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Curtis Nowosad

Articles by Curtis Nowosad

dreamscapes  -  [ September/October 2014: Chick Corea ]

Pedrito Martinez Group

If you ever find yourself in New York City on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, take a walk down 8th Ave from Columbus Circle, and stop in to Guantanamera, a Cuban restaurant featuring one of the baddest bands in New York, The Pedrito Martinez Group. Pedrito is one of the world’s pre-eminent congueros and batá […]

brilliant corners  -  [ May/June 2013: George Benson ]

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking musicians of today. Perhaps best-known for his collaborations with Vijay Iyer and more recently with Jack DeJohnnette, Mahanthappa has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and various prestigious commissions. On top of this, he was named alto […]

May/June 2013: George Benson  -  [ tune-up ]

Jazz Ahead!

In March, I was fortunate to be one of two dozen musicians under the age of twenty-five attending Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Betty Carter’s band has long been known as a finishing school for young jazz musicians, particularly rhythm section players. Active since 1955, Carter is […]

November/December 2012: Cyrille Aimée  -  [ tune-up ]

Dafnis Prieto: Making It Count

The 2012-13 Asper series began this September with a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. The band was fantastic, and made up mostly of people who have been to Winnipeg before—Marcus Printup on trumpet, Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone, Ed Simon on piano, and Winnipeg’s own Steve Kirby on the bass. The drummer was the only newcomer: […]

September/October 2012: The Bad Plus  -  [ straight up ]

The Bad Plus: Doing the Math

The Bad Plus are one of the most important jazz groups of the past decade. Over the last eleven years, they have developed and re-developed a distinctive piano trio sound that draws influence from the entire jazz canon, as well as contemporary classical music, and modern rock and pop groups. Some of the artists they […]

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