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June 2019

Eric Alexander Quartet with Special Guest Eric Reed

Monday, June 24 @ 7:00 PM

Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was twelve, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage…

Kuumbwa Summer Jazz Camp Concert

Thursday, June 27 @ 7:00 PM

Kuumbwa’s Summer 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 Cabrillo College, with this final day performance on the Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage. FREE | All Ages Doors beginning at 6:00 PM Kuumbwa Jazz Camp Website

Kuumbwa Jazz & Santa Cruz Shakespeare Present Le Boeuf Brothers & Tommy Gomez: A Winter’s Tale Remix

Friday, June 28 @ 7:30 PM

A co-presentation by Kuumbwa Jazz and Santa Cruz Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale Remix is a melding of theatre and jazz. In this production, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale receives a reimagining by Santa Cruz Shakespeare actor Tommy Gomez and the Le Boeuf Brothers, an acclaimed jazz ensemble with local roots. This co-presentation supports the nonprofit education programs of both Santa Cruz Shakespeare and Kuumbwa Jazz. $42/Advance $47.25/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)…

Kuumbwa Jazz & Santa Cruz Shakespeare Present Le Boeuf Brothers & Tommy Gomez: A Winter’s Tale Remix

Saturday, June 29 @ 7:30 PM

A co-presentation by Kuumbwa Jazz and Santa Cruz Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale Remix is a melding of theatre and jazz. In this production, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale receives a reimagining by Santa Cruz Shakespeare actor Tommy Gomez and the Le Boeuf Brothers, an acclaimed jazz ensemble with local roots. This co-presentation supports the nonprofit education programs of both Santa Cruz Shakespeare and Kuumbwa Jazz. $42/Advance $47.25/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)…

July 2019

Kenny Werner & Gregoire Maret – Between a Smile and a Tear: A Tribute to Toots Thielemans

Monday, July 1 @ 7:00 PM

Between a Smile and a Tear is a heartfelt celebration of the influential Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans. Revisiting Thielemans legacy in this project are his longtime pianist Kenny Werner and Gregoire Maret, Thielemans heir-apparent in the world of jazz harmonica. Werner and Maret bring their own sensibilities to Thieleman’s oeuvre, while never losing sight of his influence and impact. $31.50/Advance $36.75/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included) Doors & Dinner Beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored…

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