Curtis Nowosad is a Winnipeg drummer and a recent graduate of the Jazz Studies degree program at the University of Manitoba, mentoring with master drummers Terreon Gully and Quincy Davis, and internationally-recognized jazz bassist and Director of Jazz Studies, Steve Kirby. He has already performed in club and concert settings nationally and in New York City with such world-class jazz musicians as Stefon Harris, Miguel Zenón, George Colligan, Anthony Wonsey, Dave Douglas, and Steve Wilson. A versatile musician, Curtis has also performed with smooth jazz artists Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Carol Welsman, Nick Colionne, Four80East, and Brian Hughes, country artists Chad Brownlee and Ali Fontaine, and hip hop groups Alfa and Magnum KI. He performs every Sunday at the King’s Head Pub in Winnipeg with All the King’s Men, a rock band featuring members of Loverboy and The Guess Who.
His eclectic musical taste is reflected in his debut album, The Skeptic & the Cynic, which was released in November 2012. The album showcases original compositions alongside Curtis’ arrangements of songs by Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, 2pac, and Black Star. The powerhouse band features Jimmy Greene on tenor saxophone, Derrick Gardner on trumpet, Will Bonness on piano and keyboards, Steve Kirby and Julian Bradford on bass, and Laurent Roy on guitar, with special guest and two-time Grammy nominee Taylor Eigsti on piano.