Trombonist Steve Turre has been lauded as “one of the finest trombonists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries’ by All Music Guide to Jazz. He learned how to play by working with some of modern jazz’s greatest masters: Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Turre’s depth and breadth is beyond scope. He is credited with over 600 recording appearances and defies listeners’ expectations by performing stylistically accurate gems in settings that range from Free to Bop, Latin to Soul, ballads to blues. Turre follows the current of his mentors J.J. Johnson and Woody Shaw: “I like to swing and I like to play the blues. I’m not ashamed to swing and I’m not afraid to swing. I think it’s the foundation of the music and I’m proud of it.” Turre has his own voice on the trombone and also diverges from the mainstream by performing on conch shells carefully cut to specific pitches. He first learned of the shell instrument from yet another mentor, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and later deepened his fascination during a trip to Mexico, when he discovered from relatives that his ancestors had long played shells in their native culture. Turre has been a multi-year winner in both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (conch shells).