Kirk Nurock

Kirk’s Contributions

01/13/10    Community Articles


Addressed to Jazz Improvisers (beginner, intermediate and advanced alike); from a collection in progress: "Finding Your Own Voice in Jazz Improvisation"

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About Kirk Nurock


Composer/pianist Kirk Nurock is refreshingly hard to pin down. He orchestrated for Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein, composed a work for 2O voices and 3 canines which he conducted at Carnegie Hall, and won a scholarship at age 16, awarded by Duke Ellington. Nurock's diverse compositions or arrangements have been performed or recorded by the likes of Nat Adderley, Jane Ira Bloom, David "Fathead" Newman, Tom Harrell, Dick Hyman, The Israel Philharmonic, Arnie Lawrence, Bobby Previte and Hank Jones. His long-time associations with vocalists Theo Bleckmann, Jay Clayton, Judy Niemack, Janis Siegel and Miles Griffith have led to a large body of "jazz-art" songs including settings of poetry by Shakespeare and Dickinson. A video documentary, “Animalsong” by Burrill Crohn, chronicles his compositions for human chorus and the animals of the Bronx Zoo. Nurock is also a prolific jazz pianist, performing and recording often as a soloist, in an offbeat style Keyboard Magazine called "joyously iconoclastic." A graduate of Juilliard, Nurock is on the composition faculty of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Kirk Nurock joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 13, 2010