About the Artist
A Multi-Talented Free Spirit
Best known as a Houston native, Kyle Turner has been building his career as a talented Jazz Musician since his middle and high school years. 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 talent to come out of his city!
During Kyle’s college years at Jackson State University and Texas Southern University he won numerous awards. Those precious years gave him the opportunity to further develop his God given talents and abilities for music, especially in the area of jazz. The transition from college to the professional arena was challenging but yet an important phase in Kyle’s career. He learned to intensify his performances and allow his music to move through 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 worldwide were tuned in to the “rising sadist with the sexy sound” as described by one music critic. Kyle’s musical range is vast and he describes himself as a musician that loves playing all types of music. Kyle’s music career has afforded him to share the stage with such artist as: Luther Vandross, Regina Belle, Joe Sample, Bobby Lyle, Al Jarreau, Will Downing, Ronnie Laws, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Terence Blanchard, Eddie Levert and Kirk Whalum just to name a few. Since his first solo release, “It’s Time” in 1992 Kyle has continued recording albums and he has been featured on recordings of many other artist.
In addition Kyle is extremely active in promoting jazz and creating opportunities for musicians in Houston and beyond.Kyle is extremely busy taking young musicians under his wing to support, encourage, and develop their talents.He is extremely active as a music educator and lecturer in school system in the Greater Houston Area. He also has his own radio show “The Jazz Club” which airs four days a week on KTSU 90.9 FM As a result of his success in the areas of music performance and music education Kyle was honored in the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016 editions of Who’ Who in Black Houston.
Constantly searching for new avenues to expand his existing fan base, Kyle and his childhood friend formed Bayou City Music Group. In 2011 Kyle released his fifth solo CD “Wrapped Tight” on their Bayou City Music label. Known as an artist that is constantly evolving and pushing his creative envelope to new heights that one can not begin to imagine unless you witness up close, Kyle’s latest recording,Kyle Turner Live, was released in 2019. This Recording captures the energy and passion of Kyle’s live performances and gives the listener a taste of what it’s like to be a part of a Kyle Turner performance, an experience music lovers must see and hear for themselves.