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Monday, April 17, 2023
7:00 PM
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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Reunion! Trio: Bruce Forman, John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton

6:00 PM
THIS CONCERT IS SOLD OUT. Dinner Specials are SOLD OUT. Meat & veggie chili will be available to purchase at the counter. Masks are encouraged. Please click the 'Plan Your Visit' button above for more information. Thank you!

Dinner Special:
Chicken Curry with Sweet Potatoes, Spinach & Cashews
Basmati Rice
House Salad & Baguette
*meat & veggie chili will be available to order at the counter


Together, guitarist Bruce Forman, bassist John Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton celebrate the music of The Poll Winners. Of the project, Forman writes:

“Can a musical instrument possess someone’s soul? Probably not. But it can tell stories, bind generations, and bring people together. So, then…maybe it can?

I recently became caretaker of Barney Kessel’s guitar. Besides being a music icon, he was also my mentor and friend. Since his death I’ve played the guitar when visiting his widow and did so until she was compelled to put it up for auction. Due to a recent occurrence (more like paranormal intervention) I’ve gotten it back.

​My dream for a long time has been to reunite instruments played by Barney, Ray Brown and Shelly Manne (known as The Poll Winners) being played by their respective protégés. While many people might not know of them…they have definitely heard them! Besides being jazz giants, they were also studio stalwarts who played music on movies, TV, and popular hits throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. (Beach Boys, Elvis, Pink Panther to name a very few).

​I have been able to bring their instruments together again! And I’m doubly gratified that all of us who are involved (John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, myself), have played together in myriad situations (including with the original owners). This is like kids getting together and playing their parents instruments! It is also a story of tying the past and present together with a willful and loving eye to the future. The overwhelming support received further cements my resolve that this a story that resonates deeply, far beyond the beautiful sounds still left in these vintage instruments.” – Bruce Forman

Reunion! Trio Website 
Sponsored by Kenneth Koenig & Lisa Rose
(Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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