John TurkJohn (* 1943 in Vallejo, CA) got his first lessons playing piano from his mother. His talent and commitment to music was extraordinary from a very young age. John soon added mastery of the trumpet, and amazed children and adults alike by playing the piano with one hand and the trumpet in the other.
John pursued a musical career and it took off, taking him across the U.S. touring with the famed Jimmy McCracklin. John moved to Oakland in the late 60s and played with some of the best artists - Johnny Heartsman, Lou Rawls, Etta James and rising stars like Sly Stone, Faye Carol and Jesse James. By the early 70s, John had taken the lead and started his own band, John Turk & The 3rd Street Annex, a legendary, award-winning, East Bay combo. The demand for his performances took him all the way to Europe.
John was a musician's musician. He loved the art and always revered it over fame or money. His talent extended to the organ, synthesizer and flugelhorn. He passed away in 2018.