Ray Brown’s Great Big Band – GBB @ 25

Ray Brown’s Great Big Band – GBB @ 25

At Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre $20; No Comp Tix Tickets: brownpapertickets.com “The Bay Area’s “A” List Musicians” – All About Jazz Ray Brown’s Great Big Band returns to the Cabrillo College Crocker Theater to celebrate its 25th year of extraordinary big band Jazz. The band possesses a unique musical personality as evidenced by its book, written exclusively by Ray. As noted by numerous reviewers, his creative and witty arrangements of Standards, Jazz tunes, and his own compositions give literally all the players ample time to solo. Truly a Jazz band, The Great Big Band has sold out its 25 years of performances on Kuumbwa’s Monday night series. The band’s most recent CD, Kayak, is available through...
Cabrillo College Jazz Combo, Directed by Ray Brown

Cabrillo College Jazz Combo, Directed by Ray Brown

$10 at the door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM The Cabrillo Jazz Combo, actually one of four Jazz combos currently in the Music Department at Cabrillo College, has been playing together for almost two years. The group plays mostly straight  ahead jazz, programming material from standards to Latin tunes to contemporary Jazz tunes, and performing tailored arrangements written by their director, Ray Brown. The band’s personnel consists of Clark Baldwin – alto saxophone, Charlie Prograce – vibes, Jeff Bour – guitar, Migusa Anzai – piano, Rob Wider – bass, and Derek Mitchler – drums. This will be an evening of tasteful and creative Jazz performed by seasoned as well as up and coming musicians, reflecting the uniqueness and professionalism of the Cabrillo College Music...
Ray Brown’s Great Big Band

Ray Brown’s Great Big Band

at Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre $20; No Comps Tickets: brownpapertickets.com “Sailing aboard this Kayak is an invariably rewarding experience.” – All About Jazz Ray Brown, former Jazz trumpet player and/or arranger for Stan Kenton and Count Basie, brings his Great Big Band, one of the most contemporary and exciting big bands of today, to the Cabrillo College Crocker Theater. The band’s book, creatively written by Ray, gives literally all the players ample time to solo. Standing room audiences from the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Stanford Jazz Festival to Kuumbwa to the Lake Tahoe Music Festival are evidence of the band’s popularity. The band’s latest CD, Kayak, has enjoyed airplay throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe....
Ray Brown’s Great Big Band: “My Man Stan (Kenton)”

Ray Brown’s Great Big Band: “My Man Stan (Kenton)”

Monday, November 19, 7:30 PM At Cabrillo College Crocker Theatre Ray Brown’s Great Big Band: “My Man Stan (Kenton)” $20 Advance Tickets: Brownpapertickets.com “…the sound is great and big – individually and collectively.”– All About Jazz Ray Brown’s Great Big Band returns to the Cabrillo College Crocker Theater to spotlight creative writing, soloing, ensemble playing, and musical excitement. November being the final month of Stan Kenton’s Centennial, Ray (an alumnus of Stan’s band in 1971-72) will program a number of Kenton’s most well known arrangements to honor Stan’s legacy. The band’s July appearance at the Stanford Jazz Festival drew a huge appreciative crowd, a standing ovation, and two encores. Expect an unparalleled evening of music by one of the finest big bands of today, and get treated to a rare excursion into the creative world of Stan Kenton....
Lile Cruse

Lile Cruse

Celebrate Lile Cruse! – Saturday, October 1, 7:00 & 9:00 pm Featuring the Cabrillo College ‘70’s Reunion Jazz Ensemble $25/Adv $28/Door No Jazztix or Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 pm A Benefit for Cabrillo College Dept. Jazz Ensembles and Kuumbwa Jazz “Cruse built the widely heralded jazz program at Cabrillo College.” – Santa Cruz Sentinel The name Lile Cruse is synonymous with brilliant musical production emanating from Cabrillo College for many years, beginning with the legendary jazz bands he formed and directed starting in the 1970s as department head of the Cabrillo Music Department, and later on as Musical Director of the Cabrillo Stage. Tonight Cruse will do what he does best, guiding a powerhouse big band (including several original Cabrillo Jazz Ensemble members) through stunning arrangements, as we celebrate the man and his vital contribution to the arts in Santa Cruz....