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Kurt Rosenwinkel

1970 -

Origin: United States

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genre: Jazz

Since Philadelphia native Kurt Rosenwinkel was first invited on tour by his dean, vibraphonist and jazz icon Gary Burton, in 1991 - prior even to finishing his degree at Berklee College of music - he has left an indelible mark on today’s jazz as a guitarist, a composer and a bandleader. Kurt’s first album as a leader, East Coast Love Affair (1996), featured bassist Avishai Cohen and his subsequent work with Mark Turner, Ben Street and Jeff Ballard, which culminated in his breakthrough album The Next Step (2001), became a modern touch stone for aspiring jazz musicians. Since then, Kurt’s stature has only grown, as exemplified by Eric Clapton inviting him to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Madison Square Garden in 2013, and pronouncing him a genius. His latest album, Star of Jupiter (2012) features his New Quartet performing 12 original Kurt compositions.


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