Curtis Nowosad

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.”


Farewell 274 now available for streaming on SoundCloud and pre-order on BandCamp!

Hi all,

The Farewell 274 compilation album is now available to stream for a limited time only on SoundCloud, and it is available for pre-order on BandCamp (you can order the Skeptic & the Cynic there too!). The album is being released one week from today, on TUESDAY, JULY 16th, at the CCFM (340 Provencher Blvd.) in Winnipeg, at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and they are available at Music Trader (97 Osborne St.), Into the Music (245 McDermot Ave.), or by emailing If you pre-ordered a CD, I have likely already gotten in touch with you, and if you pre-ordered a download, I’ll be in touch later today. Anyway, check out the music below!

First track from “Farewell 274: Winnipeg’s Jazz Community Celebrates Aqua Books” now up on SoundCloud!

Here is the first track released from the live compilation album “Farewell 274: Winnipeg’s Jazz Community Celebrates Aqua Books,” to be released on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at the Centre-Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Tickets are $10 and available at Into the Music, Music Trader & by email at

Sheena Rattai – vocals
Aaron Shorr – guitar
Will Bonness – piano
Karl Kohut – bass
Curtis Nowosad – drums

Produced by Curtis Nowosad.
Engineered, mixed & mastered by Paul Yee [Sublime Sonic Moment].

Spread the word and let me know what you think!

RBC On The Rise Award

On Thursday, I won the RBC On the Rise Award from Winnipeg Arts Council and Royal Bank of Canada, at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts. I am very humbled to receive an honour of this kind from my home community, before I make the move to New York in the fall. Winnipeg truly does take care its own. Here is an article about the event from the Winnipeg Free Press, and a photo of me with the award.

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