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.