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TURNER, Joe

(b 3 Nov. '07, Baltimore MD; d 21 July '90, Paris) Pianist, vocalist in stride style with blues feeling. To NYC c'25, worked with Benny Carter, Louis Armstrong, others; accompanied Adelaide Hall from mid-'30s, to Europe with her; served in US Army band directed by Sy Oliver, returned to Europe c'48; based in Paris, toured the world. His albums are often mistakenly listed with those of blues/R&B singer Big Joe Turner, above (and vice-versa). Albums, mostly solo, incl. Sweet And Lovely '52 on Mode/Vogue, Stride By Stride '60 on 77 (Solo Art CD), trio Smashing Thirds '61 on MPS, on Black and Blue (Paris): Trio '71 (with Slam Stewart and Jo Jones), Joe's Back In Town '74, an album with drummer Panama Francis '76, I Understand '79; plus Another Epoch/Stride Piano '75--6 on Pablo, Joe Turner '76 on Chiaroscuro, Walking Through Heaven '83 on Swingtime.