The Artistry of… Kurt Rosenwinkel

He is a proud native of the city of Philadelphia, a proud alumnus of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Imagine the artistic audacity of leaving a storied school of music after the first half of your third year and doing so because you were going to go on tour with the school’s dean. That audacity was Rosenwinkel’s. He attended Berklee for two and a half years before leaving in his third year to tour with Gary Burton, who was the school’s dean. The audacity paid off.

Rosenwinkel ended up playing in bands like Human Feel, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and the Brian Blade Fellowship. Very much a part of the necessary and natural wave that sees the blending and weaving of fabricated musical genres, he collaborated with Q-Tip, the American rapper, record producer, singer, actor and DJ also known as The Abstract, known for his jazz-influenced hip-hop production.

Audacity. Where would the arts be without the beautiful healthy doses?

The Artistry of… airs Wednesday evenings on Dinner Jazz with John Devenish.