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Side Door Jazz Club

85 Lyme Street

Old Lyme, CT 06371

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Zaccai Curtis - piano
Luques Curtis - bass
Antonio Hartt - alto sxophone
Josh Lawrence - trumpet
Mark Whitfield II - drums

Pianist Zaccai Curtis and his bassist brother Luques have played with many prominent jazz musicians, including trumpeters Christian Scott, David Weiss and Sean Jones, and pianist Orrin Evans. Though they maintain separate careers, they also work together as the Curtis Brothers. Their most recent release is 2019's Algorithm is their third album following 2012’s Completion Of Proof and 2017’s Syzygy. Algorithm features Jazz Messenger alums, trumpeter Brian Lynch, saxophonist Donald Harrison and drummer Ralph Peterson and was recorded here at Side Door Jazz Club and was released by Connecticut's Truth Revolution Records.


MORE ABOUT ZACCAI CURTIS

After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005, Zaccai Curtis moved to New York City where he performs regularly with artists such as: Donald Harrison, Cindy Blackman Santana, Eddie Palmieri, Christian Scott, Ralph Peterson, T.K. Blue, Brian Lynch, Ray Vega, and Eric Person amongst others. Curtis composes and arranges for his own quartet, trio, Big-Band and more. In 2003 he was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s competition and each year consecutively through 2006. Zaccai and his quartet were selected by the U.S. State Department to be in the American Music Abroad (Jazz Ambassadors) program twice in 2006. They performed in Bangladesh, Calcutta, Bangalore, Mumbai, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In 2007 Zaccai Curtis was awarded the ‘Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism’s Artist Fellowship’ for ‘original composition.’ In 2017 Curtis became a Chamber Music America: “New Jazz Works” grant recipient. Zaccai currently performs his own music with his group ‘Curtis Brothers Quartet’ and recently released his new album, Syzygy(2017) after three successful releases; ‘A Genesis,’ ‘Blood Spirit Land Water Freedom’ and ‘Completion of Proof.’ Zaccai, along with his brother Luques, has developed a recording collective (TRRcollective) of musicians that produce music on their own terms. He is proud to have been a producer for the GRAMMY nominated album (Entre Colegas 2016) released on the label (Truth Revolution Records/TRRcollective). Zaccai created the first ever music news app developed primarily for record labels: ‘The Riff: Music News’ available on iTunes and android.

MORE ABOUT LUQUES CURTIS

Luques Curtis studied at the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, Artist Collective, and Guakia with Dave Santoro, Volcan Orham, Nat Reeves, Paul Brown, and others. While attending high school, he was also very fortunate to study the Afro-Caribbean genre with bass greats Andy Gonzalez and Joe Santiago. Curtis earned a full scholarship to Berklee College Of Music in Boston. There he studied with John Lockwood and Ron Mahdi. While in Boston, he also worked with great musicians such as Gary Burton, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Christian Scott, and Francisco Mela. Luques was also a recipient of the prestigious Bunche Fellowship to attend the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Now living in the New York area, Curtis has been performing worldwide with Eddie Palmieri, Brian Lynch, Ralph Peterson, Christian Scott, Sean Jones, Orrin Evans, Stefon Harris, and others. He is the recent recipient of the 2016 DownBeat Rising Star Bassist on the Critics Poll. Co-owner of Truth Revolution Records, Luques contributed his talents to Brian Lynch’s Grammy winning album “Simpatico” and his Grammy nominated “Madera Latino” as well as Christian Scott’s Grammy nominated “Rewind That”. He also produced Grammy nominated “Entre Colegas” by Andy Gonzalez. Luques can be heard on Eddie Palmieri’s “Sabiduria”; Gary Burton “Next Generations”; Dave Valentin “Come Fly With Me”; Sean Jones “Roots”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Improvise”, and “The Search Within”; Albert Rivera’s “Re-Introduction”; Etienne Charles’ “Folklore”; Orrin Evans’ “Faith In Action”.

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