It’s been a little while since I posted, but lots of great things have been happening. Here’s the skinny . . .
This past February, drummer Jon Powers and I performed a duo show of 100% improvisation. The show was a hit and a ton of fun to boot, so we decided to keep rehearsing and start writing music together. The process so far has been an incredible learning experience, and a variation from the “normal way” I’ve always gone about music in terms of rehearsing, writing, playing, promoting, listening, and everything else. The result is a project called Rocketsauce, which sounds and feels different than any music I’ve been a part of up to this point in my career. Recently we entered the studio to record a few songs as we prepare to open for GS3 (trio of Garrett Sayers, bassist from The Motet) on April 11 at the Mishawaka Amphitheater. We’re very excited so share these sounds with everyone, so stay tuned for new music very soon.
Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool was recently featured on a new Denver TV/internet show, called Denver Loft Sessions. The show spotlights the talented music scene of the Colorado front range, and will air sometime this spring (I’ll be sure to give a heads up once we have the details). We will also be performing live on KUVO 89.3 fm on April 24 in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. The performance can be heard live on the radio, or by streaming online from anywhere.
I’m also excited to be entering the studio with John Common Superheart to start work on our upcoming record. The band was recently nominated for the 2014 Best of the Westword Showcase in the singer-songwriter category (I am also honored to have been nominated in the jazz category).
With spring just around the corner, my calendar is filling up with opportunities to work with all sorts of great musicians. Check out the shows page to find out when and where. As always, thanks so much for supporting the music; hope to see you at a show real soon!!
Life has taught me repeatedly, especially in recent months, that all things are temporary. Terms like “good” or “bad,” “difficult” or “easy” are irrelevant. Ultimately, nothing lasts. Some may say that this is a very pessimistic point of view, but I disagree. If anything, I think it’s all the more reason to celebrate each moment of life, and to appreciate the little things. (continued below)
With this mindset as the inspiration, I will be presenting a performance called “Impermanence,” at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7pm. The night will be not only a celebration of music and art, but of Life itself. Featuring the incredibly talented and versatile Jon Powers on drums, as well as myself on keyboards, we will be playing a night of 100% improvised music, never to be duplicated again. John DeFeo, one of my favorite artists, will be adding his own talents to the mix with improvised live painting. Discounted advanced tickets can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.
Get off Facebook. Turn off your TV. Put down your phone. Come join us in celebrating live art. Come celebrate Life.
We look forward to seeing you!
What a year 2013 was . . . and what a year 2014 is about to be! We’re kicking off the NuYear in style, January 4th at the United Center in Idaho Springs with an incredible Night of American Roots Music–Bluegrass and Jazz. Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool will be joined by the beautiful sibling harmonies of Mark and Sarah Morris, as well as the boundless energy of seven time Texas fiddle champion Coleman Smith. The show is approaching sellout, so grab your tickets in advance at select outlets in Idaho Springs, or otherwise make sure to get there early enough to secure yourself a seat in this intimate venue.
Doors open at 7pm, and music starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 day of show. Come by and say hello! In the meantime, happy NuYear!
This year has been a big year for me in many ways.
Musically speaking, I released my second full length record, Tourist, and it received an overwhelmingly positive response, including the selection as one of the Best Jazz releases of 2013 by the Huffington Post. I was even fortunate enough to tour the country supporting the record. Along the way I saw a lot of familiar faces at shows both in and outside of Colorado, and met plenty of new people as well.
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.
If you’d like to DOWNLOAD THE WHOLE ALBUM FOR JUST $5, (7 songs, 2 of them free), click HERE.
And again . . . thanks!
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!
MIDWEST TOUR in support of Tourist record
August 18 — Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool at Bohemian Nights Festival, Library Park Stage, Ft. Collins CO . . . 12pm
August 21 — Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool at Record Bar, Kansas City MO . . . 10pm
August 22 — Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool at Robbie’s House of Jazz, Webster Grove MO . . . 8pm
August 23 — Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool at Pete Miller’s, Evanston IL . . . 6-10pm
August 24 — Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool at Pete Miller’s, Evanston IL . . . 8pm-12am
August 25 — Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool at Pete Miller’s, Evanston IL . . . 5-9pm
August 31 — Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool at Black Crown Lounge, CO . . . 9pm
Thanks for your support!
I’m very excited to announce that Nuskool will be playing its way across the U.S. as part of a busy summer, traveling to the midwest.
Please check back very soon for updates on specific dates and locations. In the meantime we’ll be busy rehearsing, tightening up, writing, and adding more songs to our repertoire.
Can’t make it to the midwest? Check out the SHOWS page for opportunities to catch us live, as well as me playing solo, around Colorado. I look forward to seeing you at a performance 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 Tourist album 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.
Thanks again for your support, see you at the Soiled Dove Underground on April 13!!
What folks are saying about Tourist . . .
“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.
I’m sooooo excited to share this music with you all. I’ll hope you’ll join me for a night of great music April 13 at the Soiled Dove Underground. You can CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW. From Friday, February 1 until the end of the day on Sunday, February 10, you can purchase two tickets for the price of one by simply entering TOURIST as the promo code. That not only makes for a great Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart, but a cheap date come this spring.
Thanks so much to all of you for your continued support. I’ll see you on April 13!!