Curtis Kendrick

 Biography


When most young men were playing with toy soldiers and reading comic books, Curtis was  captivated by a sound and feeling that would become a driving factor in his life. Music came to him early in life when he began playing at the age of eight. He became involved with the Mighty Liberators Drum & Bugle Corps, which gave him fundamental training in percussion. Curtis went on to study formally at the Hochstein music school in Rochester, NY, where he studied drums and piano, and he for many years studied with Bruce Pitts Of the famed Band, The Voltage Brothers, and the late Vinnie Ruggiero. Curtis soon earned a reputation as one of the hottest young drummers in the area and quickly caught the ear of Glen Cummings, a well known  jazz musician who played at a local jam session frequented by some of the area’s top musicians. Cummings and Kendrick then formed the jazz group Cabo Frio, and his dream was on the way.

Curtis developed his writing abilities early on in his young life and and became a prolific songwriter for Cabo Frio. The jazz group Cabo Frio, started playing large venues and opening for national jazz acts for the first few years. During that time, the group was introduced to Ricky Schulz, head of Zebra Records, who later signed Cabo Frio to MCA records. The band started touring and reached #11 on the Billboard Jazz Charts with their recording Right on the Money in which Curtis wrote the title track. Back in 2003 Curtis

started releasing albums on his Nationally distributed Record Label, Kezia Records in which he released three National album projects.


Curtis is now the head drum intructor for the Dreamseads Jazz Band of the Greater YMCA Of Rochester NY, and also teaches the Mighty Liberators Drum Line. Curtis is a active member in his church and other outreach ministries. Overall, Curtis has 26 years of ministerial experience playing for Saint James Apostolic Church Glen Burnie Maryland, New Life Church Severna Park Maryland, Colonial Baptist Church Randallstown Maryland, New Christian Bible Baptist Church Baltimore Maryland and Covenant Church International Birmingham Alabama. Curtis is Currently a member of Hope Divine Church Of God Rochester, NY.


​​Curtis is releasing his debut album entitled, The Nearness Of You. Curtis is singing some favorite jazz standards like, When I Fall In Love, Everything Must Change and many more. This album features  some great  smooth jazz compositions that Curtis is noted for. Prospects for 2018 and beyond look great for Curtis..You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it, and stay persistent and disciplined.  “For me, music is a way to express all of the feelings of daily life and the end of it all-- music heals your soul.”