Curtis Lundy

World-Renowned Bassist | Composer | Arranger | Grammy Nominated Recording Artist

Curtis Lundy is arguably one of the most prolific — in-demand bassists on the modern jazz scene — he is a disciple of the mainstream — straight ahead — hard bop school.

Highly regarded for his robust, lyrical, ‘lead from the front’ approach to the acoustic bass — he delivers an unsurpassed brand of masterful excellence in performing standards, originals and the American songbook. His fluid voicings and exceptional dexterity allow listeners to delve into a song — in any time signature — with an equal measure of challenge and enjoyment.

A native of Miami, Florida Lundy was nurtured in a musical family and began playing music early in life. Ultimately, he made the bass his instrument of choice in his early teens.

The Grammy-nominated composer, arranger and recording artist studied music at the University of Miami. He left Miami in the late 1970’s for New York City — the Jazz Mecca — where quickly established his formidable talents. Soon thereafter he came to the attention of legendary Vocalist Betty Carter. He quickly won her confidence and during this celebrated association — he rose to prominence –anchoring the rhythm section — with colleagues John Hicks on piano and Kenny Washington on drums. He is prominently featured on the Carter signature original “Tight’ memorialized on the iconic recording “the Audience with Betty Carter.”

Lundy also gained notoriety as co-leader of ‘Horizon’ — which became an extended model of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers– with renowned alto saxophonist and University of Miami Classmate — composer, arranger and recording artist — Bobby Watson – the band featured many of the young Turks and masters of the New York jazz scene in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – The band also featured Vibraphonist Steve Nelson and his sister Vocalist Carmen Lundy.
His credentials as a sideman and his recording pedigree is impeccable – it places him among an elite roster of contemporary jazz luminaries — Lundy has performed and recorded with — Pharoah Sanders, Johnny Griffin, Cyrus Chestnut, Larry Willis, Wallace Rooney, Warren Wolfe, Steve Nelson, as well as his sister renowned Vocalist Carmen Lundy. Lundy’s arrangement of “Walk with Me,” recorded by the Arc Gospel Choir was sampled by Rapper Kanye West became the Grammy Award – Winning hit “Jesus Walks.”

JazzTimes calls Lundy “one of the most spiritually uplifting bassists on the jazz scene today.”

Lundy’s recordings are currently available on iTunes and Spotify. Visit www.curtislundy.com

Discography

 

Just Be Yourself
Curtis Lundy

Purpose
Curtis Lundy

Against All Odds
Curtis Lundy

Beatitudes
Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy

Project
Bobby Watson & Curtis Lundy

Love Remains
Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

Jewel
Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

Live & Learn
Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

The Year Of The Rabbit
Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

From The Heart
Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

From Johnny Griffin With Love
Johnny Griffin (Lundy on Bass)

Bush Dance
Johnny Griffin (Lundy on Bass)

In Copenhagen
Johnny Griffin & Lockjaw Davis (Lundy on Bass)

On The Battlefield For My Lord
(Arrangement by Lundy)

Jazz Masters
Lewis, Watson, Bergonzi, Barron, Fink & Lundy)

Clark Terry Live in Concert
Clark Terry (Lundy on Bass)

 

 

Discography


What Ever Happened To Love
Betty Carter (Lundy on Bass)

The Audience With Betty Carter
Betty Carter (Lundy on Bass)

I'm Your You're Mine
Betty Carter (Lundy on Bass)

Jazz And The New Songbook
Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

This Is Carmen Lundy
Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

Something To Believe In
Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

Good Morning Kiss
Carmen Lundy (Lundy on Bass)

Night In The Life
Frank Morgan (Lundy on Bass)

Raising The Standard
Frank Morgan (Lundy on Bass)

BOP!
Frank Morgan (Lundy on Bass)

Vietnam: The Aftermath
Billy Bang (Lundy on Bass)

Vietnam: Reflections
Billy Bang (Lundy on Bass)

Sweet Love Of Mine
John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

Piece For My Peace
John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

Big Bang Theory
Billy Bang (Lundy on Bass)

Zaius
Jeri Brown (Lundy on Bass)

 

Discography

 

I’ve Got Your Number

Jeri Brown (Lundy on Bass)

 

Together Again For The First Time

Jerry Bergonzi (Lundy on Bass)

 

Woman On Fire: Mujer Ardiente

Mayra Casales (Lundy on Bass)

 

New Wonderland: The Best Of Jeri Brown

Jeri Brown (Lundy on Bass)

 

The Cosmosamatics 11

Michael Marcus, Curtis Lundy, Jay Rosen & Sonny Simmons

 

Africa

Pharoah Sanders (Lundy on Bass)

 

Everything Must Change

Johanne Blouin (Lundy on Bass)

 

Walk With Me

Arc Gospel Choir (Lundy, Director)

 

Naima’s Love Song

John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

 

Swift

Billy Robinson (Lundy on Bass)

 

Thank You Lord

Arc Gospel Choir (Lundy, Director)

 

Gumbo

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

 

In The Mix

John Hicks (Lundy on Bass)

 

Everlasting

The Jazz Tribe (Lundy on Bass)

 

 

The Next Step

Bobby Watson (Lundy on Bass)

Awards

Sundance Film Festival Winner

THE FARM
Jonathan Stack – Director,
Liz Garbus – Director,
Wilbert Rideau – Director,
Mona Davis – Editor,
Mary Manhardt – Editor,
Gayle Gilman – Executive Producer,
Michael Cascio – Executive Producer,
Curtis Lundy – Composer (Music Score),
Samuel Henriques – Cinematographer,
Bob Perrin – Cinematographer,
Jonathan Stack – Producer,
Liz Garbus – Producer

BMI Award Winner

JESUS WALKS

by Kanye West, Curtis Lundy, Rhymefest

& Miri Ben-Ari (as Miri Ben Ari)
Performed by Kanye West
Courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records, L.L.C.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of “WALK WITH ME”
by Curtis Lundy
Performed by The Arc Choir
Courtesy of Mapleshade Records

THIS IS WHY I’M HOT

Written by Shawn Mims, Albert Johnson, Curtis Lundy, Danny Schofield, Darryl McDanielsJoseph Simmons, Earl Stevens, Jonathan Smith, Kejuan Muchita, Leon Haywood, Thomas Simons,
Winston Thomas and Charles Williams
Performed by Mims (as MIMS)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Contains the sample “Walk With Me”
Performed by The Arc Choir (as The ARC Choir)
Courtesy of Mapleshade Records

Filmography

Jesus Walks featured in
Due Date by Robert Downey, Jr.
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
Four Brothers – Mark Wahlberg
Jarhead
Drinking Apart:Families Under the Influence
(Curtis Lundy, Music)

TV Special Alternate Title:
America Undercover (8/1/00)

Television Appearances

American & European

Tom Snyder Show – WNBC, NY
Madrid Jazz Festival, Madrid, Spain
Lisbon Jazz Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
Over East – WQED, San Francisco, CA
Betty Carter Live – WCBS- Cable
This is Betty Carter Live from Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Live from MT Fugi – NHK TV, Japan

Plays

“Suicide in B Flat”
“Angel City”
“Back Bog Beast Bait”

Curtis has performed and collaborated with Max Roach in the award winning play by Sam Shepard.
“Aint Mis’ Behavin – Fats Waller Musical

Films

Harlem Diary
The Farm (all compositions by Lundy)
Drinking Apart (HBO Special) Original music
Jar Head – Jesus Walks, Original music
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (HBO) Jesus Walks
Four Brothers – Jesus Walks