Jazz trombonist Steve Turre is one of the world’s pre-eminent jazz innovators, trombonists, and sea shell players. He has consistently won both the readers’ and critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Down Beat, and JazzIz for best trombonist and for best miscellaneous instrumentalist (shells). Turre was born to Mexican-American parents and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, where he absorbed daily doses of mariachi, blues, and jazz. While attending Sacramento State University, he joined the Escovedo Brothers salsa band, which began his career-long involvement with that genre. He was hired by Ray Charles in 1972 to go on tour. A year later, Woody Shaw brought him into Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Turre went on to work with musicians from the jazz, Latin, and pop worlds, including Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Horace Silver, and others. In addition to performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984, he has led several ensembles. His recordings include Rainbow People (Highnote), Lotus Flower (Verve) and In the Spur of the Moment (Telarc). Turre has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2008 and was also on the faculty from 2001-03.