At 9 months old, William Kurk was already banging on the drums. His father was an accomplished drummer/teacher around Chicago, while his mother was a staff writer with Curtom records, as well as a bassist/singer among greats like Jerry Butler, Bobby Hutton, and Ray Charles. Grandmother, Lena Mclin, is a world-reknowed educator/composer who has several works published under Kjos music in San Diego, and has taught a great number of first class vocal talent. The great-uncle, Thomas A. Dorsey, is the inventor/pioneer of Gospel music, fusing blues, jazz, and sacred songs stylings to create the phenomenon we know as gospel today.
In 2005 he started the William Kurk Enterprise Band and continued to explore his original works at live performances and workshops related to his works.
William has performed with The Dells, Chico DeBarge, Jon Faddis, Martha Reeves, Frank McComb, KRS-ONE, Kindred the Family Soul , and Stanley Jordan among other notable artists. Studio credits include his two albums (The Sound: Volume 1+2), Melba Moore, Common, Anthony Nicholson, and Seal among many. A notable side project for William is “Black Slang”, featuring Corey Wilkes, Junius Paul, Anthony Kapers, Yaw, Kevin Nabors, and Phenom.
A musical director, composer, arranger, and performer the “quadruple threat” continues his rise in the Jazz world.
William Kurk will be the featured performer at Hot Nights…Cool Jazz. This Saturday night at Ai Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Lounge 358 West Ontario the event starts at 9PM. For more information visit www.hotnights.eventbrite.com