Musically speaking, I released my second full length record, Tourist, and got the opportunity to tour the country supporting the record. I saw a lot of familiar faces at shows both in and outside of Colorado, and met plenty of new people along the way.
So with the holiday season in full swing, I wanted to give you some free music by clicking HERE, and also clicking HERE. A lot of people have been asking since my last holiday release when I was going to record some more holiday music. So I recently went into the studio recorded some more, which I’m calling Wondering Winterland.
NUSKOOL 2013 Midwest Tour is less than 2 weeks away! We hope to see you at one of these shows very soon. Please spread the word to any friends, family and music lovers in these areas. Thanks and see you very soon!!
It’s been a great summer and an eventful year so far. I released my second record, Tourist, in April, and have watched it steadily climb the Jazz Weekly Charts since its release. In the spring we played in Denver for the Best of the Westword in the jazz category, and I was also fortunate enough to play music in the Caribbean in June. And this August, NUSKOOL will be making its way across the U.S. for a short midwest run. Tyson Ailshie (bass), Daniel Hogans (drums), and I are very excited to share the experience of this music with listeners across the country. Here’s the details of where we’re headed. Hopefully we’ll see you at show real soon!
I know I’ve said it before, so I hope my sincerity comes through in this message.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Once again, I was floored by the overwhelming love and support of friends, family, fans, and the music community. It was truly a dream come true to play my own music with the highest caliber musicians, to a packed house at such a beautiful venue for my Touristalbum release party. I want to offer my most heartfelt thanks to all of you who attended the show, as well as those who texted, called, and emailed to offer their support. It’s moments like this that remind me of why I’m the luckiest musician I know.
I know many of you who weren’t able to make the show have been asking how you can get ahold of the new record, Tourist. Well, here it is. Just click the icon below to buy the album via iTunes:
Please feel free to share the link with friends!
You can also log on to iTunes and search “Jon Wirtz Tourist.” In case you’re not an iTunes user, the album is also available for download at Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio, Deezer, Xbox Music, Rhapsody, eMusic, Simfy, Muve Music, iHeartRadio, Nokia, MediaNet, VerveLife, and of course live performances.
I’m thrilled with the kickoff for the release of Tourist, and excited to know that the best is yet to come. Once again, thank you so much for your continued support.
As the CD release party for my new record, Tourist, draws near on April 13 at the Soiled Dove Underground, reserved seating is already sold out. There are still some general admission tickets still available, however, so buy yours now before they’re gone. Plus you’ll save a few bucks by buying ahead of time. CLICK RIGHT HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS.
“All of that experience shows here as Wirtz puts forth on Tourist an incredibly rich album steeped in jazz that is far beyond his years . . . Wirtz showcases a massively vast range, virtuoso phrasing and impeccable taste.” — Brian Johnson, Marquee Magazine
“As the CD slowly unfolds you will notice most of the songs are quite dynamic reminiscent of free form piano jazz masters: Vince Guaraldi, Billy Cobham, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Chick Corea, Miles Davis . . . Last but not least – the playing, writing and production abilities of Jon Wirtz at the helm are to die for. Just hit play, sit back and see where this amazing journey takes your mind, body and spirit.” – Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Digest
“Shades of Ahmad Jamal are thrown in juxtaposition to minimalist hues full of positive energy and catharsis. The piano is the center of it all, but to label Tourist piano music is misleading. This is music music, and from my interview with him it is clear that Wirtz is a musician’s musician.” – David Paul Kleinman, Glide Magazine
After a significant amount of time, effort, creativity, writing, blood, sweat and tears, it’s finally finished.
I’m proud and excited to announce that my second full length record, entitled “Tourist” will be released on iTunes and various other online outlets on April 16. To celebrate, I’m throwing a CD release party at the Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, CO on April 13. And there is more great news–you’re invited! This performance will feature some of the region’s top musicians, many of whom are also featured on the album. As an added bonus, the Old Souls will be kicking off the evening with their own unique brand of old-school soulful R&B.
New Year’s Day has always been a favorite holiday of mine, or at least in my top two.
Not because of the nostalgia, or even the parties, but because of the fresh start. 2012 was a great year, and has the new year approaches, I find myself in the midst of a creative period. I feel inspired to write and learn, excited to be continuing with Nuskool, eager to start lessons with a new teacher, proud to be releasing a new record, and curious to see what I’ll discover as I continue to delve deeper into my solo piano performances. Naturally, I’d like to share all of this good stuff with you. Here are some chances to come hear what I’m up to these days; I look forward to seeing you at a show real soon. Click on the venue name for address and info.
March 3, with Nuskool . . . . Herb’s, 9:00pm – 1am
Hopefully you are enjoying time with friends and family this holiday season, and staying warm with loved ones. As the year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support over the past 12 months.
It has been a tremendous ride so far–exciting, fun and scary at times–but your support has helped make it all possible. I sincerely hope you have a wonderful and relaxing holiday, and that 2013 brings you nothing but the very best for you and your loved ones.
Thankfully, a lot of folks have been asking recently, “Where can I buy your album?” While I sell physical copies at live performances, you can also download my recordSea Level by clicking RIGHT HERE. Voted one of the best Denver albums of 2010 by the Westword, it includes eight original compositions, as well as covers of “Someday My Prince Will Come” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”
And check back to the site often, as my second full length record, Tourist–featuring the best musicians Colorado has to offer–will be coming out in early 2013!
“Sea Level by Jon Wirtz is a brilliant collection of music.” — Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Digest
“There was a lyricism, a beauty and intimate melodic feel that really comes through in every song regardless of what else is happening…” — Michael Anderson, Gear Diary
“Sea Level is one amazing solo debut . . . his passion and energy and spirit as an artist shine through every track.” — Jeanie Straub, Colorado Music Buzz
“Sea Level by Jon Wirtz is an impressive collection of music. The more you look at, the more impressive it really is.” — Markus Druery, Indieshark
“I get the same sensation with Wirtz as I do Joshua Redman, Herbie Hancock, and even Coltrane.” — Music Emissions