KYLE TURNER is a very gifted pianist and musician. He received his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Music Performance at Bowling Green State University in 2013. BGSU, with its prestigious faculty comprised of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, helped provide a hotbed of inspiration for creative musical growth. His early interest in blues music still finds its way into his distinctively soulful and heartfelt style. He has been performing professionally since 2003 starting at the age of 17. His teaching experience is strong ranging from private lessons, music accompanist for the Jazz Combos at Owens Community College, and Jazz Piano Instruction at BGSU. Currently residing in Nashville, TN, he performs frequently as a freelance musician with multiple projects, and with his own collaborations.
Kyle is always searching for new ways to express his music. Being influenced by all styles, he feels that music should not be categorized. Instead, all music should be thought of as a whole, with sound being the most important aspect. Kyle brings different gear to each of his performances to offer a great variety of color and tone. When at the piano his touch is very dynamic; playing a beautiful ballad with gentle control, then switching gears to dig in on a fierce driving groove. At the Hammond B-3 he forges ahead with intense power, always diving head long into the music and never looking back. With the use of a varied team of keyboards, he shows great control over each aspect of sound production and has a sensitive ear to his blend and layering in the music. When using the Hammond organ or his keyboards (or a combination of the two), he often plays the bass in his left hand - making a trio sound like a 4-piece (leave the bass player at home!). Kyle also shines when synthesizers and effects processors are his tools; switching from ambient and organic explorations to heavy pulsating beats. With a strong ability to accompany vocalists and instrumentalists Kyle knows when to take charge and when to lay back, always conscious of making the music its best. Performances vary from solo piano, duos with vocals or another instrumentalist, piano trios, organ trios, quartets, quintets etc... all the way up to big bands with 12 piece horn ensembles and a variety of instrumental combinations.