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Gerald Clayton & Elena Pinderhughes Duo

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Old Blind Dogs

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An Evening of Music, Insights & Healing – Featuring Mokili Wa, Lauren Monroe, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and Friends

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Jeff Hamilton Organ Trio feat. Akiko Tsuruga & Steve Kovalcheck

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

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Karen with a K – A Musical Temper Tantrum

Karen with a K is a garage-rock musical, social satire created by Laura February Strange. The titular character Karen (with a K) is a woman stumbling through a very bad day. Wearing her self-serving flaws like a gaudy, costume tiara, her current ordeals are conceived in a dozen or so songs written by Ms Strange […]

Gerald Clayton & Elena Pinderhughes Duo

Six-time GRAMMY nominated pianist-composer and Blue Note recording artist Gerald Clayton began formal studies at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music under the instruction of Billy Childs, following a year of intensive study with NEA Jazz Master Kenny […]

Santa Cruz Works presents: Super Tech

Learn about the latest technologies, apps, and tools. Connect with community members and professionals from across Santa Cruz County. More info: derickson@santacruzworks.org Santa Cruz Works Website

Molly Miller Trio

Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style. She’s one of Los Angeles’s most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, and Sin Bandera, at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, and […]

Old Blind Dogs

The musical evolution of Old Blind Dogs began in Aberdeen in 1992 with roots that grew from the eclectic music scene that flourished in the Granite City during the early 90’s. Four musicians from very different musical backgrounds came together to create a full-time professional touring band with the aim of showcasing the rich tradition […]

An Evening of Music, Insights & Healing – Featuring Mokili Wa, Lauren Monroe, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and Friends

Don't miss out on this special evening dedicated to transforming hearts and opening minds to healing through music, storytelling, and the power of community. Proceeds go to Northern California First Responder Trauma Recovery through Raven Drum Foundation, a US 501(c)(3) public charity. Raven Drum Foundation was established in 2001 by Founders Rick Allen and Lauren […]

Graduate Recital: Sal Alamillo & James Conelly

Celebrate the graduation of Sal Alamillo (drums) and James Conelly (bass) from the Jazz Studies program at San Jose State University. This dynamic drummer and bassist duo has collaborated since the beginning of their Graduate studies and now present their graduate recital. On Cinco de Mayo at 7pm, immerse yourself in a diverse musical experience […]

Jeff Hamilton Organ Trio feat. Akiko Tsuruga & Steve Kovalcheck

‘Originality’ is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Hamilton is equally at home in smaller […]

Alex Cuba

Alex Cuba’s sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks, and powerful guitar riffs relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. Cuba is a Grammy/Latin Grammy and Juno winning singer-songwriter/producer and musician, born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba. He was immersed in music at a very young age, joining his father’s (guitarist and teacher […]

Chris Cain Band

Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues. His powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired, blues guitar riffs are unforgettable; uniquely his own, while reminiscent of the legendary BB King and Albert King. As a child, Cain attended concerts with his dad to hear many of the great blues artists of […]

QWANQWA

Beaming in from the sizzling Addis Ababa nightlife scene, QWANQWA shines an experimentalism based in the virtuosity of rooted traditions. With swirling masinko (one-stringed fiddle), wah-wah violin, bass krar grooves, the heavy riffs of goat skin kebero beats, and powerful mellismatic lead African diva vocals, QWANQWA keeps audiences rapt in celebratory attention. QWANQWA's debut US […]

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents: Little Wings with Shannon Lay

Little Wings is Kyle Field's band since 1998... Exploring themes of loneliness and togetherness with oneself and others, the music tries to capture through poetry the feelings of being a human being and match words with their appropriate tone and color. To be alive. (((folkYEAH!))) Website More info:  info@folkyeah.com

Pierre Bensusan

French-Algerian acoustic guitar virtuoso, vocalist and composer Pierre Bensusan, surnamed “Mister DADGAD”, has taken his unique sound to all corners of the globe. Winner of the Independent Music Award for his triple live album Encore, voted Best World Music Guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine reader’s Poll, winner of the Rose d’Or at the Montreux Festival […]

Emmet Cohen Trio

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged as one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his "nimble touch, measured […]

Vijay Iyer Trio

Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential, shape-shifting presence in 21st-century music. His deeply interactive, powerfully expressive musical language is indebted to the composer-pianist lineage from Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk to Alice Coltrane and Geri Allen, the creative music movement of the 60s and 70s, and rhythmic traditions of […]

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Meet our '23/'24 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band! Featuring Reuben Cave, Ryu Cirillo, Derick Freitas, Nolan Frink, Adrian Hagedorn, Jonah Harre, Kyle McMillan, and Logan Manildi, the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band showcases some of the most talented high-school student musicians from Santa Cruz County and the Central Coast region. These young jazz ambassadors pass a rigorous […]

Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60’s and Beyond

Peter Asher takes you through the magical 60s, 70s & more, with tales of the Beatles' Apple, James Taylor, and Linda Ronstadt. Featuring the hits of Peter & Gordon. More info, email:  Keith Putney Productions    

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

Guitarist Mason Razavi has been a mainstay on the Bay Area jazz scene for over a decade, having led his groups at SF Jazz, San Jose Jazz, and Bach Dancing and Dynamite as well as countless clubs and concert series. His albums have often featured ambitious original music that has been warmly received, with albums […]

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