Before & After with Kirk Knuffke

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Jazz Times

By Ted Panken Kirk Knuffke (photo: Madeleine Ventrice-Knuffke) A Venn diagram of Kirk Knuffke’s musical production would be complicated to decipher. Born and raised in Colorado, mentored by the late Ron Miles, Knuffke moved to New York in 2005 and quickly infiltrated the scene. During the ensuing 17 years, the 42-year-old cornetist/trumpeter—whose NYC mentors include Ornette Coleman, Butch Morris, and Wynton Marsalis—has brought his pellucid, full-bodied tone, melodic deftness, and conceptual acumen to two dozen or so albums as leader and collaborator, plus another few dozen as a sideman, mane…

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