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May 2017

7:00 pm – Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Thursday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the “best of the best” 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 team work and critical thinking. Under the direction of Terrel Eaton—longtime Santa Cruz music educator and musician—they gain vital…

7:00 pm – Wolff–Clark Expedition Feat. Buster Williams & Hailey Niswanger

Friday, May 5 @ 7:00 PM

Featuring soulful and funky grooves, Wolff-Clark Expedition features pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark at the helm. Both having received their start in the Bay Area in the 1970s, they’ve gone on to become preeminent musicians in contemporary jazz. Each has logged collaborations with musical legends—Wolff with Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson and Sonny Rollins; Clark with The Headhunters, Wayne Shorter and Eddie Henderson. The Wolff-Clark Expedition combines their affinities for improvisational jazz and deep-pocket funk. Their latest album, Expedition…

8:00 pm – The Wily Minx Extravaganza

Saturday, May 6 @ 8:00 PM

Burlesque! Live singing! Comedy! A titillating cabaret experience brought to you by the Bay Area’s powerhouse burlesque troupe, the Wily Minxes! These Minxes are serving up a bonafide rainbow of entertainment, and they’re guaranteed to hit every color. Don’t miss this highly-anticipated night of jaw-dropping glamour and high-octane humor! Santa Cruz-based burlesque troupe, the Wily Minxes, is a posse of classically trained dancers known for their graceful athleticism and frisky charm. Their stunning choreography is a high-octane love affair between titillating elegance and…

7:00 pm – Gerald Clayton Trio

Monday, May 8 @ 7:00 PM

With four Grammy nominations already to his name, pianist Gerald Clayton is poised for continued renown and acclaim. A graduate of University of Southern California, where he studied with Billy Childs, he also studied under the tutelage of NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron. Solidifying the pianist’s run of legendary apprenticeships is Clayton’s father, bassist John Clayton. Central Coast jazz fans may know Gerald Clayton as the Musical Director for the latest Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour ensemble, as he is an expert and intuitive collaborator. His forthcoming album, Tributary Trails,…

7:00 pm – Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro

Thursday, May 11 @ 7:00 PM

Anat Cohen is a fresh shot of high energy for the often neglected clarinet. A standout performer, she has won the clarinet category in both the Jazz Journalist’s and DownBeat jazz polls for several years in a row, and her onstage exuberance is as contagious as the music she plays. Once the preferred instrument of swing era legends Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, the clarinet lost out to the brassy, harsher sounding saxophone as the reed instrument of choice in…

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