William Kurk Trio / 3 to 6pm
Throughout his early years, William Kurk explored various instruments: drums, trumpet, flute, guitar, and bass… just to name a few. Eventually, his interest would take a sharp turn into something much more serious by his teenage years. At age 16, Kurk auditioned to be in the Ken Chaney Big Band, and would eventually become an apprentice to the teachings of Ken Chaney.
After graduating from Hales Franciscan High School, Kurk attended Northern Illinois University for one semester before transferring to Columbia College Chicago on a jazz studies scholarship for piano performance where he studied under the legendary Bill Russo. After graduating, Kurk worked as a freelance musician, as well as musical director/sound designer/accompanist for several theater companies in Chicago. He was nominated in 2007 for Best Musical Director by the Black Theater Alliance for the musical “Sarafina”, and his musical direction for the MPAACT show “Trouble The Water” won ‘Best Show’ that year.
William Kurk has always been passionate about his personal vision as an artist, releasing six full-length studio albums to date: ‘The Sound: Vol.1’ (2004), ‘The Sound: Vol. 2’ (2007), ‘The Sound: Vol. 3’ (2009), ‘Pop Fusion’ (2011), ‘Super Pop Fusion’ (2012), and the double CD tribute project ‘Legacy’ (2015). Kurk is a true diplomat for artistic creativity and freedom, and has an all-star list of artistic comrades that have contributed their talents towards his recordings: Bob Mintzer, Will Kennedy, Chester Gregory, Marquis Hill, Marqueal Jordan, Buddy Fambro, Gloria Ryann, Selan, Corey Wilkes, Benny Reid, Khari Parker, and Chris Rob (to name a few).
Kurk has accompanied an array of notable artists over the years: Dionne Warwick, Melba Moore, Martha Reeves, Koko Taylor, YahZarah, Stanley Jordan, Kindred The Family Soul, Andre DeShields, Tammy McCain, Marcus Baylor, Taylor Dane, Chico DeBarge, Eric Roberson, Res, Frank McComb (on electric bass), Siji, Nadirah Shakoor, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, KRS-ONE, Steve Arrington, Kool Moe Dee, Ronnie Laws, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Ronnie DeVoe (Bel Biv Devoe), Shamari DeVoe (Blaque), Julie Dexter, and Bill Cosby.
1122 Lake St.