New York-based bassist Luques Curtis was born in Hartford, CT, where he studied at the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, Artist Collective, and Guakia with Dave Santoro, Volcan Orham, Nat Reeves, Paul Brown, and others. In high school, he studied the Afro-Caribbean genre with Andy Gonzalez and Joe Santiago and at the Berklee College of Music, which he attended on full scholarship, he studied with John Lockwood and Ron Mahdi. He has performed with Gary Burton, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Christian Scott, Francisco Mela, Eddie Palmieri, Stefon Harris, Ralph Peterson, Christian Scott, Sean Jones, Orrin Evans, and Christian Sands, among others.
Curtis is the recipient of the 2016 DownBeat Critics Poll in the “Rising Star-Bass” category and a Ralph Bunche Fellowship to complete his master’s degree at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. With his brother, he co-owns the record label Truth Revolution Records, which has five releases under "Curtis Brothers," including the recent Algorithm. Curtis was also part of Brian Lynch's Grammy winning CD Simpatico and numerous other Grammy nominated recordings including Lynch’s Madera Latino and Christian Scott's Rewind That. As a sideman, Curtis has participated in over 100 recordings, including Eddie Palmieri's Sabiduria and Mi Luz Mayor; Gary Burton’s Next Generations; Dave Valentin’s Come Fly With Me; Sean Jones' *Im*Pro*Vise, Roots, Kaleidoscope, and The Search Within; and Orrin Evans' Faith In Action.