Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
- "WorldBeat Center Concert: Turiya Mareya & Friends" · Aug. 12, 2012
Influences: John Coltrane, Daniel Jackson, Nelson Pallemon
Texas-born pianist, composer, and longtime Latin music lover Turiya Mareya attended school at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y. She made her local mark in the early 1980s, playing with San Diego bass star Mark Dresser in their experimental jazz band Future Primitive and in various Tijuana-based dance bands.
Having left San Diego in 2002 to live in Canada, Alaska, and Span, she returned in summer 2012. In April 2014, Mareya left San Diego for a three year sojourn in Asia, going on to perform at venues in Okinawa, Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei, and Hong Kong.