“one of the nations leading men on the horn...full of fresh ideas...a canny artist who can adopt with aplomb more disguises than Zorro” (Toronto Star)
Toronto based trumpeter Kevin Turcotte has had the privilege of playing on more than one hundred recordings over the last twenty years with musicians from all across the country. Eighteen of these recordings have garnered Juno Nominations while four were Juno Winners. Whether it is recent outings by the Barenaked Ladies and Bruce Cockburn, the funky sounds of Mr. Something Something and Planet Earth, the eclectic nature of the Great Uncles of the Revolution and Jayme Stone or modern collaborations like the Sicilian Jazz Project and Ricochet, Kevin always brings a passion and creativity to each session.
Kevin graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Music and attended summer jazz sessions at the Banff School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Anthony Davis and Kenny Werner. He taught in the University of Toronto Jazz Degree program for over a decade from its inception until 2004 and is now at York University.
Kevin has been a long time member of many Canadian jazz groups including Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, the Barry Elmes Quintet featuring Ed Bickert, Time Warp, Barry Romberg’s Random Access, Andrew Downing’s Melodeon and Arts and Letters, the Neufeld Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), the Dave Young Quintet, and the Jean Martin Trio.He has been featured on stage with a diverse roster of players such as Hermeto Pascoal, Sam Rivers, Carla Bley, Don Byron, Brian Blade, Seamus Blake, David Tronzo, Tito Puente, Herb Geller, Curtis Fuller, Roscoe Mitchell and David Clayton-Thomas.