Heather Bambrick is a musician and the host of The Heather Bambrick Show and Jazzology on JAZZ.FM91

Drummer, composer, educator and bandleader Curtis Nowosad has had stints playing with some of the finest musicians in the business, including Jimmy Owens, Kenny Barron, David Liebman and others.

While he was born and raised in Winnipeg, he’s called New York City home for several years. More specifically, Harlem is the area where he’s hung his hat for the last half-decade or so.

In that time, he’s released critically acclaimed recordings and has established himself as not only one of the leading voices of today’s young jazz movement, but also as a musician with a particular perspective and conscience.

Currently touring in support of his new self-titled recording, Nowosad joined us to talk about how he brought political activism into his music, and how moving from Canada to the U.S. opened his eyes to the reality of being black in America