Curtis Nowosad

New videos!

I’ll be releasing some new videos over the next little while leading up to the release of my new album, Dialectics. The first one here was made possible by Manitoba Film and Music and FACTOR, and it is a live in-studio performance of Wayne Shorter’s “Speak No Evil,” which will be the opening track on the new album, and features Jimmy Greene, Derrick Gardner, Steve Kirby, and Will Bonness.

The second is a video of the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra reading through my composition, “Gleaning & Dreaming” for the first time back in December. Conducted by Jim McNeely and soprano saxophone solo by Matt Woroshyl. My quintet recorded a version of this tune in the summer, which will be released in March on my new album, Dialectics. Enjoy!




Curtis Nowosad – drums / Jimmy Greene – tenor & soprano saxophones / Derrick Gardner – trumpet / Steve Kirby – bass / Will Bonness – piano

To be released on Cellar Live Records on March 17th, 2015

All new original compositions and arrangements of the music of Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and more
Curtis Nowosad - Dialectics cover

Alex Goodman Trio in Winnipeg on 01/04/15

From New York, the Alex Goodman Trio will be making a special one-time appearance at Maw’s Eatery (111 Princess St.) in Winnipeg on Sunday, Jan. 4th, 2015! The award-winning guitarist will be joined by Winnipeg’s own Julian Bradford on bass, and Winnipeg-expat New Yorker Curtis Nowosad on drums, in one of only a few performances in Winnipeg over the holidays. It’s an event not to be missed!

Winner of both first prize and the Public’s Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as “the next big thing in the jazz world” (CityTV News), “a definite musical voice” (Guitar International), “sophisticated and accomplished” (The Toronto Star), as well as “genius” (La Presse, Montreal).

Alex has toured extensively and has performed at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Massey Hall in Toronto and ABC Studios in New York City. He has played and/or recorded with international jazz stars such as Charles Lloyd, Eric Harland, Gerald Clayton, Dick Oatts, Tim Ries, Rich Perry and John Riley as well as with the New York Ballet on guitar and the American Repertory Ballet on mandolin.
Alex is an accomplished composer with over one hundred original compositions and two film scores to his name. He was awarded the 2013 ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer Award and was a finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Classical Composer prize. He is releasing a book of solo guitar music in 2015 and has written extensively for string quartet, philharmonic orchestra, big band and various jazz ensembles.

Alex has released four albums as a leader, including “Bridges,” which was nominated for a JUNO award (Canadian Grammy) for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. The Ottawa Citizen recognized “Bridges” as one of the top ten Canadian jazz records of 2011, and honored Alex in the Article “Who makes the cutting edge for jazz in Canada?”

Upon completing his Bachelor of Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto he was honored as the first jazz musician to have been awarded the William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award for the “student deemed to have the greatest potential to make an important contribution to the field of music.” In addition to winning over a dozen other national and international music awards, Alex’s quintet was also a finalist in the 2011 Grand Prix de Jazz competition at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He is a graduate of the Master’s program at the Manhattan School of Music and currently resides in New York City where he performs regularly as a freelance musician.

New YouTube Videos!

It’s been a minute since I posted an update; it has been an incredible (and incredibly busy) six weeks! I will post a more complete summary of everything we are (and have been) up to, but in the meantime, here are some videos of myself and the band that have popped up on YouTube recently:

Manitoba Music Loft Sessions, Curtis Nowosad Quintet – Dialectics

Curtis Nowosad Quartet Live at the Streaming Café in Kelowna, BC, June 30, 2014

Curtis Nowosad performs with the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, New York, NY, April 28, 2014

Interview with Neil Coligan on Jazz After 9, Classic 107.1 FM in Winnipeg

Curtis Nowosad Quintet feat. Jimmy Greene at the 2014 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

I’m extremely excited to announce that the Curtis Nowosad Quintet will be one of the headlining artists in the Theatre Series at the 2014 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival! The band will be performing on June 16th at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and will feature Steve Kirby on bass, Derrick Gardner on trumpet, Will Bonness on piano, and special guest Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone! We will also be joined by a few other special guests, and $10 from every ticket will be donated to the Ana Grace Project. Click here to get all the details.

Curtis Nowosad Quartet Western Canada Tour

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Know-a-sad Music Announces the Curtis Nowosad Quartet Western Canada Tour



“From… drummer Curtis Nowosad comes a debut disc that begins by answering the burning musical question: What would it have sounded like if Art Blakey covered Michael Jackson?”

Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

New York, NY – Know-a-sad Music is thrilled to announce the upcoming Curtis Nowosad Quartet Western Canada Tour, in support of his debut album, The Skeptic & the Cynic, which will kick off on May 23, 2014, at the Yardbird Suite, in Edmonton, Alberta.

New York-based drummer, composer, and bandleader, Curtis Nowosad, has developed a reputation as a highly-skilled, versatile, and forward-thinking musician. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Curtis became recognized as the face of the new generation of jazz players in Winnipeg, and his quartet is one of the best in Canada, featuring two internationally-recognized New York ex-pats, Steve Kirby on bass, and Derrick Gardner on trumpet, along with virtuoso pianist Will Bonness.

The quartet is featured alongside tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene, pianist Taylor Eigsti, and other special guests, on The Skeptic & the Cynic, a collection of instrumental jazz covers by popular artists such as Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Black Star, and 2Pac, which are complemented by Curtis’ original compositions.

The complete tour dates are as follows:

May 23 – Edmonton, AB – The Yardbird Suite, 9pm

May 29 – Salmon Arm, BC – Shuswap Chefs (presented by Salmon Arm Jazz), 7pm

May 30 – Kelowna, BC – The Streaming Café, 7pm

May 31 – Vernon, BC – Vernon Jazz Club, 8pm

June 1 – Banff, AB – The Rose & Crown, 10:30pm

June 2 – Calgary, AB – Ironwood Stage & Grill, 8pm

June 5 – Kenora, ON – Bijou Steakhouse, 7pm

Know-a-sad Music is a record label and publishing company operated by New York-based drummer, Curtis Nowosad.  For more information, visit, follow him on Twitter (, ‘Like’ him on Facebook (, listen to his sounds on SoundCloud (, watch his videos on YouTube (, or purchase his music on BandCamp ( To purchase tickets, contact the venue in your city.




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Voting for the Julian Award of Excellence Opens Today!

Hello all,

I would first like to thank you all for your continuous love and support! I am happy to announce that The Skeptic & the Cynic has been nominated for the Julian Award of Excellence, and voting opens TODAY! The Julian Award is sponsored  by Peter Prentice, host of Jazz Spectrum, on CJSF 90.1 FM in the Metro Vancouver area, and in addition to the great honour it is to be nominated along so many great musicians, there is a cash prize for the top two winners!

Here is where you come in: voting is as easy as one click of a mouse, no need to sign up for anything. If you are so inclined, I would really appreciate your support in this endeavour. I have copied Mr. Prentice’s directions for voting below. You can vote using THIS LINK. If that does not work, try the directions below!

“People can vote by going to my Facebook page – Peter Prentice – There’s a picture of me in the studio holding a CD as well as a harmonica signed by Bob Dylan.  On my timeline I have provided a link to SurveyMonkey where people can vote.  There is one multiple choice question and each of your names. If you’ve used SurveyMonkey before, you know the drill. If people have trouble voting using SurveyMonkey, they can email me at this address and tell me their choice.  Remember, the more people you get to vote, the better your chances. I would like people to vote only once but I guess you can’t control that.

Voting is open until 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, January 28th.  I will announce the winners on the show on Wednesday, January 29th.  The Jazz Spectrum airs on CJSF 90.1 FM and is best heard by going to and clicking on Program Guide and following the links to Wednesday and the Jazz Spectrum.”

Thank you all for your time!

Feature Article in “On Manitoba” Magazine

Happy New Year! Here is a feature article on me from On Manitoba, the University of Manitoba’s alumni magazine.

Winnipeg Jazz Festival Bootleg Track “A Casual Test” on SoundCloud

Here is a bootleg recording of the Curtis Nowosad Quintet from our performance at the 2013 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, featuring my tune, “A Casual Test.” I hope you enjoy it!


Second article published in Drums Etc. Magazine

Here is a link to the second article I’ve had published in Drums Etc. Magazine, called “Getting Ready: A Guide to Prepare for College Auditions.”


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