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Fresh off their inaugural album, Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson are set for six performances at Spoleto Festival USA / Charleston Post and Courier

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Monk and Coltrane. Hancock and Shorter. Fitzgerald and Armstrong. Jazz has a long tradition of legendary duos. Now, saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson are looking to place their own stamp on jazz royalty. Fresh off the release of their inaugural album "Temporary Kings," Turner and Iverson are tapping into a format that will allow them to learn more about themselves and each other as musicians. This week, they'll be sharing the fruits of their studies over the course of six performances at Spoleto Festival USA.

Larry Blumenfeld, jazz writer for the Wall Street Journal and jazz programming advisor to Spoleto Festival USA, said the timing of these performances couldn't be any better. "These two musicians are in a really good spot to do this," Blumenfeld said. "They're established, they have identities and they want to push in different directions. The duet platform is a really good opportunity to have a conversation with the audience, with each other, and not be trapped in one style."

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