Houston's jazz scene lost one of its most venerable and visible figures when Ben "Scatman" Turner passed away late last month. The octogenarian was a fixture at area clubs for decades, first as a drummer and later as a patron and singer. His identity in the scene loomed so large that his mere presence in the audience gave a show credibility. If he got up on the bandstand and scatted a number or two, he brought the house down. Not bad for someone who wasn't... More >>>
After a stroke paralyzed his right side, Ben Turner (right) left his seat behind the kit for a prime spot in the audience.