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Charles Turner is an international jazz singer and recent first prize winner of the inaugural Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City. Since then, Charles has taken the jazz scene by storm at just 26 years of age. Charles relocated to New York from LA in 2011, and has enthralled audiences at such prestigious jazz venues as Birdland, Smoke, Ginny’s Supper Club, Smalls, and Minton’s in Harlem, where he held a residency with the JC Hopkins Biggish Band.
Charles received a full scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2010. In 2013, he was invited to participate in the esteemed Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program, where he worked with Jason Moran, Craig Handy, Marc Cary, and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He also won the Best Jazz Vocalist award at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and was a finalist at the esteemed Shure Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Competition.
In 2014, he released his debut album, “Dreamers,” produced by Grammy Award winning drummer Ulysses Owens, at Jazz at Lincoln Center. A rising star not just in the U.S., but internationally, Charles has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, and Russia. This will be Charles’ encore performance with Culture Connection at Queens Library.
For more information on Charles Turner, visit www.charlesturnermusic.com.