Curtis Nowosad

Dialectics Bonus Track and DownBeat’s Best of 2015!

Happy Holidays!

I’m happy to see that Dialectics has been included in DownBeat Magazine’s Best of 2015 List! To celebrate this holiday season I would like to release this special bonus track from Dialectics, called Gray Is the Way. It features the usual suspects from the album (Jimmy Greene, Derrick Gardner, Steve Kirby, and Will Bonness). Please check it out and let me know what you think!


(PS: the page from January’s issue of DownBeat, as well as the original review from April are both included below)

















3 Large Ensemble Arrangements

Here are three videos of large ensemble arrangements I’ve done over the last year, two for studio orchestra and one for big band. These videos are taken from three different reading sessions; all three of these original compositions are available on my album Dialectics, but have been expanded here. Reconciliation features Jimmy Greene as a soprano saxophone soloist.

Curtis Nowosad Quintet Canadian Tour 2015

DIALECTICS is now available!

Dialectics Cover 400x400

DIALECTICS, the sophomore album from Curtis Nowosad, is now available!

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Available March 17th, 2015 on Cellar Live records.

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

DownBeat Magazine gives it 4.5/5 stars!

Downbeat review

Dialectics drops tomorrow! Stream for a limited time!

Dialectics drops tomorrow, March 17th, 2015! You can stream the full album for a very limited time on SoundCloud, and please consider pre-ordering it on iTunes or on CD from Cellar Live


DIALECTICS is now available for pre-order on iTunes!

At long last, Curtis Nowosad’s new album DIALECTICS is now available for pre-order on iTunes!

If you prefer CDs, you can pre-order them from!

Dialectics recently received a glowing, 4 1/2 star from DownBeat Magazine!

Downbeat review










Here is a video of the lead track from the album, Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil!


For Immediate Release

 ON MARCH 17, 2015

Artist: Curtis Nowosad Title: Dialectics Release Date: March 17, 2015

Catalogue Number: CL010115 Bar Code: 888295164979 Label: Cellar Live

Featuring: Curtis Nowosad/drums, Jimmy Greene/tenor and soprano saxophones,
Derrick Gardner/trumpet, Steve Kirby/bass, Will Bonness/piano.

Recorded at: Musirex Studios, Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 17 & 18, 2014.

Engineered & Mixed by: Laurent Roy at Musirex Studios, Winnipeg.
Mastered:  Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, NYC.
Produced: Curtis Nowosad

Cover Photo: Rachel Boese.
Inside Photo: Lindsey Bond.
Design & layout: Ian Hendrickson-Smith.

1. Speak No Evil, 5:44 (Wayne Shorter)
2. Empirically Speaking, 5:43 (Curtis Nowosad)
3. Dialectics,  8:00 (Curtis Nowosad)
4. 159 & St. Nick, 3:38 (Curtis Nowosad)
5. A Casual Test, 5:08 (Curtis Nowosad)
6. Reconciliation, 3:07 (Curtis Nowosad)
7. Bye-Ya, 5:08 (Thelonious Monk)
8. Gleaning & Dreaming, 6:57 (Curtis Nowosad)
9. I Remember You, 4:43 (Victor Schertzinger/Johnny Mercer).

Monday, February 9, 2015 – New York, New York.

Winnipeg-raised, New York-based jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Curtis Nowosad presents his sophomore album Dialectics, a collection of dynamic and swinging original compositions by Nowosad, as well as selected interpretations of music by Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Mercer/Schertzinger. Dialectics is Nowosad’s debut recording on the renowned Canadian jazz label Cellar Live and will be released on March 17, 2015. The album release will be celebrated with a series of concerts and touring activities, starting with a Canadian launch event at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 20, 2015.

Dialectics features Curtis Nowosad on drums, the world-renowned tenor saxophonist Jimmy Greene, Canadian pianist Will Bonness, and Canadian-based, New York expatriates, bassist Steve Kirby and trumpeter Derrick Gardner. The album was produced by Nowosad and recorded at Musirex Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Earlier this year, it wasfeatured as one of “Fourteen jazz cds to look forward to in early 2015”  by Peter Hum of The Ottawa Citizen.

The album, which explores the power of language and the pursuit of truth, is a follow-up to Curtis Nowosad’s 2012 debut independent recording, The Skeptic & the Cynic, a showcase of his original compositions and inventive arrangements that put a unique stamp on a variety of contemporary-popular music hit songs. It was critically acclaimed, and rose to the #1 position on the !earshot Canadian national jazz chart. Nowosad toured across Canada in support of the album, including performances at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, Ottawa International Jazz FestivalWinnipeg Jazz Festival and more.

In 2013, Curtis Nowosad relocated to New York as a graduate student and Fellow of the Jazz Institute at Manhattan School of Music. Before this move, he was recognized as one of the faces of the new generation of jazz players in Canada. He received several awards and scholarships such as the Keep an Eye Jazz Award at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam; twice selected to participate in the Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, and plays in various ensembles including the Grammy-nominated MSM (Manhattan School of Music) Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Bobby Sanabria, and has recorded and performed with a variety of world-class jazz musicians.

Dialectics will be released internationally on compact disc and digitally on the Cellar Live label on March 17, 2105. The Canadian launch event will take place on March 20, 2015 atthe West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, featuring Curtis Nowosad on drums, Jon Gordon on alto saxophone, Derrick Gardner on trumpet, bassist Steve Kirby, and Will Bonness on piano. For information and tickets:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

Produced with the participation of Manitoba Film and Music.


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New Drum Video! Doudou N’Diaye Rose’s “Cheikh Anta Diop”

New video! My drum set adaptation of the Master Senegalese sabar drummer Doudou N’Diaye Rose’s “Cheikh Anta Diop” from his 1994 album and DVD “Djabote,” recorded on Gorée Island in 1991. Many thanks to Taylor Eigsti, Jason Moran, Marc Cary, and Tarus Mateen for hipping me to this incredible music and thanks to John Riley for pushing me to get this recorded! Hope you enjoy it!

“Dialectics” Canadian Album Launch
  in Winnipeg on March 20, 2015

©Rachel Boese

©Rachel Boese

Curtis Nowosad Returns Home to Celebrate the Release of “Dialectics”- Friday, March 20th at the West End Cultural Centre.

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, Curtis became recognized as the face of the generation of jazz players in Winnipeg, playing in a variety of situations as well as lending his talents to other genres. He has performed in club and concert settings with such world-class jazz musicians as Stefon Harris, Miguel Zenon, George Colligan, Anthony Wonsey, Dave Douglas and Steve Wilson.

His debut album, The Skeptic & the Cynic, released in late 2012, spent two weeks at #1 on the !earshot Canadian Jazz Charts. A recipient of several awards and scholarships, Curtis performed at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, as a recipient of the Keep an Eye Jazz Award.

Curtis is releasing his latest album Dialectics and will be performing with:
Derrick Gardner – trumpet
Jon Gordon – alto saxophone
Steve Kirby – bass
Will Bonness – piano

Buy tickets HERE.

“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

With help from our partners and sponsors Assiniboine Credit Union, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, The Fairmont Winnipeg and The Government of Manitoba.

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!

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