Big Red – Tommy Turrentine

Brassy, sassy and big, Big Red makes a splash. Be sure to check out our exclusive Minus You MP3s so you can practice along with the pros! Brian Lynch trumpet solo transcription also available.

Tommy Turrentine

April 22, 1928 – May 13, 1997

Trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, brother of saxophonist Stanley, started his performing career with the band of Earl Bostic. He often played and recorded with Max Roach during the 1950s and 60s. During this time, Tommy collaborated with Julian Priester to write the hit song As Long As You're Living, to which Oscar Brown soon wrote a lyric (titled Long As You're Living). The vocal version was first recorded by Abbey Lincoln in 1959 and has gone on to be recorded by several other major jazz vocalists like Karrin Allyson, Claudia Acuña, and more recently, Cyrilee Aimèe. This composition is available in Second Floor Music's Sing JAZZ! Read more...

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