Doug Talley Quartet featuring Julie Turner
Vocalist Julie Turner has long been a favorite on the Kansas City jazz scene. Her smooth voice has a versatile range and passionate intimacy that pleases all audiences, whether she's interpreting the greats like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to The Beatles, Norah Jones, or singing her own compositions. Add to that her engaging, magnetic personality, and you will see and hear what makes Julie a hit wherever she performs.
She began singing professionally in her teens and continues to work with the finest musicians in Kansas City and around the region, and works at many of the best venues, most recently at the The Green Lady and The Blue Room. In addition to her own group, she had a group with her late husband, drummer Tommy Ruskin. They performed at many great spots, including a 15 year stint at the Majestic Steak House. Julie and Tommy appeared together twice on the cover of KC's JAM magazine, and were a part of Pulitzer Prize winner Dan White's photo exhibit at the American Jazz Museum, featuring dozens of the most legendary pillars of Kansas City Jazz. They were both honored with induction into the Elder Statesmen of KC Jazz.
She now frequently sings with their son Brian Ruskin, a guitarist, singer and composer with a busy career in Kansas City. She occasionally sits in with his group at The Phoenix. Julie was a featured guest artist with the Kansas City Philharmonic. She has been in numerous commercials for radio and television, including the well known Plaza Christmas series, My One and Only. Julie can be heard on a number of CDs, including Mike Bennet’s KC Memories, Pat Wilson’s That’s What Friends Are For, the special Project Warmth CD, Warming Up Kansas City, as well as her own Save That Time.
Doug Talley has performed with such jazz luminaries as Jay McShann, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Bobby Watson, Karrin Allyson, Byron Stripling, Ignacio Berroa, Randy Brecker, Scott Robinson and Gary Foster. He is a familiar face throughout the Midwest as a jazz performer and educator. Talley has also appeared at the 18th & Vine Festival, the Kansas Jazz and Blues Festival, the Kansas City Spirit Festival, the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival, Mayport Jazz Festival, and in Las Vegas with The Four Freshman, The Platters and The Diamonds.
Doug Talley is the recipient of the 2010 Kansas Governor's Arts Award and the 2009 Johnson County Library Pinnacle Award for arts in education. Talley is a Selmer saxophone artist and clinician and has served as a clinician with numerous college and high school musicians, including the University of Minnesota, Coe College, Kalamazoo College, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of South Dakota, Central Missouri State, Emporia State and Kansas University, among many others. Talley was a faculty member of the Great Plains Jazz Camp for twelve years, and was featured at the 1996 MENC convention in Kansas City directing the Shawnee Mission (Kansas) Honors Jazz Band. He was a clinician at the 1997 International Association of Jazz Educators conference and a faculty member of the 2003 IAJE Teacher Training Institute.
Honored by Kansas City magazine as one of the "40 Under 40 Who Move and Shake Kansas City in Business, Politics and the Arts," Talley was also recognized in Downbeat magazine "Auditions" in 1986. His discography includes four recordings on the Sea Breeze label for the Trilogy and Boulevard Big Bands as well as the Doug Talley Quartet's four CDs, Town Topic -- "...reminiscent of the Modern Jazz Quartet." (Jam magazine), Night and Day – which received national airplay, Kansas City Suite – a musical depiction of the quartet’s hometown, and By Request, an offering of the quartet's most requested music.