New York City bassist and composer Curtis Ostle is known for his warm sound, lyrical solos, and strong rhythmic sense. The Washington DC City Paper recently applauded his “exquisite work” as a soloist and the “intoxicating, hummable melodic phrases” in his composition “Tranquility.” Since relocating from Shanghai, China three years ago Curtis maintains an active performing, teaching, and touring schedule in the US and Asia, having shared the stage over the past several years with notable musicians including Tommy Campbell, Vic Juris, Howard Brofsky, Ari Hoenig, Dave Kikoski, Claude Diallo, Eliot Zigmund, Tim Armacost, Clarence Penn, Andres Boiarsky, and acclaimed Dutch vocalist, Laura Fygi. Currently, Curtis is a regular performer with a jazz group featured in the wildly successful New York show “Sleep No More” as well having recently played on the Golden Melody Award (Asian Grammy) winning CD, 3rd Month, by acclaimed violinist and producer, Peng Fei.
From mid 2008 through early 2012 Curtis was the resident bassist as a member of the Theo Croker Collective. The group performed five nights a week from 2010 to 2012 at the Jazz Bar in the renowned Peace Hotel in Shanghai, a historic destination that has featured live jazz for over 100 years. Curtis also appeared at the 2008 Hong Kong Jazz Festival, the 2010 and 2011 Shanghai Jazz Festivals, and the 2011 Beijing Pop Festival.
In 2009–2010 Curtis performed with the house band for the television show AsiaUncut with Jon Niermann, the only Asia-wide English-language night-time talk show featuring both western and Asian celebrities, musicians, and comedians. The show, which concluded its second season in March 2010, aired in 53 countries throughout Asia and the Middle East and reached approximately 120 million viewers.
Curtis received a master’s degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media in 2008 from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Oberlin Conservatory in 2006. While a student, he performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2007 and 2008 and earlier was a member of the Oberlin Jazz Septet, the conservatory’s premier small-group ensemble, which performed at clubs and schools across the country.
His early musical background includes training from his father, Peter Ostle, also a bassist. Among his teachers were the late George Vance, Francois Rabbath, Peter Dominguez, Todd Coolman, John Clayton, Dennis Irwin, and Jeff Campbell. With Mr. Vance and Mr. Rabbath, Curtis studied the groundbreaking “La Nouvelle Technique de la Contrabasse” developed by Mr. Rabbath.