Steven Christopher Sacco - How Many Licks Does It Take To Play... Jazzelicious! (Curtis Biggs, bass trombone)



Trombonist Curtis Biggs is a performer and educator from Payson, Utah. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University and Yale University, and will soon finish his DMA in contemporary music at Bowling Green State University. At Yale, Curtis was chosen as the alternate for the Woolsey Concerto Competition in 2015 playing the Christopher Rouse Trombone Concerto. He was also a winner of the BYU Concerto Competition in 2012 and performed the 2nd movement of the Rouse Concerto with the BYU Philharmonic. He was also a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Curtis was also a finalist in the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition in 2018. After his studies at Yale, Curtis held the position of principal bass trombonist with Symphony S.O.N.G. (Symphony Orchestra for the Next Generation) based in Seoul, South Korea. A major role of his position was also touring South Korea with the Symphony S.O.N.G. Brass Quintet. Together with his wife and pianist Jackie, Curtis founded the Radium Duo. The name Radium comes from Latin, meaning "ray" or "light." The Radium Duo maintains an outward focus while sharing their music, with the aim of inspiring others in a meaningful way.


The American composer Steven Christopher Sacco was born in Brooklyn, New York. His work is performed internationally by some of today’s leading soloists and ensembles. Critics praise him for writing “absorbing, poetic and passionate music that easily engages the sympathies and attention of a concert audience.”  International tours have seen his work performed in Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America. Academic awards include grants from The Arts and Letters Foundation, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Corporation of Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony Inc., The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and others. Since 1997, Dr. Sacco has served on the faculty of the Mannes PREP, Mannes College of Music - The New School, in New York City.  In addition to teaching composition, he has taught chamber music, music history, and TOM. He had served as past department co-chair of TOM and currently serves as a liaison of the composition department. Steven Sacco's music is published by ACA and Hickman Music Editions.  Recordings are available on the Summit, Navona and USA Made record labels. He holds a doctorate from Columbia University, a M.F.A. from Princeton University, and bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School.


How Many Licks Does It Take To Play... Jazzelicious! - Steven Christopher Sacco
*Recorded at home in Bowling Green, OH, Aug. 2020
Curtis Biggs, trombone
Mastered by Steven Christopher Sacco.
Property of Shelter Recordings Project, American Composers Alliance.