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July 2019

Benmont Tench
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Benmont Tench

Sunday, July 21 @ 8:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $40
Door Ticket Price: $45

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Kim Nalley: Paying Respect to Aretha

Monday, July 22 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Vocalist Kim Nalley has been heralded as “legendary” and a “San Francisco institution.” With an international reputation as one of world’s best jazz and blues vocalists, she has graced concert halls from Moscow to New York’s Lincoln Center. A true renaissance woman, Nalley has also been a featured writer for JazzWest and San Francisco Chronicle‘s ‘City Brights’, a produced playwright, a former jazz club owner, and an accomplished stage actress. She was listed by DownBeat Magazine critics in 2017 as a “Rising Star”. On this concert date…

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Independently Produced Event

NoNette & Friends Birthday Concert

Thursday, July 25 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20

NoNette is a husband and wife jazz/pop duo with Scott Freshour on upright bass and Laura Partch on vocals. Their repertoire is primarily jazz/pop standards from the 1920's, 30's and 40's, along with selections from other genres and original songs.  Since 2010, they have performed periodically for benefits, private events, and at local Santa Cruz venues.  To celebrate Laura's birthday, NoNette is putting on a show.  Scott and Laura are delighted that joining them for a part of each set…

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Independently Produced Event

Thollem McDonas: Acoustic & Electric

Friday, July 26 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $24.15
Door Ticket Price: $30

"One of the most captivating pianists working today,” (Jazz.pt, Portugal), Thollem McDonas has spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally and geographically. His work is ever-changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. “Thollem is a modern griot who has absorbed sounds from every place he has visited.” (William Parker from Conversations II, Rogue Art) "Thollem’s solo piano performance, Meeting at the Parting Place, is a…

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Special Event

2 + 2 at Abbott Square

Saturday, July 27 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Free

Local combo 2 + 2 fuses together jazz, blues and Latin influences in a dance-friendly blend. The group features Ken Koenig on saxophone, Patrice Wallace on bass, Robert Hall on trumpet, Sweeney Schragg on guitar, plus special guests. Co-Created by Santa Cruz MAH & Kuumbwa Jazz Partake in Food & Drinks at Abbott Square Market .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%;…

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Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones

Saturday, July 27 @ 8:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $21
Door Ticket Price: $25

Presented by Indexical Elder Ones, a quartet led by vocalist, harmonium player, and composer Amirtha Kidambi. Kidambi fuses the ecstatic and revolutionary free jazz spirituality of John and Alice Coltrane's later work with her own background in Carnatic and Western classical vocal techniques. Her quartet includes Max Jaffe on drums and his custom Sensory Percussion electronics, Matt Nelson on soprano sax and synthesizer, and Nick Dunston on bass, and is anchored in free jazz even as it pushes into new…

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Alicia Olatuja
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Alicia Olatuja – Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women

Monday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Once you have listened to acclaimed vocalist, composer, and arranger Alicia Olatuja, you won’t soon forget her. Praised in The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone”, Olatuja combines the earthy with the sublime, melding together jazz, classical, and R&B. On her new album, Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women, Olatuja lends her distinctive approach to celebrating the artistic output of noted female composers. Sponsored by Sharon Hale & Harry Harrington (5% City of…

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August 2019

Los Hermanos Arango
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Los Hermanos Arango

Thursday, August 1 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Los Hermanos Arango hail from Guanabacoa, a municipality in Cuba characterized by a high level of musicianship and afro-Cuban religious tradition. The group was created in 2003 by world-renowned bassist Feliciano Arango and his siblings, percussionist Eugenio, guitarist Ignacio, and vocalist Cristina. The Arango family brings more than thirty years of combined touring experience performing Cuban music and jazz of the highest caliber around the globe. Los Hermanos Arango offers a diverse palette of authentic folkloric rhythms and chants merged with intricate, yet accessible jazz. (5% City…

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Independently Produced Event

Lauren Wahl & Simply Put Album Release

Saturday, August 3 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $15
Door Ticket Price: $20

Lauren Wahl and her band, Simply Put, are excited to announce the release of their first full-length album at Kuumbwa Jazz Center.  Centered around Wahl's original music, the group has a mellow indie/rock vibe with a hint of country and blues. Their upcoming album titled, Field Notes, (inspired by Wahl's maiden name) was funded by the generosity of over 130 fans through Kickstarter. The album is a collection of Wahl's earliest singer-songwriter tunes with the addition of drummer Rowan DeCosse-Graves,…

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Marcia Ball
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Marcia Ball

Monday, August 5 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career. Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician of the Year has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she takes the stage. Her rollicking Texas boogies, swampy New Orleans ballads and groove-laden Gulf Coast blues have made her of a one-of-a-kind favorite with music-lovers all over the…

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