Brad Turner’s phenomenal talents as a trumpeter, pianist, drummer and composer make him one of Canada’s most in-demand and highly esteemed musicians. Brad has performed and/or recorded with such artists as Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, John Schofield, Michael Moore, Reneé Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Dylan van der Schyff, Mike Murley, Seamus Blake, Kenny Werner and Ernie Watts.
Brad’s groups have opened for McCoy Turner, Roy Haynes, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, Diana Krall, Ahmad Jamal and Tony Bennett. Brad has released six albums, five as a trumpeter with his quartet, the most recent being the ’07 release Small Wonder, which was nominated for a Juno in the Traditional Jazz Album category.
What Is, released in ’05, won Best Jazz Album at the ’06 Western Canadian Music Awards. As a pianist with his trio, the ’04 release, Question the Answer was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award (’05) and a Canadian Indie Music Award (’06). In 1997 and 1998 he won Juno Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, recognizing his work in the internationally established electric jazz group Metalwood.
Winner of National Jazz Awards for Jazz Composer of the Year (2000 and ’02), and also awarded Musician of the Year for ’05, he is also the recipient of the Victor Lynch-Staunton Prize (’06) for excellence in musical achievement. In ’08 and again in ’09, Brad received National Jazz Awards for Trumpeter of the Year and Producer of the Year. He was nominated for a Juno award in 2009 for Best Traditional Jazz album.