Saxophonist Mark Turner attended Cal State Long Beach, studying with Leo Potts, and the Berklee College of Music studying with George Garzone, Billy Pierce, and Joe Viola. Turner's saxophone sound is reminiscent of that of Warne Marsh, in that he often produces a somewhat dry, woody tone. He also has elements of John Coltrane in his playing.
He frequently collaborates with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Larry Grenadier, and Jeff Ballard, and has formed various collectives that include these musicians (M.T.B. and prominently, FLY).
He has also played with Jimmy Smith, Brad Mehldau, Peter Bernstein, Joshua Redman, Lee Konitz, John Patitucci, Tom Harrell, Paul Motion, Greg Osby, Dave Douglas, and Dave Holland, to name a few, and is currently a member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective. Turner has been on the Steinhardt Jazz Faculty since 2010.