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Thursday, September 14, 2023
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Person2Person with Eric Person & Houston Person

6:00 PM
All Ages
Advance ticket and advanced Dinner Special sales for this show have ended. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:00 PM. Dinner Specials can be purchased at the counter (subject to availability). Masks are welcomed. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information. Thank you!

Dinner Special:
Black Cod with Miso Sauce
House Salad & Baguette
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


In 2009, at a performance in Rochester, New York, saxophonists Houston Person and Eric Person came together on stage for the first time. The large and enthusiastic audience saw the debut of the pairing that is now known as Person2Person. Eric says the collaboration “was a long time coming and I enjoyed every minute of it. Performing alongside Houston is a dream come true.” After the performance, both were elated by its reception and promised to do it again. A few years later, at the world-famous Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City, the two Persons kicked off a two-night stint featuring Eric’s blues composition “Old Hat Feathers.” Building on their performance success, they decided the next logical artistic step would be to record an album together, kicking off a continued collaboration to this day.

Eric Person has been on the jazz scene since the early 1980s. His diverse experiences include performing with such jazz luminaries as Dave Holland, Chico Hamilton, John Hicks, Wallace Roney, and many others. Eric has also performed with genre bending musicians Vernon Reid, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Will Calhoun, Ben Harper, and Bootsy Collins. His eleven releases under his leadership emphasize his compositional talent, adventurous spirit, versatility and joyful collaboration.

Houston Person was dubbed “the natural heir to the Boss Tenor crown worn so long and so well by Gene Ammons” by historian Bob Porter. After years as record producer, house tenor-man for HighNote Records and touring with the late Etta Jones, Person is now recognized as a master of popular songs. Houston built his reputation as a leader with a series of soulful recordings for Prestige in the 1960s. In addition to his performances under his leadership, he is best-known for his legendary collaboration with vocalist Etta Jones, which lasted over 30 years. Houston’s appearances as sideman are legion, and include recordings with Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Etta Jones, Dakota Staton, Horace Silver, Charles Earland, Joey DeFrancesco, and many others. Houston has recorded over 150 albums as a leader and sideman.

Joining Eric and Houston on this concert date are pianist Adam Klipple, bassist Marcus Shelby, and drummer Sylvia Cuenca.

Eric Person Website
Sponsored by Erik & Judy Johnson
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


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320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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