Events for June 2024

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Master Class: Tammy L. Hall – How Do You Know What to Play?

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Mason Razavi Organ Quartet feat. Charles McNeal

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Rachel Z Trio feat. Omar Hakim

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The Rodriguez Brothers

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Jane Monheit

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Pawn Shop Soul

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An Evening with Shabaka

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Alison Brown Quintet

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Ekep Nkwelle

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GoGo Penguin

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Azar Lawrence Experience

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Kuumbwa Jazz Camp Concert

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2024 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year Profile Performance: Tammi Brown

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Take 6 – 7:00 PM

Take 6 – 9:00 PM

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CANCELLED – Master Class: Claudia Villela – Brazilian Rhythms & Melodies

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Realtime Collective feat. Kristen Strom, Tammy L. Hall, Ruth Davies & Sylvia Cuenca

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The Alex Lucero Band

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Chris Potter Trio feat. Kendrick Scott & Matt Brewer

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Master Class: Tammy L. Hall – How Do You Know What to Play?

GRAMMY-winning pianist, composer, arranger, lecturer, and musical director Tammy L. Hall began playing the piano at age four and is still devoted to that instrument, music, and its calling. After attending Oakland’s Mills College, Hall’s career has spanned more than four decades, with no end in sight. In pursuit of the creation, development, and performance […]

Mason Razavi Organ Quartet feat. Charles McNeal

Guitarist Mason Razavi has been a mainstay on the SF Bay Area jazz scene for over a decade. He has been praised for his “top-tier guitarmanship” (Vintage Guitar Magazine), while his compositions offer “an introspective experience of deeper meaning” (JazzTimes).  He’s been recognized in his hometown as a “melodically inventive composer” (San Jose Mercury News) and a […]

Rachel Z Trio feat. Omar Hakim

Dinner Special: Herb Crusted Steelhead Trout  Green Orzo House Salad & Baguette  *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Rachel Z is a keyboardist with a long history of award-winning performances in the worlds of jazz and rock. She co-wrote the Grammy-winning song “Tokyo Blue” with saxophonist Najee, and in addition […]

The Rodriguez Brothers

Dinner Special: Salad Niçoise with Steelhead Trout Baguette  *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– The Rodriguez Brothers is co-led by pianist/composer Robert and trumpeter/composer Michael. The brothers were born in NYC and grew up in, Miami FL. Inspired by their father, who is a drummer, the brothers began musical […]

Jane Monheit

Dinner Special (SOLD OUT): Grilled Chicken with Romesco Roasted Rosemary Potatoes House Salad & Baguette *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Jane Monheit is a jazz and adult contemporary vocalist with a deep passion for the Great American Songbook. With many highly acclaimed solo albums, countless awards and […]

Pawn Shop Soul

Pawn Shop Soul presents high energy dance music, largely instrumentals from the 60s and 70s. Featuring tunes fronting horns and organ, they pick old school grooves you may never have heard before. Or maybe you will recognize beats or horn hooks sampled by hip hop artists. Our repertoire spans Soul, Soul Jazz, Funk, Boogaloo, and […]

Sing Out for Pete’s Sake! – A Celebration of Pete Seeger

Join in a celebration of Pete Seeger with musicians who spent time and made music with this beloved American folk singing icon! Emma’s Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O), Jaeger & Reid (Bob Reid and his partner, Judi Jaeger) and musical activist Aileen Vance will perform a sing-along concert celebrating the music and life of […]

An Evening with Shabaka

Dinner Special: Braised Cannellini Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach in a Spicy Coconut Broth House Salad & Baguette *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Visit our neighbors at Redwood Records before the show for a free happy hour listening party, with live DJ sets and pourings […]

Alison Brown Quintet

Dinner Special: Grilled Chicken with Olive Tomato Relish Roasted Rosemary Potatoes  House Salad & Baguette  *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– One of the most multi-faceted minds in roots music, Alison Brown is a GRAMMY-winning musician, GRAMMY-nominated producer, and co-founder of The Compass Records Group which is celebrating its […]

Ekep Nkwelle

Dinner Special: Grilled Shrimp Farro, Tomatoes & Parmesan Crostini  *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Ekep Nkwelle, a 24-year-old Cameroonian-American jazz vocalist, has carved her musical path from the vibrant streets of Washington, DC, to the heart of New York City’s jazz scene. Her journey through the esteemed […]

GoGo Penguin

Dinner Special: Herb Roasted Chicken with Fresh Green Herb Sauce Creamy Polenta Salad & Baguette *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Emotive, cinematic break-beat trio GoGo Penguin are back, playing music from their exhilarating album Everything Is Going to Be OK (SonyMusicXXIM), together with songs from their luminous […]

The Guests feat. Lucy Woodward & Henry Hey

Dinner Special: Chicken Paprikash in a Creamy Sweet Red Pepper Sauce Salad & Baguette *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Who are The Guests? Maybe they are this pair of vocalist and pianist coming to visit your living room, or maybe the guests are all of the songwriters […]

Azar Lawrence Experience

Dinner Special: Cabillaud a la Basque Ling Cod in a Tomato Sauce with Potatoes Salad & Baguette *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Azar Lawrence was a musical prodigy, lovingly tutored by his mother, who taught music and led their church choir. At age five, he played violin […]

Kuumbwa Jazz Camp Concert

Kuumbwa’s Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students 12-18 years old who are interested in learning to play jazz. Students receive both one-on-one and group instruction and the camp focuses on live performance, basic improvisation, theory, soloing concepts/phrasing, along with jazz history and appreciation. Daily classes are held in the VAPA complex at […]

2024 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year Profile Performance: Tammi Brown

Tammi Brown, jazz and gospel singer, has been named 2024 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission. The Artist of the Year award is presented to local artists for outstanding achievement in the discipline of performing, visual, or literary arts who have also made a substantial contribution to the […]

Take 6 – 7:00 PM

Dinner Special (SOLD OUT): Black Cod with Miso Sauce Rice Salad and Baguette *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!,” is the […]

Take 6 – 9:00 PM

Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea, and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!,” is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. With ten GRAMMYs, ten Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and they as Members of the […]

CANCELLED – Master Class: Claudia Villela – Brazilian Rhythms & Melodies

A renowned artist/vocalist/pianist/percussionist with a longstanding connection to Kuumbwa, Claudia Villela will present this dynamic Brazilian Rhythms & Melodies class. Exploring musical styles from across Brazil, with a focus on northeastern forro traditions, participants will gain familiarity with a range of musical traditions and gain confidence in how to play them.

Realtime Collective feat. Kristen Strom, Tammy L. Hall, Ruth Davies & Sylvia Cuenca

Dinner Special: Japanese-Style Chicken Curry Rice House Salad & Baguette *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– A group of women at the top of their profession, Realtime Collective is an all-star quartet of bandleaders with a special connection to creating music in real-time. The ensemble features Kristen Strom […]

The Alex Lucero Band

The Alex Lucero Band is a Soul/Americana touring act based out of Santa Cruz, CA. They have been hand selected and placed on multiple curated Spotify playlists and have also received awards on The Roots Soul/R&B Charts for their original compositions. Their wide array of material and super tight band dynamics have made them a […]

Chris Potter Trio feat. Kendrick Scott & Matt Brewer

Dinner Special: Roast Chicken with Mushrooms & Mustard  Rosemary Roasted Potatoes House Salad & Baguette  *meat or veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– A world-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Potter’s music showcases limitless creativity and […]

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