Profile - Stewart Curtis

 

Photo of Stewart Curtis on clarinet
Stewart Curtis on clarinet
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 Artist: Stewart Curtis
 Born:  
 Active: 1980s onward
 Group Members:  
 Genre/s: 1) Jazz
2) World | Jewish
 Sub-Genre/s: 1) Contemporary, World Jazz
2) Contemporary, Klezmer, World Fusion
 Instrument/s: clarinet, saxophones, flute, piccolo, recorder
 Date Info First Pub'd: 2004/09/02 (upd. 2008/09) (upd. 2009/05, 2010/11)
 Based: London
 Contact: email
 Web Site: http://www.stewartcurtis.co.uk/
   
   
   

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Photo of Stewart Curtis, on tenor
  Stewart Curtis, here on tenor

 
Photo of Stewart Curtis on alto
Stewart Curtis on alto

Stewart Curtis graduated in jazz from City of Leeds College of music in 1982 and spent the early 80s touring and recording with Mari Wilson & the Wilsations. His many performing and recording credits through the 1980s to the noughties also include Percy Sledge, Nik Kershaw, Tracey Ullman, Selina Jones, Germaine Stewart, Glen Matlock (ex-Sex Pistols), Matt Bianco, Gregory Schechter's Festival Klezmer Band, and Orchestra Folia. The 90s saw Curtis performing in several West End shows, on numerous TV themes and in the house bands of Channel 4's Viva Cabaret and BBC1's Ben Elton Show. In 1992, following a spell with Gregory Schechter's Festival Klezmer Band, Curtis formed Stewart Curtis' Klezmer Groove, later known as Stewart Curtis' K-Groove, initially influenced by New York's Klezmatics, and combining his jazz background with his Jewish heritage. His numerous credits with K-Groove include an appearance in 1998 on Channel 4's arts programme The Warehouse, and supporting Nina Simone at the Royal Albert Hall the same year, as well as two CD albums, Too Loud For Dinner and Smoked Salmon Salsa. Stewart Curtis' other major recording credit is Saracubana - The Stewart Curtis Trio Plays B.B. Cooper.

Stewart Curtis' Klezmer Groove, or Stewart Curtis' K-Groove, is an outstanding band that essentially firmly fuses klezmer and latin grooves with jazz and featured an extraordinary frontline line-up in Stewart Curtis on saxes, clarinet and flutes, and Paul Jayasinha on trumpet and flugelhorn. The chemistry between the two players was volcanic, and it is a partnership that one would hope to see revived. The 2010 line-up of K-Groove consists of Curtis himself and Rob Terry, piano, Brad Lang, electric & string bass, Hans Ferrao, drums, Ronen Kozokaro, percussion, Rob Levy, electric & string bass, Eran Kendler, guitar, Mark Ridout, guitar, Quentin Collins, trumpet & flugelhorn, Dave Land, trumpet, Koby Israelite, accordion, Piotr Jordan, violin, and Paul Tkachenko, sousaphone & tuba. K-Groove also reveals Curtis as a highly original, witty and spirited composer and arranger. More recently, K-Groove has also performed as Stewart Curtis' K-Groove Quartet, drawing much acclaim from public and peers alike, including from fellow saxophonist Courteney Pine: "Great original modern day jazz big band music - makes me want to listen to it more than twice." Praise worth having, indeed!

Photo of Stewart Curtis, on flute
Stewart Curtis, on flute

In 2003, Stewart Curtis joined Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers in what has turned out to be yet another extraordinary world music/world jazz band. They have toured extensively, playing prestige venues such as London's South Bank (Purcell Room) and London's premier jazz club, the Pizza Express in Soho, and also recorded two albums so far, the latest, Reconciliation, having been released in early 2009.

Stewart Curtis is indisputably the finest multi-woodwind player of his generation, playing alto and tenor sax, clarinet, flute, piccolo, and recorder. Curtis' voice particularly on saxes is sometimes reminiscent of that cool smoothness of "LTD" Dexter Gordon and "The G-Man" Grover Washington Jr., both of whom he acknowledges as influences, but still remains distinctly his own. It is one of the two most distinctive and attractive in Britain today. Despite the differences in the instruments, this voice also carries across to his clarinet, flute, piccolo, and even recorder. On flutes in particular, I have yet to hear his equal in this country today. His piccolo - not one of my favourite instruments normally, admittedly - is positively sexy, almost outrageously so, and what Stewart Curtis draws out of the humble recorder absolutely beggars belief.

Combine Curtis' remarkable instrumental prowess with his prodigious jazz chops and you have the makings of a veritable multi-woodwind phenomenon. And Stewart Curtis hasn't even begun to stretch himself to the limit.

2010 has at last seen the release of a new Stewart Cutis' K-Groove album, I Can't Hear U When U Shout, Curtis' finest so far and brim-full with irresistible grooves.
 

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Photo of Stewart Curtis, on piccolo
Stewart Curtis, on his incomparable piccolo


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Album Cover - I Can't Hear U When U Shout
I Can't Hear U When U Shout

Album Cover - Too Loud For Dinner
Too Loud For Dinner
 
  Album Cover - Smoked Salmon Salsa
Smoked Salmon Salsa

Album Cover - Saracubana
  Saracubana

Discography

Albums


1995 Too Loud For Dinner (as Stewart Curtis' Klezmer Groove)
          (Oom-Cha Productions/Grapevine/Polygram MSPCD9503)

2000 Smoked Salmon Salsa (as Stewart Curtis' K-Groove)
           (33 Records 33Jazz053)

2002 Saracubana - The Stewart Curtis Trio Plays B.B. Cooper
          (as Stewart Curtis Trio) (33 Records 33JAZZ071)

2010 I Can't Hear U When U Shout (33Records 33JAZZ207)
 

 

Singles

 

Appears on
 

2007 Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers - Walking The Thin Line
           (33 Records - 33WM143)

2009 Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers - Reconciliation (Tzadik)


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Album Cover - Walking The Thin Line
Walking The Thin Line

Album Cover - Reconciliation
Reconciliation
 

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See also separate profile of Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers

See also album and gig reviews with Daphna Sadeh & The Voyagers
 

 

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