Thursday, April 18, 2024

Kyle Turner and Friends

September 5, 2021|7:00 pm


  Women in Jazz presents: Kyle Turner & Friends with Michael Ward, Eric Essix and Pamela Hart on Sunday, September 5, 2021, 7 PM (doors 6:30 pm) at the Radisson Hotel Austin, 6121 N I-35 Service Rd, Austin, TX  78752   Get ready for a continuous flow of infectious melodies and funky grooves delving into jazz, smooth jazz, funk and old school R&B. This combination of Kyle Turner’s saxophone, Michael Ward on the violin, the impeccably soulful musicianship of Eric Essix on guitar and jazzy vocals of Pamela Hart is the perfect mix for a dynamic and unforgettable evening.  The fifth consecutive year, Women in Jazz brings Kyle Turner & Friends concert back by popular demand – Live!!.  Get ready to shout for more!   The Women in Jazz Association, Inc. is adhering to the Austin-Travis County COVID-19 Safety Guide for Venues & Special Events.   This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Reserved Tickets: VIP - $60 plus fees, includes buffet; $45 Theater Seating Tickets available online at or call 800-595-4TIX(4849)   More Information: or 512-258-6947   About the Performers   Kyle Turner is a creative and innovative artist that has warmed the hearts of many with the sultry musical notes birthed from his instrument, the saxophone! A native of Houston Texas, Kyle began his musical journey at a young age. With mentors like Arnette Cobb, Conrad Johnson and Kirk Whalum, Kyle’s music took on a more serious note and he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young talents to grace the city!  Kyle’s musical career has provided him the opportunity to share the stage with such artist as: Luther Vandross, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Lyle, Joe Sample, Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Al Jarreau, Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws, Debarge, Michael Ward, Althea Rene, Tom Browne, Michael Henderson, Glenn Jones, Phil Perry, Jeff Lorber Terence Blanchard, Angie Stone, Ledesi, Chante Moore, and Tower of Power just to name a few. Kyle is extremely active in promoting jazz and creating opportunities for jazz musicians not only in Houston but beyond. He is also busy taking young musicians under his wing to support, encourage and develop their talents. He has been extremely active as a music educator and lecturer at Westbury High School. In addition, he has also worked as an “Artist in Residence” at Texas Southern University. As a result of his success in the areas of music performance and music education, Kyle was honored in the 2008, 2010 and 2015 editions of “Who’s Who in Black Houston.”  Known as an artist that is constantly evolving and pushing his creative envelope to new heights that one can’t even began to imagine unless you witness him up close and in person Kyle Turner is an artist that you deserve to experience for yourself.  His new CD “Kyle Turner Live,” is now available and be available at the show!  We welcome Kyle Turner and his friends for the fifth consecutive year with Women in Jazz here at One World Theatre.   Michael Ward is one of the few instrumental musicians who have chosen to play jazz on violin. He has performed with some of the world’s top entertainers throughout his career including Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Ronnie Laws, Al Hirt, Najee and Kirk Whalum to name a few. He has been documented on more than fifty different recordings covering several styles from Jazz to Blues, Country and Zydeco, Cajun, Pop and Hip Hop. All three releases, “Just Me,” “Laid Back” and “Make a Wish” were featured in Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines.   Michael Ward has five CDs to his credit and over 100 recordings with various artists ranging in diverse styles of music. His smooth deliverance and stage presence will knock you off your feet with another breathtaking performance.   Eric Essix, an Alabama based contemporary jazz guitarist, is known not only for his keen ability to fashion a continuous flow of infectious melodies and funky grooves, but also for reinventing the ideas of jazz by artfully delving into several sub-genres (pop, R&B and Gospel). In 2018 he released "More", his 25th full length recording since launching his recording career in 1988.  “The most fulfilling part of this musical journey has been experiencing, in real time, my evolution as an artist,” Eric says. “My mindset has shifted dramatically and is light years away from when I was a young guitarist first making records, focusing on being flashy and showing people how fast I could play. In those days, it was all about speed and lots of notes, being a gunslinger – but as I have grown as a musician and especially as a person, I like to think I have developed as a composer and songwriter of maturity and depth as well as a guitar player.”  In 2013, Eric was concurrently appointed Artist in Residence at UAB and continues to serve the University in this capacity, performing, teaching and conducting workshops for college students as well as children.  To learn more, visit   Pamela Hart was born in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Austin, Texas in 1982. Highly regarded as Austin, Texas’ finest jazz vocalist and noted by Austin Women’s Magazine as “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz,” audiences rave about Pamela’s excellent pitch, clarity and soothing vocal quality. Her sultry rendition of classic jazz standards and contemporary music wins immediate acceptance by any audience. She gracefully dances on stage with the music, her radiant voice, and showcases her effervescence and vocal range.  While off stage, Pamela has been active in music for 20+ years and willingly contributes to the community, expressing her graciousness and giving ways as well as her artistic endeavors. Inducted into the 2018 Austin Jazz Society Hall of Fame, she has significant performance credits by notable artists and shared the stage with Miss Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Kirk Whalum, Rachelle Ferrell Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, and many others. Pamela released a wonderful new CD, “Happy Talk” in May 2021. Pamela is a beautiful woman who steals the heart of any music aficionado. Be prepared to shout “encore!" Visit  

COST$45 theater; $60 VIP table


Radisson Hotel Austin
6121 N I-35 Service Rd,
Austin, 78752,

Additional Information

Phone: 512-751-0715
Contact Person: Pamela Hart
Ages: 18 and up

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