Steve Turre at Capital Ale House 

Thursday, Sept. 15

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Steve Turre probably is most famous from his many years in the “Saturday Night Live” band, where his football-player frame and iconic goatee were instantly recognizable. Turre’s played with everyone from Rahsaan Rolland Kirk — who inspired him to double on conch shells — to Paul Simon, Ray Charles and Mariah Carey. As a composer and bandleader, his music effortlessly traverses the Western Hemispheric musical currents, flowing from hard bop to Brazil by way of Cuba. “Legend” is something of a cliché in jazz, but his current band (featured on 2010’s “Delicious-and-Delightful” CD) includes two players who practically define the word. Pianist Larry Willis first worked with Turre when both were in Woody Shaw’s seminal ’80s ensemble and is notable enough to have headlined his own Richmond Jazz Society event in April 2009. The band also includes the great post-Coltrane tenor saxophone innovator Billy Harper. Steve Turre performs at Capital Ale House as part of the Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator Series on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. $25-$30. 643-1972.

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