Brian’s Best Bets

Brian’s Best Bets

Artist administrator Brian Fitzgerald knows jazz. By day Brian handles artist liaison and contract duties, in addition to helping patrons purchase tickets; by night (at on his lunch break) he is a talented jazz guitarist. Here’s Brian’s Best Bets on summer concerts worth checking out. Julian Lage To fully realize the impact of Julian’s prodigious talent on the guitar and appreciate his dedication to his art, you have to experience him live––in person. The trio format provides the perfect structure to showcase Julian’s formidable skills and allow for maximum musical interaction and exploration. Davina & the Vagabonds If the name alone is not enough to get you off the couch and “down to the nightclub,” then take my word for it – this Davina & the Vagabonds is worth the price of admission at twice the price! Prepare yourself for a night of blues-based fun with Davina’s infectious vocals, piano playing and stellar stage presence. Anthony Wilson and the Curators Anthony can and does do it all, quite literally. Gifted writer, top-flight Grammy-nominated composer and arranger, producer, bandleader, first call sideman, and more. Now add vocalist to this impressive list. Did I mention that he also has serious chops as well? Don’t take my word for it—come see for yourself. Yellowjackets Strap on your seat belt and get ready for takeoff! From the first note to the last, this ensemble burns as if their very lives depended on it. For Jacket fans, this is not news. They should be on every jazz fan’s musical bucket list. If you haven’t seen them, here is your chance to experience jazz fusion...
9pm Show Added! Tony Lindsay Presents: The Music of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls & Bill Withers

9pm Show Added! Tony Lindsay Presents: The Music of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls & Bill Withers

Tony Lindsay Presents: The Music of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls & Bill Withers sold out so quickly, Kuumbwa Jazz has added a 2nd show at 9:00 pm on Thursday, January 14. Tony Lindsay’s fans know him as a founding member of the popular r&b/jazz group Spang-a-Lang and as an amazing, uncompromising singer. His smooth, soulful vocal work with Santana–an association that has stretched over twenty years–spearheaded the guitar legend’s accession to eleven Grammy awards. Besides Santana, Tony has performed or recorded with Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Patti Austin, and Aretha Franklin–just part of a long list of top-tier international artists. Vocalists Nicolas Beard and Fred Ross join Lindsay for a rootsy night of sophisticated soul celebrating three stellar singer/songwriters: Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls and Bill...
Tim’s Six-Pick

Tim’s Six-Pick

With over 40 years of experience presenting jazz at Kuumbwa (plus over 25 years of programming the world-famous Monterey Jazz Festival) Artistic Director/Co-Founder Tim Jackson is an expert in the field. As a result of patrons asking us which shows are must-see, Tim’s created his personal list of Six-Picks, “not-to-miss” shows for the spring calendar. Orrin Evans Trio, March 13 Pianist Orrin Evans has all the bases covered. From solo piano to his Captain Black Big Band, Orrin continuously expands the boundaries of jazz piano. His trio work is most sublime. Buika, March 20 at Rio Theatre Spanish vocalist Concha Buika is an international sensation. Her blend of Flamenco, R&B and Afro-Beat traditions has won fans across the globe. This is her first visit to Santa Cruz. Nolatet, April 7 Nolatet is what’s happening! Vibraphonist Mike Dillon and pianist Brian Haas float are legendary on the NO rhythm scene, joined by James Singleton on bass and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. Allison Miller, April 14 With her great band BOOM TIC BOOM! Allison has made several visits to Kuumbwa over the years. This is one of the great young bands in jazz and worth checking out. DakhaBrakha, May 4 This incredible Ukranian folk quartet played Kuumbwa last year and wowed the audience. They blend world music tradition and unique instrumentations into a virtuosic sound all their own. Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, May 16 Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez continues to mesmerize with his latest release Tocororo, filled with innovation and passion. No wonder Quincy Jones continues to produce this rising sensation. Hope to see you soon!...

Jazz Notes Jan/Feb 2016

January/February Concerts On Sale We are kicking off the new year with a fantastic set of concerts for all musical tastes: January 25 Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour featuring Raul Midón, Ravi Coltrane, Nicholas Payton, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders, Gregory Hutchinson; February 5 Booker T. Jones; February 8 Aaron Neville Quintet featuring Charles Neville (at the Rio Theatre); February 13 Tuck and Patti (Special Valentine’s dinner available); February 16 Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton (at the Rio Theatre); February 29 Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort. For a complete list of concerts, visit: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org/calendar/2016-01/ Thank You 2015 Concert Sponsors Appenrodt Commercial Properties, A Train Law Group, George Badger and Barbara Beerstein, Richard Baer and Bella Babot, Barry Swenson Builder, Bill and Cloy Codiga, Dr. Arthur Dover, Aptos Travel Clinic, Dunbar Productions, East Harbor Studios, Erik’s DeliCafé, Fine Art 360, Howard and Rosalind Fisher, French Resources Group, Gal Palz for Jazz, Gayle’s Bakery and Rosticceria, Kyle Goldman, Good Times/SantaCruz.com, Harry Harrington and Sharon Hale, The High Notes, Jazzabelles, David and Abigail Kaun Fund, Kuumbwa Jazz Board of Trustees, Kuumbwa Kats, Lighthouse Bank, Logos Books & Records, Drew Miller – Digital Benefits Advisors, Sue Nerton and Tom Thacher, The Offbeats, Plazita Medical Clinic, Gordon and Teresa Pusser, Swift Street ArtWorkSpace, Radiology Medical Group, Relatives of Rhythm, Redtree Partners, Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co., Santa Cruz County Bank, Scott Smith and Mary Culley/Rachel Spencer and Kevin Rooney, Soif Wine Bar & Merchants, Michelle Taylor and Jeff Farnsworth, Ten Sharps, Wedeen Hammer Group at Morgan Stanley, Stuart and Daphne Wells, Wells Fargo Bank Ellington Awards Since 2005, Kuumbwa Jazz has honored individuals whose long-standing support...
KJ Board of Trustees Celebrate Jazz

KJ Board of Trustees Celebrate Jazz

Kuumbwa Jazz Board of Trustees celebrate their sold-out, sponsored, concert featuring the Kuumbwa Jazz debut of 12-year old piano prodigy, Joey Alexander. For more on Joey Alexander visit: http://joeyalexandermusic.com/ photos: r.r....