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May 2017

7:00 pm – Steps Ahead Reunion Tour

Monday, May 15 @ 7:00 PM

Steps Ahead set the jazz world on fire in the early ’80s as the revised version of Steps (the band’s original name). An island of acoustic relief in an overwhelming sea of electrified fusion bands, the quintet left a major impression on the musical landscape in 1983 with its eponymous debut album. Led by vibraphonist/composer Mike Mainieri, the band’s personnel and sound quickly evolved through the years as it gave way to more electronic instrumentation, yet retained its originality. Mainieri—a…






9:00 pm – Steps Ahead Reunion Tour

Monday, May 15 @ 9:00 PM

Steps Ahead set the jazz world on fire in the early ’80s as the revised version of Steps (the band’s original name). An island of acoustic relief in an overwhelming sea of electrified fusion bands, the quintet left a major impression on the musical landscape in 1983 with its eponymous debut album. Led by vibraphonist/composer Mike Mainieri, the band’s personnel and sound quickly evolved through the years as it gave way to more electronic instrumentation, yet retained its originality. Mainieri—a…






7:00 pm – UCSC Jazz Ensembles

Thursday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM

Two UCSC Jazz Ensembles will perform. Director of Jazz Studies professor Karlton Hester will showcase students from his improvisational theory class along with members of Hesterian Muscism. Dr. Hester specializes in premeditated, spontaneous and electro-acoustic compositions.  The UCSC Big Band, under the direction of Charles Hamilton, is composed of students, as well as community enthusiasts. They perform big band music from swing, bebop, Latin, and modern jazz, drawn from a wide spectrum of the jazz canon – including works by both well-known and lesser-known composers…






7:00 pm – Chucho Valdés: Solo Piano

Monday, May 22 @ 7:00 PM

Chucho Valdés is a living icon of Cuban music. A pianist, composer, six-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy award-winner, he is the son of piano legend Bebo Valdés and co-founded of Irakere, Cuba’s first “supergroup,” in the early ’70s. By itself, his contribution to the legacy of Irakere represents a brilliant milestone of innovative achievement. And yet, as an artist, he continues to scale new artistic heights. In 2005, he left Irakere to focus on his solo projects and collaborate…






7:00 pm – Chucho Valdés: Solo Piano

Tuesday, May 23 @ 7:00 PM

Chucho Valdés is a living icon of Cuban music. A pianist, composer, six-time Grammy and three-time Latin Grammy award-winner, he is the son of piano legend Bebo Valdés and co-founded of Irakere, Cuba’s first “supergroup,” in the early ’70s. By itself, his contribution to the legacy of Irakere represents a brilliant milestone of innovative achievement. And yet, as an artist, he continues to scale new artistic heights. In 2005, he left Irakere to focus on his solo projects and collaborate…






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