Al Turner with Earl Klugh at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg

Al Turner on bass with Earl Klugh

Earl and Al on stage at the Lyric Theatre, Johannesburg, SA

Our good friend and R.Cocco user, Al “The Burner” Turner, traveled to South Africa and performed with Earl Klugh at the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg on May 17 & 18, 2013.

The Lyric Theatre, luxuriously styled with 1100-seats, reminds one of the opulence of the world’s great opera houses with its plush fittings and rich atmosphere. A great place to catch some great music!

Al Turner on bass with Earl Klugh

Al on his Ken Smith 6 string bass!

According to Al, Earl Klugh and the band did not disappoint with two fantastic shows in Johannesburg for the many Earl Klugh fans in SA. The band were Al Turner (electric and upright bass), Ron Otis (drums), David Lee (keyboards), TomĀ  Braxton (sax) and lead by Earl Klugh on guitar. Both performances received many great comments including one about a duet that Earl and Al played together. (Anyone have a video of that duet!)

Earl is releasing his third solo album on 4th June 2013 entitled, “HandPicked.” It’s a solo guitar album of standards and originals, with a few duets between Earl and some of his favorite string players: Vince Gill, Jake Shimabukuro and Bill Frisell!

Al Turner on bass with Earl Klugh

Al on upright bass

Read more about the Earl’s new album and his upcoming 2013 tour dates on his Facebook page.

Al recording currently his next CD and using R.Cocco strings on his Jazz basses. Also in the works are a new band album project with Earl Klugh, a album project with KEM, and tours with Earl Klugh and KEM this summer. Whew!

We’ll see you in New York City this summer, Al!

Al “The Burner” Turner tours Japan

Al Turner
Al Turner is on his way to Japan to do his annual tour with Cheryl Lynn. Al will also be performing his own music from his new CD “Sunny Days.” He has two nights at the Green Note in Osaka after Cheryl’s dates. Says Al, “I am very excited to be performing as a solo artist for the first time in Japan. I have going to Japan for twenty plus years with other artist like Earl Klugh, Bob James and Cheryl Lynn. Now it is “The Burner” time.”

The Dates
Aug 13-19 with Cheryl Lynn at Billboard Live Tokyo & Osaka.
Aug 21 & 22 Al Turner at the Green Note in Osaka

Al Turner Interview


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Can you tell us a few highlights from your career?
I am currently Music Director and bassist for KEM. In addition I tour and record with Earl Klugh and Bob James. I have also recorded with, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, KEM, Oleta Adams, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Nancy Wilson just to name a few. I’ve toured the world over, performed at the White House twice and recorded two solo records.

What do think of the state of music today?
I feel really good about the state of music. Technology has allowed us to make music in a different way. Real musicians are still the key for me. Great songs are being recorded daily, which always stand the test of time.

What do you think the role of music education is?
I love the fact that there are young musicians around the world pursuing music as a career. Music Education is very important and we need more of it in the public school systems.

What’s coming up in the future for you?
I have a new record coming out and I am very excited about that. In addition, I am writing and producing for other artist. Tours to follow in 2012.

Why do you use R Cocco strings?
R. Cocco strings are simply Great!!! They sound wonderful in the studio or live and last a very long time. I love them!