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Jazz Guitar Virtuoso Kurt Rosenwinkel to Perform at USU

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Kurt Rosenwinkel, American jazz guitarist and keyboardist, will perform as part of the Utah State University Caine College of the Arts Visiting Artists and Scholars Series Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center.

“Kurt has been an innovative voice in the world of jazz for more than two decades,” said Corey Christiansen, director of guitar studies in the Caine College of the Arts at USU. “His sound and approach to improvisation and composition has influenced countless guitarists around the world. It’s incredible that we are able to bring him here for a day of workshops and a concert. Our students are very fortunate to be able to work with Kurt and share in his knowledge and experience.”

In Rosenwinkel’s career, he has worked with dynamic peers including Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Chris Porter and esteemed jazz elders like Joe Henderson, Paul Motian and Gary Burton. Rosenwinkel’s indelible mark in music is the consummation of being steeped in the rich and deep traditions of jazz, springing off the shoulders of such vital underpinnings to elevate his own art to new heights, evolving the language in a way no other guitarist has since his arrival.      

“Bringing artists to our campus makes them feel ‘real’ to our students,” Christiansen said. “Hopefully, seeing and learning from artists of this caliber up close will inspire our students and help them understand and believe that they are capable of doing great things with the right work ethic.”

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 seniors, $10 youth and USU faculty and staff, and free for USU students with ID. For more information and tickets, visit the CCA Box Office located in room L-101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022 or go online at

Writer and contact: Whitney Schulte,, 435-797-9203

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