Kirk Knuffke Trio

Thursday, March 19, 2009. 8:30 pm

“A trumpeter of open-ended perspective”. “Kirk Knuffke has found solid footing”
–The New York Times

Kirk Knuffke will present all new compositions for this special concert with an all new trio with Kenny Wollesen (drums) and Lisle Ellis (bass).

Originally from Colorado, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has been based in New
York City since 2005. Kirk has studied improvisation with great jazz
artists Ornette Coleman, Art Lande and Ron Miles. He currently leads
his own groups, including the Kirk Knuffke Quartet and a Sextet with
Butch Morris. Although trumpeter Kirk Knuffke is a fresh face to the
international jazz scene, he has been remarkably active in the last few
years. Besides his work a member of Butch Morris’ Orchestra Slang, the
Nublu Orchestra, Jeff Davis Band, Ideal Bread, and Kenny Wollesen’s
Wollesonic, he has played on stage or recorded with, among others,
Graham Haynes, Eddie Henderson, Daniel Carter, John Zorn, Tony Malaby,
Dave Douglas, Briggan Krauss, and Steven Bernstein. “Big Wig” was
Knuffke’s debut record, released in May of 2008 on Clean Feed Records
and greeted with strong international reviews. Knuffke is both a
composer and musician with a wide appreciation for jazz artists of
 varying styles and periods, which is demonstrated in his distinctive
and honest sound. It has been said there is a Chet Baker-like sweetness
in his playing. “Open” and “straight-ahead” are terms that
simultaneously apply to the work of Kirk Knuffke.  Knuffke’s
recognition as a composer is demonstrated in the reviews of “Big Wig”
and the receipt of the Jerome Foundation Composers Grant though
Roulette in New York City; the commissioned works of which will be
performed at Roulette with a new trio in the spring of 2009. Knuffke
has also made appearances in venues outside the traditional New York
jazz scene, including work with pop artist Josh Ritter on Sony Records. Internationally, he has played with ensembles at jazz festivals in
Saalfeldan (Austria) Willisau (Switzerland), The North Sea Jazz
festival in Holland as well as festival dates in Italy and France. Â
Other current work includes, playing the tunes of Thelonius Monk and
Duke Ellington in a duet with pianist Jesse Stacken their first cd will be released on SteepleChase records this summer.


Kirk Knuffke at Roulette 2009