CURTIS LUNDY

 
    From his mothers womb, Curtis Lundy has experienced the rhythm of music.  From a musical family well known in the Miami, Florida area, Lundy has been around music all his life.  He was born in 1955 and is brother to Jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy.  Lundy is a double bassist, composer, producer, choir director and arranger.

    Mr. Lundy began his musical career in the All Miami Youth Jazz Band.  At the University of Miami he was classically trained under the tutelage of renowned bassist Dr. Lucas Drew.  He has studied privately with Cecil McBee, Linda McKnight, Rufus Reid, Jaco Pastorius and Ron Carter.

    Curtis made his debut on the New York jazz scene dating back to 1978. Lundy is best-known for his work as part of jazz vocalist Betty Carter’s band, through whose ranks several renowned musicians have passed including fellow rhythm section partners drummer Kenny Washington and pianist John Hicks. His appearance on The Audience With Betty Carter - BetCar 1979, brought him instant recognition as a player with "something special to say".

    Lundy’s remarkable sense of jazz time allows him to play the most difficult of all jazz songs for musicians.  From the start of Lundy’s professional career to the present time he has performed with an impressive list of musical wizards, including:  Art Blakey, Johnny Griffin, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, John Hicks, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Coleman, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, the Savoy Sultans, Bobby Watson,  Stanley Turnentine, Idris Mohamed, Steve Nelson Quintet, Mulgrew Miller, Hammiet Bluiet, Don Pullen, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Sonny Stitt, Jon Faddis, Hilton Ruiz, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Phyllis Hyman, Lionel Hampton, Phineas Newborn, Johnny Hartman, Charlie Persip, Louis Hayes, Bobby Hutcherson, Barry Harris, and Frank Morgan.
 
    In the late 1980s, he briefly stepped out of the background and issued Just Be Yourself (1988). A decade later, with Justin Time Records, he released Against All Odds (1999) and Purpose (2002). Both albums feature pianists John Hicks and Anthony Wonsey.

    With 2 successful solo releases  (Against All Odds, Purpose - Justin Time) Lundy remains one of the most spiritually uplifting bassists on the jazz scene today.  He is featured on the G-THREE recording “SWIFT” with Billy Robinson on sax, Stacie McGregor on piano  and Billy Hart on drums.

    Curtis Lundy's arrangement of "Walk With Me", recorded by the ARC Gospel Choir was sampled by rapper Kanye West and became the Grammy Award Winning, ground breaking hit "Jesus Walks".  This arrangement was also sampled in “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Shawn Mims.

    His unique ability to make the music "swing" so effortlessly in the tradition of the great bassists of the past along with his beautiful tone and lyrical soloing has made him a much sought after sideman. 

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Listen to “Ovedia” by Curtis Lundy.  In memory of his mother Ovedia Lundy.

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