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Tim’s Six-Pick

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet Joe has been a Kuumbwa favorite for decades. I remember his legendary gig here in the 80’s with Bill Frisell and Paul Motian. This visit, Joe will have his Classic Quartet, which recently released a new recording on Blue Note, Classic! Live...

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Renowned Indian Musicians Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma

Renowned Indian Musicians Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma

Indian musicians Zakir Hussain and Rahul Sharma bring their mastering of the tabla and the santoor to the Rio Theatre on Sunday, April 30th at 7:30 pm. Zakir Hussain is an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently...

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Support Jazz Education! Dine at Shadowbrook

Support Jazz Education! Dine at Shadowbrook

Support Jazz Education! Dine at Shadowbrook Tuesday, March 7th, 5:30-9pm – Enjoy live music, excellent food and support jazz education at the landmark Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola! Shadowbrook will donate 1/3rd of the evening’s food and beverage sales to...

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Iconic folk, jazz and blues singer Barbara Dane

Iconic folk, jazz and blues singer Barbara Dane

Kuumbwa Jazz kicks off 42 years of presenting world-class jazz on Monday, January 9th with iconic American folk, jazz and blues singer and political activist Barbara Dane. Dane recently returned from Cuba where she was made an honorary member of the Union of Cuban...

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Grammy Nominations!

Congratulations to all our friends and Kuumbwa Jazz alum nominated for Grammys, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Best World Music Album), Branford Marsalis w/Kurt Elling (Best Jazz Vocal Album) and John Scofield (Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Jazz Instrumental...

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Congratulations 2016 – 17 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band Members

Congratulations 2016 – 17 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band Members

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the “best of the best” high school student musicians from Santa Cruz and neighboring counties. Hand-picked by their band directors, these talented young “ambassadors of jazz” pass a rigorous audition to earn their position in the...

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Great Seats Available—JLCO with Wynon Marsalis, October 2nd

“The finest big band in the world today.” —London’s Daily Telegraph The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, founded by GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize Winner Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today....

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band 2016-17

Qualified high school students are invited to audition for the 2016-2017 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band. Auditions are open to all high school students who are prepared for an intensive jazz performance group. All positions in the ensemble are open each fall. Being in the...

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Kuumbwa Showcases Young Talent at the 2016 Jazz Camp Concert

Kuumbwa Showcases Young Talent at the 2016 Jazz Camp Concert

While most Santa Cruz County kids are just now easing into their summer routines, a group of 48 young musicians dedicated the first two weeks of their vacation to attend Kuumbwa Jazz Camp. The program brings together junior high and high school students from 22 area...

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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...

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