5 April 1934, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 12 September 2000, New York City, USA. After playing cello Turrentine took up the tenor saxophone before reaching his teenage years. Born into a musical family (his father, Thomas Turrentine, played tenor with Al Coopers Savoy Sultans, and his brother Tommy Turrentine was a proficient trumpet player), Stanley quickly became proficient enough to turn professional. He began playing with blues and R&B bands including those led by Lowell Fulson and Earl Bostic (replacing John Coltrane), but in the early 50s he played in a band led by Tadd Dameron. In the late 50s he worked with Max Roach (replacing Sonny Rollins) and also began leading his own bands, quickly establishing a reputation for live and recorded performances. He was married to organist Shirley Scott, with whom he also made records, until 1971.
In the early 60s he recorded with Jimmy Smith, appearing on classic albums such as...
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