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Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits

Read "Kris Bowers: A Deeper Look into Heroes + Misfits" reviewed by K. Shackelford

Kris Bowers is a pristine example of what the term prodigy embodies. In 2011, at the tender age of 22, he became the winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Bowers also received an astute musical education at Julliard School of Music in New York--receiving a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Film Scoring and Jazz Performance before reaching the age of 25. Yet Bowers' style is not limited to traditional jazz. It is also shaped by ...

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Kris Bowers: Heroes + Misfits

Read "Heroes + Misfits" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Expectations can lead to unexpected directions. Kris Bowers, the compelling young pianist who took first place in 2011's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, wowed judges that included the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Jason Moran. A prodigy whose encyclopedic knowledge of jazz matches an adroit freedom that can't just be taught in the classroom, Bowers could have easily debuted with a jazz-centered release. Yet Heroes + Misfits isn't your stereotypical introduction as the aspiring musician's ...


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