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  • Writer's pictureRosie G.

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Jazz guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel says that he plays until he finds something he can develop. This strategy has played well for this talented jazz composer who likes to give room to stretch out while performing with other jazz musicians. A native of Pennslyvania he started taking guitar lessons early at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and went to Berklee College of Music but didn't complete his studies to go on tour. When an opportunity comes up you must take advantage of it or you might regret it later.

Since that time he has played with the best of the best in Jazz from Joe Henderson, Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, and more.

He not only plays guitar but is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, and record label

owner. Kurt Rosenwinkel like many musicians does not limit himself to just jazz music he has also collaborated with hip-hop artist, Q-Tip on his albums The Renaissance and Kamaal/TheAbstract. He has also played with rock legends Eric Clapton and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame. He says he was influenced by such artists as John Coltrane, Bud Powell, David Bowie, Charlie Paker, Alex Lifeson, and more. He made his debut in 1996 with the album, East Coast Love Affair, and my favorite song Lazy Bird is from the album. Since then he has recorded several albums as a leader

and recently released his latest, The Chopin Project in collaboration with acclaimed Swiss pianist, Jean PaulBrodbeck. On this new album, they reinterpret Chopin's music for a jazz quartet.

The album was released on his record label Heartcore Records which he started in 2016. Check out this super-talented guitarist/composer who is on tour and will perform for 6 nights here in NYC at the Village Vanguard. Support independent music and musicians. Happy listening!

Prelude in E-flat minor(Op. 28, No.14)



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