Kirk Knuffke

Appearing in INSPIRED IMPROVISATION with Matt Wilson, trumpeter Kirk Knuffke 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 trio, with 3 recordings now available as a leader for the Cleanfeed and No Business labels.

Knuffke stays very busy as a member of the celebrated Matt Wilson Quartet, touring the US, performing and teaching.  Recent trips with Wilson brought Knuffke to play at Jazz at the Lincoln Centers Rose Hall with guest saxophonist Marshall Allen, and the 2010 New Port Jazz festival. Knuffke is also a long time veteran of Butch Morris’ groups, the Andrew D’angelo Big Band, Josh Roseman’s Extended Constellations, The Jeff Davis Band, Ideal Bread, Lilse Ellis, and Kenny Wollesen’s Wollesonic.

In 2009, Knuffke received a Jerome Foundation Composers grant though Roulette in New York City; the commissioned works of which were performed by a new trio with Kenny Wollesen and Lisle Ellis.  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.

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