Events for March 2024

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Proteus Trio

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Sullivan Fortner Trio

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Dianne Reeves

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Tres Souls

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Eliades Ochoa – 7:00 PM

Eliades Ochoa – 9:00 PM

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UCSC Grad Slam

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OKAN

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Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs

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Altan

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Raul Midón

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Caleb Dillon-Murray -“The Place To Be” Album Release Party

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Wolf Jett – “Time Will Finally Come” – Record Release with Wild Iris & Alex Jordan

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CANCELLED – Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

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Master Class: David McGillicuddy & Kiefer Taylor – Practical Strategies for Sight-Reading

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Owen Broder Quintet – Hodges: Front & Center

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RESCHEDULED – Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents: Jenni Muldaur & Teddy Thompson

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Lúnasa

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Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

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Orrin Evans Trio

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Canyon Sisters – Album Release Concert

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Breabach

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Ethan Iverson Trio

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Proteus Trio

"A string-centric power trio that brings together three of the most versatile and adventurous musicians in the Bay Area, Proteus Trio doesn’t so much ignore genre conventions as embrace every musical practice. Violinist Evan Price earned two Grammy Awards during his decade-long run with Turtle Island Quartet and continues his two-decade-plus tenure in the pioneering […]

Sullivan Fortner Trio

Dinner Special: Braised Cannellini Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Shiitake Mushrooms & Spinach in a Spicy Coconut Broth Basmati Rice House Salad & Baguette *meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– For the past decade, Sullivan Fortner has been stretching deep-rooted talents as a pianist, composer, band-leader and uncompromising individualist. The […]

Dianne Reeves

Dinner Special (SOLD OUT): Steelhead Trout with Lemon Tamari & Garlic Basmati Rice House Salad & Baguette *meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter ––– Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today — her incredible range of talents is richly on display in each and every […]

Tres Souls

Boleros On-Screen! Check out this list of classic Mexican films curated by Watsonville Film Festival and inspired by the bolero music of Tres Souls: Bolero Inmortal (1958) – Click to Watch Aventurera (1949) – Click to Watch Escuela de Vagabundos (1955) – Click to Watch Muertos de Miedo (1958) – Click to Watch   “Beloved Los Angeles trio, […]

Eliades Ochoa – 7:00 PM

Eliades Ochoa was born on June 22, 1946, in Songo la Maya, Santiago de Cuba. Ochoa is considered one of the most renowned Cuban “soneros” of all time, a notable defender of traditional Cuban music, and the best guitarist of his generation. His distinctive cowboy hat and his penchant for wearing black have led some […]

Eliades Ochoa – 9:00 PM

Eliades Ochoa was born on June 22, 1946, in Songo la Maya, Santiago de Cuba. Ochoa is considered one of the most renowned Cuban “soneros” of all time, a notable defender of traditional Cuban music, and the best guitarist of his generation. His distinctive cowboy hat and his penchant for wearing black have led some […]

UCSC Grad Slam

Grad Slam is a communication contest hosted by the UC Santa Cruz Graduate Division that is open to all graduate students, except those who have won 1st place in a previous Grad Slam. Participants have a maximum of three minutes to explain their graduate research or artistic endeavor to a general audience. Prizes are $3000 to […]

An Evening with Branford Marsalis – 7:00 PM

Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, band-leader and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence. Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans […]

An Evening with Branford Marsalis – 9:00 PM

Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, band-leader and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence. Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans […]

OKAN

Fusing Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, resistance, and love, OKAN takes their name from the word for ‘heart’ in their Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria. With vocals in Spanish, English, and Spanglish, OKAN is led by the Cuban-born violinist/vocalist Elizabeth Rodriguez and percussionist/vocalist Magdelys Savigne (both of whom are […]

An Evening of Moroccan Tamazight music featuring AZA and Tawja N Umarg

This show is different than previous AZA shows at Kuumbwa Jazz center. The first part of the show will feature Tawja N Umarg, a new local band who has spent the last ten years learning traditional Moroccan Tamazight music. The second part of the evening will feature AZA, bringing new material worked up over the […]

Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs

“You get people together and get them singing, and you instantly knock down all the walls – the creeds, the gender, age and race differences, everything. You’re all one at that point, lifting your voices…I love to knock down the wall between performer and audience, that is always my goal. I invite individuals on the […]

Altan

With a career in Irish music over for 35 years, Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Audiences from Ireland to Japan to Australia to Europe have embraced their heartwarming, dynamic live performances and their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings. Over a dozen releases […]

Raul Midón

Singer/songwriter/guitarist/engineer Raul Midón first made his mark as a first-call session singer upon graduation from the prestigious Studio Jazz program at the University of Miami in 1991. He sang background vocals on more than 60 Latin recordings, many of them Grammy-winning. In 1999 he was asked to join the touring band of Shakira. After moving […]

Caleb Dillon-Murray -“The Place To Be” Album Release Party

Bay Area saxophonist Caleb Dillon-Murray is releasing a new jazz fusion album called The Place To Be. It features jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-seat, roller-coaster rides of musical experiences from one of the best saxophonists in the Bay Area. With killer original tunes and unique arrangements, it’s going to be an amazing night you can’t miss. Featuring Caleb […]

CANCELLED – Alfredo Rodriguez Trio

Alfredo Rodriguez is an internationally acclaimed Cuban jazz pianist. Born in Havana in 1985 and named for his father – a popular singer, television host, and entertainer – Rodriguez began his musical studies on percussion at the age of seven and training on the piano at age ten. After connecting with legendary producer Quincy Jones […]

Master Class: David McGillicuddy & Kiefer Taylor – Practical Strategies for Sight-Reading

Learn and apply practical and successful strategies to develop, improve, and master your musical sight-reading skills. Whether you’re in the recording studio, performing in concert halls, or playing in small clubs or your living room, there are many benefits in being able to sight-read music. This skill can often seem intimidating and elusive, but in […]

Owen Broder Quintet – Hodges: Front & Center

“If more were idiosyncratic labors of love like alto saxophonist Owen Broder’s “Hodges: Front & Center,” well, the scene would be a whole lot more fun.” (Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Classical Voice) Owen Broder’s Hodges: Front & Center honors Johnny Hodges, the lead alto saxophonist of the Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra, as a band leader […]

RESCHEDULED – Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, MARCH 25 Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San […]

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents: Jenni Muldaur & Teddy Thompson

The great country duets are an American treasure. Recorded by country music royalty in Nashville in the 1960s through the 1970s, these songs of euphoric, put-a-ring-on-it love, and private-tears heartbreak have a universal resonance that spans generations and cultures. Take British singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson and New York folk-rock artist Jenni Muldaur. Both grew up decades […]

Lúnasa

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key […]

Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet

RESCHEDULED FROM SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San […]

Orrin Evans Trio

For more than two decades, pianist Orrin Evans has made an art form of the unexpected. With more than twenty-five albums to his credit, and without ever relying on the support of a major label, Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist who’s made a habit of rattling cages. That determination has […]

Canyon Sisters – Album Release Concert

Canyon Sisters is a folk/rock duo from Santa Cruz, CA.  Ariel and Becca grew up as step-sisters, sharing a room, sharing stories, and singing together in harmony. The two sisters recorded their first full length collaboration in Nashville last year and will be celebrating their album release, Hidden Rivers,  joined by guitarist, Yuji Tojo, drummer, […]

Omar Sosa – Quarteto Americanos – 7:00 PM

GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today. Sosa fuses a wide range of jazz, world music, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound – all with a Latin jazz heart. The latest twist in Sosa’s […]

Omar Sosa – Quarteto Americanos – 9:00 PM

GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today. Sosa fuses a wide range of jazz, world music, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound – all with a Latin jazz heart. The latest twist in Sosa’s […]

Breabach

Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, Breabach unite deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative musical ferment of their Glasgow base. They have released six increasingly acclaimed albums, while fuelling their creative appetites in collaborations with indigenous Australasian artists, Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord, and most recently […]

Ethan Iverson Trio

Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus (TBP), a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure, TBP performed in venues as diverse as the […]

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