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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.

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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

It’s a great time to be a jazz piano devotee. Right now, in contemporary jazz, there are a host of exceptional pianists making their name on the scene…but Emmet Cohen is a cut above the rest. His nuanced approach is at once free-flowing and meticulously crafted, and the overall effect is spellbindinglearn more

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50 Years of Benedetto Guitars

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of renowned, Savannah, GA-based, luthiers Benedetto Guitars. To mark this occasion, two peerless guitarists – Howard Paul and Brian Nova – will visit the Kuumbwa stage on August 20th…learn more

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