Performing vintage R&B, Jump Blues, New Orleans R&B from the mid 40s to the mid 60s. Send an email for youtube links.
For some unexplained reason I‘m not able to upload tracks to this website. Here are a couple of links to a live performance at a restaurant in Worcester recorded this past February 2010 copy and paste them to your browser:
This was recorded July ‘06 at the Brigham Circle Concert Series pictured in the photograph. You can also copy and paste this:
Join MFA curator Darcy Kuronen and local performer Mike Turk for a look at the invention and development of the mouth organ (todayäó»s harmonica) in the early 1800s. On hand for demonstration and examination will be fascinating examples of these types of instruments by Charles Wheatstone, made in London about 1830, and James Bazin, made in Canton, Massachusetts, about 1835. Mike Turk will fill in the second half of the program with demonstrations of contemporary harmonicas and their music.
This group travels and performs throughout the Boston and New England region at concert, club and private venues.
We specialize in songs of the American Songbook treated as swing, fast tempo hard-bop, light swing and smooth ballads. Also included are favorites from the Brazilian bossa-Nova era.
”Mike Turk is a no-nonsense musician and the harmonica is his life. [He is] one of a rare breed who started out with the blues harp and went on to get an enviable technique on the chromatic. His home base is bebop with a healthy swinging approach. He shows familiarity with some interesting melodic scales. [He makes] a harmonica statement that should reach out beyond the harmonica audience. . .Turk is a fiery player. . . . came out of the bluesharp and assimilated the chromatic quite fluently. . . . knows his changes and aims for swing! . . . Go for it Mike!”