• 8/29/2019 ~ Curtis Haywood

    Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Haywood’s early love for music eventually led to his being chosen from some 5,000 candidates to attend New York’s prestigious High School for the Performing Arts. He went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied audio engineering. He counts among his musical influences Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Garrett, and the aforementioned namesake, “King Curtis”.
    Haywood’s work with his former jazz fusion group, Joshua, has led him to perform at the New Artist showcase at Capital Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., on the Christmas Holiday Tour with Grammy Award Winners “Take 6” at the International African Arts Festival in New York City and at B. Smith’s Rooftop Café, for their CD release and several shows. Finally, Joshua’s self-released CD gained airplay on NYC’s premier and only smooth jazz station CD101.9. In addition, he has performed on the stage or on the same bill with the following: Melissa Morgan, Ray Goodman and Brown, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes & The Intruders, The Temptations Review (with Dennis Edwards,) and The Temptations (with Otis Redding), Kirk Franklin, Sounds of Blackness and The Noel Pointer Band in concert with Dave Valentine.
    “Branford Jazz is an open but yet intimate setting that’s full of warmth welcoming Lovers of Jazz,” said Haywood. “Performing at the 2019 Branford Jazz Series is proof that the Law of attraction is working again for me. The first time I came up was as a spectator, the second time was to visualize myself performing here and now it’s come to past.”