Curtis Stigers

Singer/Songwriter/Saxophonist Curtis Stigers grew up in Boise, studied music at Capital High School, and began his music career playing jazz, blues, and rock & roll in the local bars and nightclubs. Some of Stigers' fondest Boise memories are of jazz legend Gene Harris' Tuesday night jam sessions at The Idanha Hotel.

"Gene was always supportive of the young players. He gave me encouragement that led me to pursue music as a career," Stigers says.

In 1987, Stigers left Boise and moved to New York City where he eventually landed a recording contract. He went on to sell more than 1.5 million copies of his self-titled debut album and to score several top ten singles worldwide. He has made numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and countless other television programs, and has toured throughout the world with the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, and The Allman Brothers Band. Stigers' recording of the Nick Lowe classic, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding" appeared on the record-breaking soundtrack to the film "The Bodyguard" starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, which sold over 30 million copies world-wide. 
In addition to Curtis Stigers' work in pop music, he is also an accomplished jazz singer and has appeared in concert with jazz greats such as Toots Thielemans, Randy Brecker, Gene Harris, Lionel Hampton, Frank Wess, Brother Jack McDuff, and Red Holloway. He has appeared on the Gene Harris albums "Down Home Blues" and "In His Hands" on Concord Records, and on the Blue Note Records release "The Doky Brothers." In 1997, Stigers was voted Best Jazz Singer by the New York City Cabaret Society. 

Curtis Stigers' own jazz record, "Baby Plays Around," has just been released on Concord Records. 

About Curtis Stigers new CD – Baby Plays Around
“Platinum-selling vocalist and saxophonist, Curtis Stigers returns to his musical roots. In Baby Plays Around – his most artistically satisfying album to date – Curtis weaves his immediately recognizable, soulful voice in and out of a personally handpicked collection of timeless standards, including “But Not for Me,” “Let’s Get Lost,” and “All the Things You Are.” Stigers also delivers two choice new songs destined to become classics – the title track “Baby Plays Around,” and his new composition “Love.” An all-star cast of jazz stalwarts – Larry Goldings (piano), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Dennis Irwin & Christian Minh Doky (bass), and Bill Stewart & Adam Nussbaum (drums) – provide empathetic and swinging support in the album that finds Stigers in his artistic prime!”

Stigers performs on Friday evening, April 6, at the Boise State Pavilion with three of the artists featured on his new CD – Larry Goldings, Dennis Irwin, and Bill Stewart – plus guitarist Pete Bernstein.

The Record Exchange is proud to welcome hometown hero Curtis Stigers for an album release party. On Wednesday April 4th at 5:30 PM, Curtis will autograph copies of his new Concord Records release Baby Plays Around. Come visit with Curtis, hear the new CD and enjoy snacks and beverages. The Record Exchange is located at 1105 West Idaho on the corner of 11th and Idaho in downtown Boise.

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