A native of Colorado trumpeter Kirk Knuffke made the move to NYC in 2005. Kirk currently works with The Matt Wilson Quartet, Butch Morris, Ideal Bread, Josh Roseman, Ideal Bread, Andrew D'angelo and Kenny Wollesen. Performance venues including Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium and Jazz at the Licoln Center’s Rose Hall, The Newport Jazz Festival, and The North Sea Jazz Festival. Kirk’s has studied privately with Ron Miles, Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis. In 2009 Kirk received a composers grant from the Jerome Foundation. Kirk leads or co-leads groups that have recorded for record labels; Cleanfeed in 2008 and 2010, SteelpleChase 2009 and 2011 and No Business. He has recorded as a sideman on labels: Sony/BMG, nublu, Cuneiform, KMB, and Loyal Label.
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Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene.
Peter Marasak Downbeat Magazine