz musicians not only in Houston, but beyond. He is also busy taking young musicians under his wing to support, encourage and develop their talents. He has been extremely active as a music educator and lecturer at Westbury High School. He has also worked as an "Artist in Residence" at Texas Southern University. As a result of his success in the areas of music performance and music education, Kyle was honored in the 2008, 2010 and 2015 editions of "Who's Who in Black Houston".
Constantly searching for new outlets to get music to new audiences, as well as his existing fan base, Kyle, with the help of his childhood friend Warren Smith, formed Bayou City Music Group. In 2011 Kyle released his 5th CD "Wrapped Tight "on their Bayou City Music label. He is currently working on a new recording project due for release in 2016.
Known as an artist that is constantly evolving and pushing his creative envelope to new heights that one can't even begin to imagine unless you witness him up close and in person! Kyle Turner is an artist that you deserve to experience for yourself!