Mark Turnbull to play Paschal's

Paschal Winery and Morpheus Productions will present the stylings of guitar virtuoso Mark Turnbull, in an evening of music at the Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road in Talent, on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Turnbull's show will feature beloved classics from the Great American Songbook, along with his own critically-acclaimed songs and showmanship.

Turnbull was born in Glendale, Calif., into a show business family and made his professional acting debut at the age of five on "The Jimmy Durante Show" on CBS. After making his professional musical debut at 15 as guitarist for Glen Yarbrough, he quickly went on to be an opening solo act for Ian and Sylvia, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, the Dilliards, Muddy Waters and many more of the leading club and concert acts of the period.

In the next decade, he was nominated for a Grammy, made an album that was a Billboard Pick, and was named by F.M. and Fine Arts Magazine (along with Randy Newman, Laura Nyro and Bob Dylan) as "one of the finest songwriters of the time." Turnbull went on to become the creator of 14 cabaret reviews and more than a dozen original musicals, as well as a published musicologist, composer and playwright. In the course of his five-decade career, he's had his hand in almost every facet and genre of the musical arts and has honed his performance skills to an exquisite level. His performance of "Mark Turnbull and Friends — A One Man Show" was named "best one man show of 1994" by the Los Angeles Times.

In addition to his vast catalogue of original material, Turnbull pays virtuosic homage to the songwriters of Broadway's Golden Age.

Having been introduced to the songs of Rodgers and Hart by the man who also introduced this magical team to the world — Turnbull's own godfather, Sterling Holloway — Turnbull's depth of knowledge and expertise of this duo and other creators of the Great American Songbook (Porter, Gershwin, Loesser, etc.) is made apparent in his intimate renderings of these great songs. Sitting in on a few numbers will be local songstress Tami Marston.

To quote his most recent album liner: "If you call him a songwriter, you might miss the fact that he is also a lyricist and composer of musical theatre. If you call him a virtuoso guitarist, you might forget to listen to the beauty and power of his words. If you call him an actor, you might not notice the honesty of his storytelling. If you call him a poet, you might overlook his marriage of poetry with melody. The best way to listen to Mark Turnbull is with your heart. Words can deceive. His don't. They illuminate."

For more information, contact the Paschal Winery at 535-7957 or visit their Web site at

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