Kevin Turcotte (trumpeter, flugelhornist) was born on January 22, 1964 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, but raised in Sudbury, Ontario. He is universally recognized as one of Canada’s major trumpet talents with an impressive list of recording and touring credentials as a prominent player with the elite of Canadian jazz ensembles including Time Warp, The Mike Murley Quartet, Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, The Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra, Hemispheres New Music Ensemble, The Barry Elmes Quintet, the Jazz Report All-Stars, The Kieran Overs Quintet, Andrew Downing’s Attention Span, The Jean Martin Trio, and NOJO.
Kevin Turcotte has been regarded as one of Canada’s most proficient performers for nearly two decades. He studied music at the prestigious Banff School of Fine Arts and later, at the University of Toronto, where he joined the faculty in the 1990s. He is a first call favorite among many leaders, and has performed on over 75 recordings and in countless club and concert appearances. He has toured extensively throughout North America as well as with the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra on the band’s 1991 Russian tour, in South America with Time Warp, with Don Byron in Italy. In addition to the extensive list of bands in which he is a principal player, Turcotte has worked with hundreds of international luminaries, among them Tito Puente, Dave Holland, Kenny Kirkwood, Pat LaBarbera, Bill Grove, and Kenny Wheeler.
Kevin Turcotte is also a dedicated jazz educator, with lengthy teaching tenure at the University of Toronto and as a long-time adjudicator for MusicFest Canada. Since 1993, he has been named Jazz Trumpeter of the Year by Jazz Report Magazine and the National Jazz Awards multiple times, and was nominated again in the same category at the 2009 National Jazz Awards.