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May 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

CANCELLED – Secrets Are the Best Stories: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – 7:00 PM

Monday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM
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On his Grammy Award-nominated 2018 album, The Questions, acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling confronted the whirlwind of uncertainty that threatens modern life by musing on the timeless yet ever-timely issues confronting humanity. For his much-anticipated follow-up, Secrets Are the Best Stories, Elling searches deeper into those profound questions with the help of renowned pianist Danilo Pérez, whose own work has long embraced a global vision of unity and acceptance. Together, the two draw inspiration from the musical and lyrical insights of…

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CANCELLED – Secrets Are the Best Stories: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – 9:00 PM

Monday, May 4 @ 9:00 PM
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On his Grammy Award-nominated 2018 album, The Questions, acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling confronted the whirlwind of uncertainty that threatens modern life by musing on the timeless yet ever-timely issues confronting humanity. For his much-anticipated follow-up, Secrets Are the Best Stories, Elling searches deeper into those profound questions with the help of renowned pianist Danilo Pérez, whose own work has long embraced a global vision of unity and acceptance. Together, the two draw inspiration from the musical and lyrical insights of…

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CANCELLED – Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Thursday, May 7 @ 7:00 PM
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Raised in Southern California, Lavay Smith started out singing a variety of musical styles, but it was the bluesy, swinging music of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s that captured her imagination. But Smith does more than resurrect the era of jump blues and swing; she makes it relevant to a whole new generation of music-lovers. Influenced by the vocal stylings of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington, Smith has rescued many tunes from obscurity. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sentimental, Smith's innate sense of musicality is always entertaining. Her Red…

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CANCELLED – Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Monday, May 11 @ 7:00 PM
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A five-time Juno Award-winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence. With Maqueque, Bunnett has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban…

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Independently Produced Event

POSTPONED – Jim Lauderdale with Imogen Clark

Wednesday, May 13 @ 7:30 PM
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Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning Americana icon, a singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-incrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity and prolificacy for thirty-one albums over decades of recording. He’s an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have ruled the country charts while recording an eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles.  Featuring Imogen Clark opening the show. More info:  831-479-9421  |  Snazzy Productions Jim Lauderdale Website Imogen Clark Website  

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CANCELLED – Miles Okazaki’s Trickster

Thursday, May 14 @ 7:00 PM
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Miles Okazaki is a New York City-based guitarist who has been described by The New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.” His sideman experience over the last two decades covers a broad spectrum – from standards to experimental music – and his collaborators include Kenny Barron, Jane Monheit, and John Zorn. As a bandleader, Okazaki has released five albums of…

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Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a nationally- and internationally-touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, bell hooks, and more. Her most recent album, Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes, is the culmination of all of her earthly experiences merged with all of her cosmic ones. On Analog Fluids, haunting slave narratives are presented as dystopian allegory and negro spirituals are…

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POSTPONED – The Sam Chase (solo) with Jeffrey Halford

Sunday, May 17 @ 7:30 PM
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The Sam Chase is a songwriter and bandleader from San Francisco, California. His band, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, blends rock n roll and folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. Sam is a natural storyteller, treating crowds to evenings of hilarious tales, drinking songs, and soul-baring ballads. Chase is celebrating the release of his fourth album: a rock opera entitled ‘The Last Rights of Dallas Pistol.’ Over six…

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CANCELLED – Dave Weckl-Tom Kennedy Project

Monday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM
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Legendary drummer Dave Weckl has formed a new band with his longtime collaborator, bassist Tom Kennedy. The Dave Weckl-Tom Kennedy Project, touring in support of Kennedy's forthcoming new album, will also feature veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini and keyboardist Stu Mindeman. For more than forty years, Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community, as one of the greatest living drummers. Modern Drummer magazine has inducted Weckl into their Hall of Fame and named him…

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POSTPONED – Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 PM
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The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band showcases the top-tier high school student musicians from Santa Cruz and neighboring counties. Hand-picked by their band directors, these talented young ambassadors of jazz pass a rigorous audition to earn their position in the Honor Band. During weekly rehearsals at Kuumbwa, they study advanced jazz theory, arranging, improvisation, and learn valuable life skills in teamwork and critical thinking. Under the direction of David McGillicuddy, the band-members gain vital performing experience at special events and festivals throughout the school year,…

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