Richard Turner (1984 – 2011)

Richard Turner (1984 – 2011)It was with great sadness that we learned of the recent death of ex-NYJO trumpeter Richard Turner, from a seizure whilst swimming. Reuben Fowler provides this assessment of his friend:

“27-year old Richard played with NYJO during 2003/4 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a formidable trumpet player and a hardworking and generous musician, loved and respected by his fellow musicians and friends.

“He was also responsible for starting and maintaining jazz at the Con Cellar Bar in Camden, North London – singlehandedly building it up as a jazz club of the highest reputation – booking such acts as Mark Turner, Jason Palmer, Larry Grenadier, The Freddie Gavita/Calum Gourlay Big Band, Gwilym Simcock and Julian Siegel.

“Richard’s mentor, NYJO alumnus Gerard Presencer, put it well when he said: ‘Richard was a fantastic trumpet player and a great explorer of the music. He was destined for great things (he was already doing great things). He was also a lovely, lovely person and extremely popular amongst his peers as he worked tirelessly and selflessly to keep his club going – he will be terribly missed by so many people.’

“Richard was an inspiration to all those who knew him – he was an honest, caring human being with a wicked sense of humour, and he was a true friend.”

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