Jean Turner

Born
1936

Kenton
3 April 1962 – 30 November 1963

A brilliant album, showcasing the mellophoniums and strong arrangements, in addition to Turner’s sparkling voice.

My Image

Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (arr. Lennie Niehaus)
9 September 1963

Oh! You Crazy Moon (arr. Stan Kenton)
12 September 1963

Blindfold Test with Anita O’Day Down Beat, 29 March 1972

JEAN TURNER. You’re The Top (from Stan Kenton–Jean Turner, Creative World, Inc.) 

That’s quite a surprise. We just closed shop again; I’m leaving. I don’t know what that was. I have no idea. It was a conglomeration of somebody singing a lyric that had no timing, had nothing to do with what the band was doing, and that immediately loses me because I’m precise on that—there is a time, so many beats in the bar, and let’s get with it. 

It’s got a nice tone. it’s clear; it’s up and out there. I don’t know who that is, I could make a stab. but I really have no idea. I’d give it a P for poor, because it didn’t get together. 

LF: The reason I played this is because she’s an alumna, as you are. of the Stan Kenton orchestra…… 

A.O’D: Ann Richards? I had that passing thought…all right. I lose…. 

LF: No, no…it’s a girl named Jean Turner, the only black girl that ever toured with Stan; she was very attractive and a pretty fair singer…. 

A.O’D: She’s got a lot of tone, a lot of qualities. and if you say she’s pretty, that probably helps. But she sure ain’t no singer. She’s up there shouting, she’s not with the band. You gotta present a picture, man. And don’t forget it’s not easy to sing with that band!

Capitol Studio recordings with Kenton

Come on Back (arr. Bill Holman) 3 April 1962
Day Dream (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 11 September 1963
Give Me A Song with A Beautiful Melody (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 11 September 1963
How Do I Look in Blue? (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 28 September 1962
It’s A Big Wide Wonderful World (arr. Bill Holman) 11 September 1963
Let Your Love Walk In (arr. Ernie Freeman) 3 April 1962
Let Your Love Walk In (arr. Ray Starling) 28 September 1962
Lot of Livin’ To Do, A (arr. Bill Holman) 11 September 1963
Love Is Here to Stay (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 12 September 1963
Love Walked In (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 12 September 1963
Mr. Kenton Won’t Twist (arr. Ernie Freeman) 3 April 1962
Oh! You Crazy Moon (arr. Stan Kenton 12 September 1963
Piel Canela (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 11 September 1963
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 11 September 1963
Sleepy Lagoon (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 12 September 1963
Someone to Watch Over Me (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 11 September 1963
Warm Blue Stream (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 3 April 1962
You’re the Top (arr. Lennie Niehaus) 11 September 1963

Other songs

Like the Blues I Got Now (arr. Gene Roland) 1961
Old Folks (arr. Ray Starling) 1963
Put on A Happy Face (arr. Ray Starling) 12 June 1963
Que Sera, Sera (arr. Ray Starling) 1963
Snap My Fingers (arr. Gene Roland) 1963