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Curtis Nowosad

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.

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“From 24-year-old Winnipeg-based drummer Curtis Nowosad comes a debut disc that begins by answering the burning musical question: What would it have sounded like if Art Blakey covered Michael Jackson?”

Peter Hum –, The Ottawa Citizen

“[The Skeptic & the Cynic is] Eclectic? Yes, and all tied together by an inventive mind and superb musicianship.”

Charlene Diehl – dig! Magazine

“It’s hard to listen to live music in Winnipeg without running across drummer Curtis Nowosad.”

Chris Smith – Winnipeg Free Press

“Nowosad’s command of the drums displays his skills for subtlety and nuance, as well as strong fluidity when he gets into a groove.”

Shaleem Hosein – Triniman Blog, The Seattle Post Intelligencer

“Since he started playing music professionally at the age of 18, Nowosad has made a name for himself as one of Winnipeg’s premier drummers.”

Aaron Epp – The Uniter

“Upon the foundations of established killer tracks, [Curtis Nowosad’s] group constructed sparkling new edifices

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Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Bachelor of Jazz Studies, University of Manitoba, 2011. $40/hr

Clinic/Workshop Information

I work with small jazz ensembles, big bands, and drummers.


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