Stanley Turrentine, a world-renowned jazz saxophonist, is going to help promote Baltimore convention business through a video he and his ensemble are recording for the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association.
Turrentine, considered a jazz giant and one of the finest tenor saxophonists in modern times, will play an original score created specifically for this project.
The four-minute video, produced by Pennant Productions, will be used to sell the Baltimore area to potential groups that hold conventions and meetings on the East Coast.
Between now and 2002, BACVA estimates groups already scheduled to come to Baltimore will have an impact of $1.5 billion to Baltimore's economy.
Turrentine, who toured in Ray Charles' blues and R&B band in the early 1950s, later replaced John Coltrane in Earl Bostic's band. In 1974, "Pieces of Dreams" earned Turrentine Billboard's album of the year, jazz artist of the year and No. 1 album of the year awards.
In 1987, Turrentine recorded a tribute to Stevie Wonder, "Wonderland," and contributed to "The Cole Porter Songbook: Instrumentals -- Anything Goes."
Turrentine will tape scores at Clean Cuts Music, at 2901 Chestnut Ave. in Baltimore at noon Wednesday.
Pub Date: 4/07/98