Jazz Ensemble from Boston, MA – Will travel

Jazz Group ( 2,3 or 4 piece),  features Mike Turk performing on “Chromatic” harmonica. This is not the commonly played diatonic harmonica used in “blues bands & folk music”.


The Jazz music played on chromatic Harmonica brings this group to a completely different and higher level of music appreciation.
We traditionally include jazz guitar, gently amplified and acoustic or “double” bass for the trio.
A pianist is hired in place of guitar if the venue owns a playable piano; a quality electronic keyboard can be used as well.
Full jazz Drum kit is often added to make a Quartet for complete concert sound.


This group has traveled and performed throughout the Boston and New England region in many concerts, clubs and private venues & Events…. i.e. Regattabar, Sculler’s Jazz club, Jocko’s Jazz At The Sahara, Ryle’s Jazz Club, The Lillypad, Natick Center For The Arts.


We have also appeared at many fine restaurants that have presented jazz music, examples being Thelonious Monkfish, Savino’s, The Beehive, The Beat Hotel, Maison Robert, L’ Espalier, Bullfinch Restaurant.
Private Venue references available on request.


Mike Turk is also a recording artist with a number of CD releases and as guest/sideman appearances over the last 20 years lending his unique Jazz Harmonica sound. Most of these recordings are commercially available.
A search of “Mike Turk Jazz Harmonica” will yield a nearly 100% search probabilty for information on these recordings.


Mike’s repetiore features the compositions of many great jazz composers such as Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Freddy Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Bill Evans, Charlie “Yarbird” Parker, and the great and influential “Toots” Thielemans.
Also, songs from the classic (and not so classic) American Songbook treated in the jazz feel and approach of jazz stylists such as Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Gerry Mulligan, J.J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery and Bill Evans to describe a few . Also included are favorites from Brazilian bossa-nova era.

Available For:
Weddings Celebrations Funerals Happy Hours Picnics Concerts Bridal Showers Events Bachelor Parties Banquets Conventions Festivals Fund Raisers
Meetings Birthday Parties (Adult) Luau Parties Wedding Ceremonies Wedding Receptions EngagementsParties
Family Reunions Rehearsal Dinners

Also consider that Mike is available for Musical Talks and Demonstrations:

Wheatstone

Mike Turk has presented several times at the Boston Museum Of fine Arts with Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments Darcy Kuronen for a look at the invention and development of the harmonica in the early 1800s. On hand for demonstration and examination were the rare examples of “mouth organs” by Charles Wheatstone, made in London about 1830, and James Bazin, made in Canton, Massachusetts, about 1835. Mike contributed to the program with a discussion and demonstration of contemporary harmonicas and their music.

 

Mike Turk has also presented at the Berklee College Of Music, Boston, as well as professional meetings and corporate events.