Our Mission

Mission Statement

Kuumbwa Jazz provides opportunities for residents and visitors in the Santa Cruz area to enjoy and appreciate the full spectrum of jazz music through live performance and education.  We present extraordinary regional, national, and international musicians and provide educational programs for people of all ages.

Vision Statement

Kuumbwa Jazz envisions a community where all people can experience the joy of music, and understand the value and legacy of jazz as an original American art form.

Organizational Values

Our work at Kuumbwa is guided by the following set of principles and core values. We are committed to:

Our Mission
  • THE HISTORY OF JAZZ – by presenting its full spectrum of musical expression.
  • LIVE PERFORMANCES – experienced in a comfortable atmosphere conducive to creative expression as well as connection between musicians and audiences.
  • EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES – for people of all ages and to nurture future audiences and musicians.
  • MUSIC AS A UNIFYING FORCE – uniting people of differing life experiences and promoting understanding across cultures.
  • RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP – Sustaining organizational stability and realizing our mission.
  • OUR COMMUNITY – by working to engage with, and contribute, to the cultural health of our neighborhood and community-at-large.
  • A RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT – supporting artists, staff, volunteers, patrons, and contributors.
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