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Thursday, July 6, 2023
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Tassajara Trio feat. Eddie Mendenhall, Dan Robbins & Steve Robertson

6:00 PM
All Ages
Advance ticket sales for this show have ended. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:00 PM. Dinner Specials can be purchased at the counter (subject to availability). Masks are welcomed. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information. Thank you!

Dinner Special:
Summer Salad with Grilled Chicken
Salsa Verde
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


Eddie Mendenhall began studying piano when he was four years old, and by the time he was eight he was good enough to play works of Schumann and Beethoven in front of his school. He became hooked on jazz at the age of 13, when he first attended the Monterey Jazz Festival. While still in high school, he earned a place in the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All Star Band in 1989 and 1990, under direction of Bill Berry and had the opportunity to accompany Dizzy Gillespie at the main stage of the festival. Soon after, Eddie earned scholarships to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and went on to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Composition. For the next seven years the Tokyo jazz scene kept Eddie busy along with several trips back to the states. He rapidly became one of the busiest pianists in Tokyo. Performances ranged from jazz clubs, major hotels, touring around Japan and embassy parties. Through this extensive time spent as a soloist, he developed his own style, but states that his main influences are Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Hank Jones, Hampton Hawes and Bill Evans. The Tassajara Trio will feature Mendenhall joined by bassist Dan Robbins and drummer Steve Robertson.

Eddie Mendenhall Website
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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