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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.

Your Gifts At Work

Summer Jazz Camp

This year’s Summer Jazz Camp was held on the campus of Cabrillo College and hosted students from fourteen local schools. These dedicated musicians studied and listened to jazz for nine days, under the direction of Santa Cruz County music educators and professional musicians Steve Wilson and Terrel Eaton, culminating at a concert at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center!…learn more

Tim's Six-Pick

Tim’s Six-Pick

Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen and his Trio bring rolling, subtle grooves to the bandstand, with compositions that feature meditative, lullaby-esque qualities. He’s released a number of acclaimed records on ECM over the years, with a new one slated for later this yearlearn more

What's New

“Honor Bound”

Be sure to check out the new Good Times Santa Cruz cover story on the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, including the story behind the program and profiles on some notable alums…learn more

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