Jazz at the Bechtler | Curtis Taylor: A Tribute to Clifford Brown

Jazz at the Bechtler | Curtis Taylor: A Tribute to Clifford Brown



Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor pays tribute to Clifford Brown with the Ziad Jazz Quartet, including songs such as "Daahood," "Parisian Thoroughfare," and "Cherokee." In addition to Ziad (saxophone), Curtis will be joined by William Ledbetter (acoustic bass) and Rick Dior (drums).


Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. Each concert is 75 minutes with no intermission. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert and 7:45 p.m. for the 8:15 p.m. concert. Enjoy light bites and a cash bar. 

General Admission Tickets

Tickets are $20 for the public and $16 for museum members. Buy tickets online, over the phone at 704.353.9209 or at the admission desk. All ticket holders who purchase in advance of the concert are guaranteed a seat.


Season tickets to Jazz at the Bechtler are available via the Bechtler’s Jazz Affinity Group.  The group is currently full but to be added to the waitlist, or for more information, contact mat.duncan@bechtler.org. Current Jazz Affinity Group members may RSVP digitally in advance of the upcoming concert using the link below. To RSVP, click below and follow the registration instructions on the following page. 

Get to Know Curtis Taylor

Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities, and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the listener’s soul. According to Taylor, “When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.” 

Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart, and great gospel luminaries Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard, and the Singletons. More extensively, Taylor’s stint with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut included a notable concert performance at Kennedy Center recorded for NPR’s jazz set, an appearance at the Spoleto Jazz Festival, and a weeklong engagement at Dizzy’s Club in New York City. In addition, Taylor had the great opportunity to tour internationally with virtuosic saxophonist James Carter’s Quintet, performing in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and Austria. Rounding out the experience was a week-long stint at Yoshi’s in California again with the James Carter Quintet.

In more recent years, Taylor has had the wonderful opportunity to perform and record with rising Jazz star Gregory Porter. Taylor’s trumpet can be heard on Gregory Porter’s debut album Water and his junior release (Blue Note records) Liquid Spirit. Both albums were nominated for Grammy Awards. Liquid Spirit won the Grammy in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category in 2013.

Alongside recording extensively as a sideman, Taylor has released two albums as a leader: #Hashtagged (2017), which features produced tracks with live instrumentation and vocals and Snapshot (2019). In the fall of 2021, Taylor became the newest addition to the University of Iowa’s Jazz department. He currently teaches Jazz history, Jazz theory and directs the JRE Big Band with his appointment as lecturer.

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