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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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Tim’s Six-Pick

Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy Tommy was one of the crowd favorites at the 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival. His fresh, large ensemble take on Steely Dan’s music is powerful, funky and swingin’. With special guests Drew Zingg on guitar and Tony Lindsay on vocals, be prepared...

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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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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;...

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