Steve Turré (b. 1948 -- wow, he looks a lot younger!) is one of today's stars on the jazz trombone. He has played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Santana, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Woody Shaw, Max Roach, Cedar Walton, Lester Bowie's Jazz Fantasy and Ray Charles, just to mention a few. He is regularly a part of the Saturday Night Live band.

Part of his success has been due to his embracing conch shells as a musical instrument. One blows into the end as one would a brass instrument and modulates the tone by putting one's fingers into the shell partway. He formed an ensemble of trombonists who play the shells called Sanctified Shells. As interesting and novel as his shell playing is, one shouldn't be distracted from his mastery of the trombone.

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