About JazzThis!


Carl B. Curtis

Born and raised in the Tulsa area, Carl has been performing with many musical groups and musicians across many musical styles and genres including jazz, classical, Broadway shows, pop, celtic music, rock, and country in and around the Tulsa area since 1982.

His collaborations have included Sam Harris, The Oklahoma Sinfonia, The Diamonds, The Four Aces, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Platters, Johnny Desmond, Susan Gray, Tulsa Vintage Jazz Band, The Jim Kirk Orchestra, The Richard Cox Big Band, The Don Linde Big Band as well as performing jazz, standards and a variety of music with his own groups and as a solo performer.

He has played in local performances of national touring musicals such as "The Will Rogers Follies" with Larry Gatlin, "Peter Pan" with Cathy Rigby, "The King and I" with Hayley Mills, Elton Johns' "Aida," "Beauty and the Beast," "Fiddler on the Roof" with Theodore Bikel, "The Rockettes," as well as local theater company productions of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," "The Wizard of Oz," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with Sam Harris, "Oliver" with Jamie Farr and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change." 

A graduate of the University of Tulsa where he studied piano with Anna Norberg, Carl has music directed American Theatre Company's productions of "Always, Patsy Cline" and "Honky Tonk Angels" and for 27-years taught in Tulsa Public Schools: 20 years at Carver Middle School where he taught band, orchestra, and occasionally chorus; two years at Central High School Academy of Fine Arts where he taught piano lab, jazz band, beginning band, studio technology, and music appreciation; and the last five years in the westside school cluster including Webster High School where he was director of bands teaching marching and concert band, jazz band, beginning band, and digital music tech. Since retiring from TPS, he now teaches jazz piano at Tulsa Community College, SE campus, and maintains a studio of private students studying jazz and classical piano, improvisation, composition, arranging, saxophone, and clarinet.

His most enjoyable musical experiences have been being the accompanist for and musical collaborator with his wife, vocalist Elizabeth Smith Curtis.

Some of Carl's influences: Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Dave McKenna, Thelonious Monk, William "Count" Basie, Robert Lamm, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould and many others.

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Local 94