Human Feel featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Andrew D’Angelo and Jim Black; Monday, June 30, 2014

Human Feel featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel,
Chris Speed, Andrew D’Angelo and Jim Black
Monday, June 30, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Founded in 1987 by drummer Jim Black and saxophonists Andrew D’Angelo and Chris Speed (joined by guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel in 1990), Human Feel balances delicate lyricism and sheer power, order and chaos, discipline and anarchy. In its early days, Human Feel became one of the pivotal bands in New York’s “downtown” scene; where John Zorn, Paul Motian and others counted themselves as devotees and hired the band’s members for their own groups. Combining jazz virtuosity with curiosity and an explorative spirit, Human Feel has provided a common link between countless styles and many musicians. The quartet play sparkling, angled jazz with jazz-rock energy, improvisers’ intuition, and contemporary chamber music chops.

Though founded in Seattle, it was in New York City where Human Feel quickly ascended the ranks becoming a crucial player in the city’s musical community…especially the downtown scene centered around venues such as The Knitting Factory and The Kitchen.  Human Feel’s roster of musicians all made their mark amongst, and by playing with, many of the scene’s most notable musicians, such as Zorn, Tim Berne and Dave Douglas.  Their NYC salad days culminated with the release of the highly influential album Speak To It in 1996.

In the years since, the members of Human Feel have gone on to become greatly revered by the younger generation of musicians who followed suit.  Seattle-born Black is a Berklee alum who has straddled the worlds of jazz and post-rock.  The current Brooklynite is also a part of the acclaimed group BBC, which features Tim Berne and Nels Cline of Wilco.  D’Angelo was also first met Speed and Black in Seattle and is known for his aggressive tone and improvisational style.  Aside from Human Nature, he was worked closely with cellist Erik Friedlander and drummer Matt Wilson.  Originally a clasiccaly trained clarinetist and pianist, Speed has become a notable name on the free jazz scene and works with numerous avant-jazz groups.  Particularly notable is the career of Rosenwinkel, who has become one of the world’s most influential jazz guitarists, noted for his atmospheric tone and spacious solos.  Since he joined Human Feel, Rosenwinkel has gone on to play with Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Joe Henderson, Gary Burton and numerous others,

When Human Feel reunited for Galore, the music reflected such recent developments while still maintaining that initial fiery and creative spark.  Human Feel is a group that still has new things to say and new ways to deliver, they remain a touchstone of small-group collaboration, and their approaches influenced rising jazz experimenters the world over.

Human Feel featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel

DATE:  Monday, June 30, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $27/Door; 1/2 Price Night for Students (Tickets at the door only)
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Anders Chan
(212) 532-6404

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