Posted on January 27, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

The Jazz at Bucknell series will kick off its spring semester schedule with a performance featuring the Mark Turner Quartet on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Bucknell Hall on the Bucknell University campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Mark Turner Quartet features Mark Turner on tenor saxophone, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.

In a career that has spanned two decades and encompassed a broad array of musical ventures, Turner has emerged as a towering presence in the jazz community. A New York Times profile of Turner titled "The Best Jazz Player You've Never Heard" called him "possibly jazz's premier player," noting his reputation amongst his peers and his influential stature in the jazz world.

Other spring semester performances in the Jazz at Bucknell series include T. Oliver Reid's "Drop Me Off in Harlem" on Feb. 25 and Myra Melford's Trio with Marty Ehrlich and Allison Miller on March 31.

The Jazz at Bucknell series presents international modern masters and young visionaries, showcasing the entire tradition of jazz from standards to the avant-garde, with an eye on artists who continue the innovative tradition of the music with their personal approaches to sound, style and composition.

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