Kurt back in the US – and Asia

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel finished off 2013 on an incredible high – participating in the Kennedy Center Honors awarded to Herbie Hancock and held at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. The tribute was put together by Terence Blanchard and had Kurt perform with Chick Corea, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joshua Redman as well as Snoop Lion (!) and others, and was broadcast by CBS on Dec. 29. You can watch it here. Kurt’s performance begins about 2:20min into the video with his solo on Herbie’s “Watermelon Man”. President Obama & Michelle plus many other dignitaries were in the audience for these performances!

For his first performances in 2014 Kurt will be bringing his New Quartet back to US to begin a 5 day run at the Jazz Standard starting Wednesday January 8 and through Sunday January 12 (during APAP), as well as to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on January 16 – Kurt’s first performance in the city he grew up in for quite a while! The Kimmel Center performance will feature Mike Boone & his Quartet as well – Mike is one of Kurt’s best musical friends from Philly, and was a big part in his early growth as a musician, and Kurt invited Mike to be part of this event.

The New Quartet will perform songs from Kurt’s 2012 Wommusic release “Star of Jupiter“, but will also include some new compositions that the public haven’t heard before. It features a cast of characters that are all well-established band leaders in their own right. Pianist Aaron Parks (who also performed the Kennedy Center Honors) recently released a beautiful solo album on ECM entitled “Arborescence” that you can check out here. And bassist Eric Revis has received a lot of critical acclaim for his recent album “City of Asylum“, plus he co-leads another great band called Tarbaby that you should definitely also give a listen. Drummer Kendrick Scott has been known for a while as a great band leader & composer and has released what has to be one of the best albums in 2013 called “Conviction” with his band known as Kendrick Scott Oracle – listen here.

If we were to point to what is a common denominator between these 4 jazz greats, it is integrity, experience, roots, passion and a complete commitment to always putting the music first without any compromise whatsoever. And they all tell a story with every note they play. They are all veterans by now, firmly established as representing the vanguard on their respective instruments, and all with their own personal fanbases all over the globe!

Besides the US dates we are also building a New Quartet tour in Asia in March of 2014 which will include 2 nights at the Cotton Club in Tokyo on March 4+5 and on March 7 the first performance that Kurt has ever played in Singapore at the Mosaic Music Festival located at the Esplanade right in the center of the Singapore Marina – hard to imagine more impressive surroundings! More Asia dates may still be added, and a European tour dates are to follow in May.

Oh and did you get a chance to watch Kurt perform with Eric Clapton onstage at the Madison Square Garden as part of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival? If not then you can purchase the wonderful DVD & CD – the DVD has a performance of Kurt and Clapton that’s not on the CD!

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