Endorsement Artist - Sax Dakota Saxophones - Theo Wanne Mouthpieces & Oleg Ligatures
Anthony “Turk” Cannon is a smooth jazz saxophonist, born and raised in St. Michaels Maryland. Anthony’s love of music began at the age of nine, when he started playing the clarinet. Years later, holding a saxophone in his hands and breathing life into smooth sounds, a spark ignited the palpable passion that flows from his horn each time he plays.
Anthony conducted his formal music education at Columbia Community College, Columbia Maryland and has studied with the most influential saxophone instructors in the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. He writes, composes and is the executive producer of his original musical creations which artfully infuses the rhythms of Blues, R&B, Pop, and jazz.
Anthony honed his talent during the early years of his musical career in the late 1990’s performing at open mic jazz clubs and as a sideman saxophonist with various jazz and blues bands in the Washington DC area and Los Angeles, California. He has performed at top venues in the country, including Spaghettini’s in Los Angeles CA, Blues Alley in Washington D.C, Avalon Theater in Maryland, The Freeman Pavilion in Selbyville, DE, The Tin Pan in Richmond, VA, and NAMM Music Festival in Anaheim CA.
Anthony has performed with leading jazz artists in the industry - Guitarist Adam Hawley, the late Keyboardist Dawoud Said, Drummer Carl “C-man” Anderson, Guitarist Nils, Keyboardist Cal Harris, Jr., Bassist Roberto Vally, Vocalist Marc Staggers, Vocalist Vicu Scheck and Bassist Lorenzo Sands. He has also collaborated with well-known music producers such as Matthew Shell, the late Dawoud Said and Ernesto Ponce.
In 2005, Anthony was excited to acquire his very first Saxophone endorsement deal with L.A. Saxophone Company. To date, Anthony has multiple endorsement deals with Sax Dakota Saxophone Company, Theo Wayne Saxophone Mouthpiece Company, and Oleg Ligatures and Saxophone Company.
Anthony has released several EPs and Singles , “Can You Hear Me”, “Lights Down Low” and “The Good News”. City Nights - Good Morning Aruba & Let’s Get It!
In the musician’s own words…
My inspiration comes from many great musicians, but the most meaningful influences have been Grover Washington Jr, David Sanborn, Dexter Gordon, Nelson Rangell and the late great, Art Porter. I aspire to model myself after these accomplished musicians, as their bodies of work and artistic integrity motivate me to be diligently dedicated to this art.
I am blessed to have found my own unique style and voice on the saxophone, as if it is an extension of my soul. It is my sincere hope that when you listen to my music or have an opportunity to see me perform live, you will be touched. It has always been my dream to create music that will move people’s hearts and leave them with a piece of my own.
After many years of tireless practicing and studying with some of best saxophone instructors in the Washington DC/Baltimore, MD metro area, my dream to one day play music that moves people's hearts every time I pick up my saxophone has finally come true .
I write the lyrics to all of my songs. My music creation comes from many different influences. Grover Washington Jr, David Sanborn, Dexter Gordon, Nelson Rangell, and the late, great Art Porter. Those artists were all saxophonists that inspired me to work extremely hard to reach my musical goals.
City Nights is an original composition by Anthony Cannon featuring Anthony playing his Custom Silver Sax Dakota Straight Alto Saxophone. Special thanks to Keyboardist Dawoud Said playing the outstanding keyboard solo, and keyboardist ED Botts for smoothing out the bridge for us.
I find inspiration all around me. I strive to create music that represents who I am, and also my generation of great saxophonists. I love to perform in places where the audience is close, so they can feel the passion and love that I breathe into my music.
My music comes from the center of my heart. I pull from a long life of experiences, and like most people that includes moments of pure joy and some scattered with great sorrow. We all know that this is what 'Living Your Life Everyday' is all about. I have woven these moments of life into the fabric of my work.
If I touch someone's heart with my music, then all the long hours of practicing have not been in vain.
Anthony "Turk" Cannon