The winner of the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, New York-based pianist and composer Kris Bowers is a leading voice in a vibrant new wave of jazz, with his compositions drawing from sources as varied as classical, rock, electronic and film scores.
Bowers has already recorded and toured with several of jazz's rising talents and long-time heavyweights, including Marcus Miller, José James, Terell Stafford, Vincent Herring, Louis Hayes, Casey Benjamin, Ben Williams, and Kenneth Whalum III. Other collaborations have seen him partnering with artists in hip-hop and soul, including with Murs, Q-Tip, Ludacris, and Kanye West. Bowers previously appeared in San Jose as part of José James's ensemble during Winter Fest 2013. He was the first recipient of the Luther Henderson Scholarship at NYU’s Juilliard School of Music, where he completed his Masters degree in Jazz Performance with a focus on film composition in 2012. Bowers released his debut album, Heroes + Misfits, earlier this year on Concord Records.