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Tim’s Six-Pick: October – December 2017

Banda Magda - Thursday, October 19 It would be difficult to list all the various genres and global musical styles that have found their way into Banda Magda’s unique sound, but it’s easy to recognize that it’s a winning mix indeed. The band has roots in Greece,...

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Register Now! Jazz Camp 2017

Register Now! Jazz Camp 2017

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students entering grades 8-12 who are interested in learning jazz, improvisation and jazz appreciation. Students receive both one to one and group instruction. The camp focuses on live performance,...

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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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Got Valentine’s Plans?

Got Valentine’s Plans?

This Valentine’s Day, join Kuumbwa Jazz in embracing Tuck & Patti’s one-of-a-kind formula—virtuosity and complexity mixed with gracious, gospel-tinged vocals. Originally inspired by the duets of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald, guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti...

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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. Every...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Jeremy Pelt Quintet

    Monday, November 27 @ 7:00 PM
  2. Irish Christmas in Ameica

    Thursday, November 30 @ 7:30 PM
  3. Queen Esther Marrow with the Tammy Hall Trio

    Friday, December 1 @ 7:00 PM
  4. Tessa Souter

    Monday, December 4 @ 7:00 PM
  5. Stuart Hamm-Dean Brown Trinity feat. Gergo Borlai

    Thursday, December 7 @ 7:00 PM

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