Friday, May 13, 2016

South Florida JAZZ presents International Jazz Guitar Sensation Kurt Rosenwinkel

South Florida JAZZ!

May 14, 2016 ~ 8:00 PM
Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
(Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie)
 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 

South Florida JAZZ, the area’s premier modern jazz organization, is specially excited to present the Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd, Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($10 students with I.D.) and can be purchased from Ticketmaster either by calling 954.462.0222 or online at

There are artists who uphold what’s been defined in music and then there are those who do the defining. Guitarist, composer, and educator Kurt Rosenwinkel sits in the latter group. With a career spanning almost twenty-five years collaborating with dynamic peers like Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter; and esteemed jazz elders like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian and Gary Burton, Rosenwinkel’s indelible mark in music evolved from his intense immersion in the rich traditions of jazz. He elevated his own art to unpredictable and innovative heights, thereby evolving the jazz vocabulary in ways that perhaps no other guitarist has since his arrival.

Born in 1970 in Philadelphia, Rosenwinkel’s musical journey began early. The child of musical parents, he studied piano voraciously and began to develop his own musical voice, even writing and performing his first song by age nine. After a glissade to the guitar at age 12, Kurt soon became interested in jazz. It was while attending Creative and Performing Arts High School that his musical network included future stars Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (of The Roots). After a couple of years at Berklee College of Music, Gary Burton recruited him into his quartet that was known for launching guitarists’ careers. That led to extended gigs in other cutting edge New York bands like Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band. It was during this period that he refined his distinctive style, while acknowledging the influences John Coltrane and guitarists Pat Metheny, Alan Holdsworth, Tal Farlow and John Scofield on his personal development.

Rosenwinkel experienced pivotal developments as a sideman that prepared him to lead his own bands. Kurt fell in with the saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Ben Street and drummer Jeff Ballard, musicians who frequented Smalls jazz club in Greenwich Village. Together they would develop the sound that was an essential part of the musical landscape of their generation. Already an in-demand player, Kurt also became recognized for his writing, winning the Composer’s Award from the National Endowment for the Art. Kurt has carefully charted his musical course. While his overall discography is extensive, he has tended to be more circumspect about recording as a leader. Much of his music is original, but he has also performs standards and picks his sidemen very carefully to best express the current state of his ever-evolving musical journey.

Kurt Rosenwinkel – electric guitars
Aaron Parks – piano
Eric Revis – acoustic bass
Nasheet Waits - drums

This  concert is underwritten in part by a generous donation from Michele and Richard Cabrera.

Individual concert tickets can be purchased from the Broward Center box office at 954-462-0222, ext. 3 or online at All seating is reserved; garage parking is free courtesy of South Florida JAZZ.

The 2015-16 Concert Series Finale 
Performance commence at 8:00 p.m.

Steve Turre continues to win polls as a trombonist and several times on the seashells, as well, in the Miscellaneous Instrument category. The late Rahsann Roland Kirk, in whose band he played dating back to 1970, influenced him both musically and spiritually. It was Kirk who suggested incorporating shells into Turre’s musical arsenal.

A three-trombone frontline is featured in this thrilling tribute to legendary hard bop drummer and bandleader Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers of which Turre was a member. The band is composed of trombonists Robin Eubanks and Frank Lacy along with a driving rhythm section with pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Willie Jones IIITICKETS

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County 
Board of Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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