T.Howard Curtis III, born in Williamsburg, Va has been enjoying a multifaceted career as a Jazz drummer, multiple percussionist, and educator for over twenty-five years.
Curtis has performed at the Hampton Jazz Festival. The Charleston Jazz Festival (Charleston, W.Va.), The Hilton Head Jazz Festival (SC), the DC Free Jazz Festival (Washington DC), the La Villette Jazz Festival (Paris, France), the Konsberg Arts Festival (Konsberg, Norway), and the Northsea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands (Holland). Four tours of Europe include performances in Germany, England, Poland, Austria, and Switzerland. He has performed and/or recorded with John Abercrombie, David “Fathead” Newman, Andrew White, Billy Harper, Rosemary Clooney, Lionel Hampton, Gary Thomas, Johnny Coles, David Liebman (his record “Joy” received 41/2 stars in DownBeat magazine) Amiri Baraka, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, John Dearth (new release “Restoration Comedy” on Double Time Jazz) Rene Marie (release “How Do I Keep From Singing” on Maxx Jazz – Grammy nominated), Jon Faddis, Ingrid Jensen, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Jimmy Bruno, Barry Harris, George Coleman, Marc Johnson, Oliver Lake, Odean Pope, Julius Hemphill, James Carter, Kenny Rankin, Ellis Marsalis, Rick Margitza, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Michele Rosewoman, Carl Fontaine, and Tommy Newsome.
“Pop” gigs include stints with The Temptations, The Platters, Billy Davis (the Fifth Dimension), The Main Ingredient, Bob Hope, Solomon Burke, Tom Browne, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Red Skelton, Melba Moore, the Impressions, Barbara Mandrell, and Regis Philbin.
Special interest concerts have taken Curtis to the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA), University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA.), The Knitting Factory, Blue Note Jazz Club, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts all of which are in New York.
As an educator, Curtis has adjudicated middle and high school level music festivals, He has also been featured with the I.A.J.E. (International Association of Jazz Educators). He has toured England and Wales as a clinician, lecturer and performer. He has contributed to the “Rudimental Percussionist” magazine as a columnist. He functions as an adjunct Professor of Music at the College of William and Mary, the University of Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth University teaching drumset and directing his small jazz ensemble as well as the Jazz Percussion Ensemble.
Curtis has published three books and several arrangements for Jazz Percussion Ensemble, including John Coltrane’s “ A Love Supreme” in four movements. He is currently involved with two projects a book collection of 150 transcribed Jazz Vibraphone Solos and research on the role of the African American as Field Musicians in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. He released a video with percussion soundtrack produced and performed by himself. These publications, projects and special interest concerts are produced through his company, “Percussion Discussion”, of which he is chairman.