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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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Wynton Marsalis @ JLCO on Sale June 14

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) returns to the Santa Cruz Civic on October 2nd. Tickets go on sale through the Santa Cruz Civic Box Office on Tuesday, June 14 at 12:00 pm. JLCO is made up of 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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“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 Klein

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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....

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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 at:

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Flamenco Dancer Antonio Molina “Choro” to join Vicente Amigo

JUST ANNOUNCED! Acclaimed flamenco dancer Antonio Molina “Choro” will join Vicente Amigo for a few select dates, including March 8th at the Rio Theatre. Vicente Amigo is a standout among today's fiery flamenco guitarists. With high accolades for his skillfulness...

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Electrifying Flamenco and World Music This March

Kuumbwa Jazz is thrilled to present two stellar talents touted at the hottest stars in flamenco today. Pat Metheny calls flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo “the greatest guitarist alive.” And with flamenco legend Paco de Lucía touting his skills as the next great...

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Upcoming Events

  1. Habib Koité & Mama Kone – 7:00 PM

    Friday, February 22 @ 7:00 PM
  2. Habib Koité & Mama Kone – 9:00 PM

    Friday, February 22 @ 9:00 PM
  3. Yaya’s Kitchen: The “Oh Mama” EP Release Experience

    Saturday, February 23 @ 7:30 PM
  4. Lunasa

    Sunday, February 24 @ 7:30 PM
  5. Veronica Swift with the Benny Green Trio

    Monday, February 25 @ 7:00 PM