Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff!

Welcome New Staff! Kuumbwa Jazz is happy to welcome two new staff members, Emily Shoemaker and Ashley Bouchahine, to the administrative team! Emily joins us as the part-time Development Manager and first staff member solely dedicated to fundraising. She is responsible for developing new opportunities by researching, identifying and responding to public and private funding sources. Emily has been working in nonprofit development for more than 10 years. Her dedication to nonprofits has helped to secure over $35 million to support higher education institutions, international health causes and basic needs organizations. New to the arts, Emily is deeply passionate about the importance of music in everyday life. Emily resides in Aptos with her three children. She enjoys playing with her children at the beach, snowboarding and hiking. Ashley joins the office as our new part-time Administrative Assistant. She is the friendly voice behind answering phone calls, assisting members with ticket sales, and assisting with the smooth functioning of the office. Ashley is an East Coast native, having grown up in New York metro area. While in high school she regularly frequented a number of the city’s famous jazz clubs and was involved in her school’s choir and open mic nights. She attended Emerson College in Boston, where she graduated with a B.F.A in Writing and Publishing. When not at Kuumbwa answering phones and doing all things administrative, Ashley enjoys rocking climbing, reading copious amounts of short stories and experimenting in the kitchen. “It’s amazing to have an organization like Kuumbwa here in Santa Cruz,” says Ashley. “I’m excited to get to know our members and become a part of the...
International Jazz Day with Kim Nalley

International Jazz Day with Kim Nalley

In the spirit of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day and in collaboration with Kuumbwa Jazz, UCSC Humanities celebrates International Jazz Day 2016 featuring a headline performance by jazz vocalist Kim Nalley. The program begins with a fascinating conversation on the global historical role of jazz on race, class, and culture led by expert panelists, including UCSC Humanities Dean Tyler Stovall, UCSC History Professor Eric Porter and jazz singer/historian Kim Nalley. Stick around to enjoy the fun as Nalley switches from historian to jazz and blues vocalist for the evening’s featured performance. All guests are welcome to linger after the show. Buy tickets here.  (click on the red “Get Your Tickets Now” button)...
June Concerts On Sale Now!

June Concerts On Sale Now!

June concerts on sale now. Piano prodigy Joey Alexander, saxophone great Joshua Redman Quartet, jazz fusion heroes Yellowjackets, plus much more. Read about your favorite artists, view videos, buy tickets and more by going to our calendar page. Use the monthly toggle on the top right of your screen to scroll to the next month. Summer will be here before you know it. Don’t miss out on our great...
“Freedom & Surrender” Receives 5-Stars

“Freedom & Surrender” Receives 5-Stars

All About Jazz gives Lizz Wrights newest CD Freedom and Surrender 5 Stars. Ms. Wright returns to the stage after taking a short break, Saturday, April 16 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Read about her new album with award winning producer Larry...
Melissa Aldana Makes a Statement on New CD

Melissa Aldana Makes a Statement on New CD

When a gifted young jazz musician holds one hero above the rest, it can be hard to see past the anxiety of influence. “Back Home,” the fourth and finest album by the tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, shows what can happen when that dynamic no longer feels so fraught. It’s a supremely focused statement that makes no attempt to blur its lineage and yet feels largely unburdened by legacy. Read entire New York Times article...
Esperanza Spalding on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Esperanza Spalding on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Watch “Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, March 9 on CBS! Then, watch her take the stage right at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, March 12 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available...