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Robert Turner Trio featuring Henry Franklin

Robert Turner playing the paino

Part of Club Night Concerts

Thursday, April 6 from 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Compared to  Ramsey Lewis, George Duke and Gene Harris …Keyboard/ Piano maestro Robert Turner has been called the new generation soul pianist.

Robert hails from L.A., and was a highly sought-after figure on the scene before moving to moving to Japan and then Shanghai. Growing up, his idols were Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, and Gene Harris, and he has played and recorded with greats such as Rahmlee Davis of Earth Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Byron Miller, and even Dr. Dre.

To see him perform is to be exhilarated as he adds his own exceptional dynamic to the band. Hands flying across the keyboard, the man himself rocking and convulsing in time to the music – his talent is so great and he is so into what he’s playing that it sometimes seems as if he could improvise forever, furiously careening up and down the scales and pausing at snatches of well-known songs that he has lined up along the way.

Robert draws influence from neo-soul, 70’s, soul, jazz, blues, gospel, and fusion, and will conjure a tune out of anything else that you throw at him.