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Kuumbwa Jazz envisions a community where all people can experience the joy of music, and understand the value and legacy of jazz as an original American art form.

Music In The Classrooms

Artists In The Schools

Kuumbwa Jazz is proud of its Artists in the Schools program. In 2016-17, Educators in Residence Renata Bratt Ph.D. and Brian Fitzgerald visited area schools, bringing jazz improvisation to young minds at Branciforte Middle School, Gateway School, Gault Elementary (in partnership with El Sistema), Mission Hill Middle School, Santa Cruz High School, Scotts Valley Middle School, and PCS High School.

Tim's Six-Pick

Tim’s Six-Pick

Ever since their debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival last year, I couldn’t wait to bring them to Santa Cruz. With a singular sound and set-list of Gullah music from the Sea Island region of the Carolinas and Georgia, this band is destined to become a Kuumbwa favoritelearn more

What's New

Del McCoury Band

On Sunday, July 15th the Del McCoury Band – the most awarded band in bluegrass – joins us for an evening at the Rio Theatre. Led by the legendary guitarist/vocalist, this group is the preeminent ensemble in bluegrass…learn more

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