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May 2020

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POSTPONED – Monterey Jazz & Kuumbwa Jazz Present: Mariza at the Sunset Center

Tuesday, May 26 @ 7:30 PM
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Portuguese fado vocalist Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of world music. It all started with her first album, Fado em Mim, released in 2001, which quickly led to a number of high-profile international concerts and ultimately earned her BBC Radio 3’s award for Best European Artist in the World Music category. No Portuguese artist since Amalia Rodrigues has experienced such…

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CANCELLED – Logan Richardson’s Blues People

Thursday, May 28 @ 7:00 PM
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Born and, raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Logan Richardson was mentored by some of the most renowned figures in the history of improvised music, including Jay McShann, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, and Queen Bey. At 19 years-old Richardson moved to Boston, Massachusetts to study at the Berklee College of Music, and soon after moved to New York to complete his studies at The New School University. Already having logged an impressive resume of sideman gigs as a saxophonist, Richardson has recently…

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Heralded as a “powerhouse of a showman” (Glide Magazine), a “legitimate jazz triple threat” (Critical Jazz), and a drummer who “take a back seat to no one” (The New York Times), performer/producer/educator Ulysses Owens Jr. is a renowned figure in the jazz world and beyond. This master class, Jazz Brushes for the Modern Drummer, will examine the technique and use of brushes in drumming. Ulysses Owens Jr. Website  Co-Sponsors: .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width:…

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June 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

CANCELLED – David Murray & Kahil El’Zabar

Monday, June 1 @ 7:00 PM
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These two masters of modern music, saxophonist David Murray and multi-instrumentalist Kahil El’Zabar, have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity over the past four decades. El’Zabar is revered as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than sixty acclaimed projects as the leader and has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Nina Simone, and Stevie Wonder. Murray is one of the most recorded musicians in jazz, with well…

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CANCELLED – Aaron Goldberg Trio

Thursday, June 4 @ 7:00 PM
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Noted by DownBeat Magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein, and many more. On his most recent release, At the Edge of the World, Goldberg reunites with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Leon Parker. Jazz has a way of summoning that…

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CANCELLED – Cimafunk

Monday, June 8 @ 7:00 PM

Cimafunk made his impactful U.S. debut at Austin’s SXSW festival in 2019 and was recently names by Billboard as a “Top 10 Latin Artist to Watch” in 2019. The world is lucky to now discover the music that has turned Cuba upside down since 2018. Cimafunk has created a movement in Havana and throughout the island, selling-out venues with thousands of fans excited to dance to the groove of Afro-Cuban funk. Cimafunk’s name refers to his heritage as a ‘Cimarron’…

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CANCELLED – Ben Williams Band

Wednesday, June 10 @ 7:00 PM
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Ben Williams is an acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and composer who has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Chaka Kahn, Pharrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Stefon Harris just to name a few. Williams’ own albums as a bandleader move affirmatively towards assuming the mantle of leadership in contemporary jazz. Williams adds, “I believe each tune should tell a story…where there are emotional ups and downs, thematic and character development, and so…

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CANCELLED – Joachim Cooder

Thursday, June 11 @ 7:00 PM
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Best known as a world-class percussionist – most famously with the Buena Vista Social Club and alongside his father Ry Cooder – Joachim Cooder approaches his solo career steeped in the roots of American and world music. Accompanying himself on the electric mbira and other melodic percussion, he transforms Appalachian music and blues with a powerful aesthetic that draws the listener deep into the music. The same trance-inducing and transfixing experience informs his original compositions. Cooder’s sound is very much…

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CANCELLED – Wallace Roney Quintet

Monday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM
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Trumpeter Wallace Roney has been earning the admiration and respect of his musical colleagues and elders since the age of sixteen. He has collaborated with a who’s-who of jazz masters and was mentored by Miles Davis after Davis heard Roney perform at a 1983 concert at Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Davis chose Roney to share the stage with him at his historic 1991 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival. After Davis’ death, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter,…

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CANCELLED – Los Aurora

Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:00 PM
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Barcelona, Spain is home to the nuevo flamenco movement and Los Aurora, an exciting group in the aforementioned movement, that recently opened the city’s Ciutat Flamenco – one of the most important flamenco festivals in the world. The band is comprised of a talented circle of young artists who have created a unique melding of flamenco, jazz, and other contemporary genres. Los Aurora features vocalist Pere Martinez, pianist Max Villavecchia, bassist Javier Garrabella, drummer Joan Carles Mari, and dancer Pol…

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