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You probably recognize him from the Saturday Night Live Band, but trombonist, composer, and conch shell player extraordinaire Steve Turre (pictured) is no mere television-studio fixture content to play incidental music. Nor is he some Doc Severinsen wannabe who’s all flash and showmanship. Turre is now poised to succeed the legendary J.J. Johnson as the leading jazz trombonist on the scene. Even before he launched his solo career in 1987, Turre’s extensive resume looked like a Who’s Who of jazz; it included stints with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Carlos Santana, Lester Bowie, Art Blakey, and Dizzy Gillespie, among a legion of others. And Turre’s coming of age in San Francisco’s eclectic music scene gave the trombonist a quick but extensive education in bebop, R&B, free jazz, and cubop. His latest album, In the Spur of the Moment, is a superb self-portrait in three contrasting colors: blues, Afro-Cuban jazz, and bebop. On Spur of the Moment’s blues suite, Turre finds himself in the company of one of his early mentors, Ray Charles. On the Afro-Cuban suite, Turre joins forces with Cuban piano maestro Chucho Valdes. And on the bebop suite, Turre himself plays mentor, welcoming the relative newcomer Stephen Scott to the piano chair. Check out the many moods of perhaps the world’s premier jazz trombonist at 8 p.m., 10 p.m., and midnight Saturday, Aug. 5, and 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. (202) 337-4141. (John Murph)