Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalKurt Rosenwinkel and OJM
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A native of the great jazz city of Philadelphia, Kurt Rosenwinkel studied at Berklee and gained his first formative professional experiences in bands led by Gary Burton and Paul Motian. He soon became a major force on the New York scene, gaining a reputation as an innovative bandleader, composer, and improviser. He displayed a strong command of jazz tradition and a great love of standard tunes, but also a determination to articulate his own language and create on his own terms. Following his early albums, East Coast Love Affair and Intuit, came four highly regarded discs on the Verve label: The Enemies of Energy, The Next Step, Heartcore, and Deep Song. In particular, Heartcore, coproduced by Q-Tip (formerly of A Tribe Called Quest), revealed Rosenwinkel's life of sonic exploration beyond the jazz realm. The Remedy preserves that aesthetic newness in the context of a live acoustic quintet. As he progressed steadily as a leader and sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, and Danilo Perez, Rosenwinkel also garnered impressive professional and critical acclaim. He now is a tenured professor at the Jazz Institute of Berlin.