Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo

Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo

Monday, December 17, 9:00 PM Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo $22/Adv $25/Door ½ Price Night for Students Sponsored by The Offbeats  “…a remarkably deep musician.” – Jazz Times Charlie Hunter is back at Kuumbwa, and just in time for the holidays. This annual December tradition finds an old friend on familiar ground, as the master guitarist connects with the Kuumbwa audience to catch up on the past year of music. Appearing as a duo with longtime cohort, Bay Area-based drummer Scott Amendola, (2/3rds of the heralded Charlie Hunter Trio), they will be supporting their new album Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead. This new record is a continuing exploration of their deep musical friendship that is sure to translate to a dynamic live performance onstage. www.charliehunter.com...
Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo

Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo

7:00 PM SOLD OUT! Monday, December 17, 7:00 PM Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo $22/Adv $25/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored by The Offbeats  “…a remarkably deep musician.” – Jazz Times Charlie Hunter is back at Kuumbwa, and just in time for the holidays. This annual December tradition finds an old friend on familiar ground, as the master guitarist connects with the Kuumbwa audience to catch up on the past year of music. Appearing as a duo with longtime cohort, Bay Area-based drummer Scott Amendola, (2/3rds of the heralded Charlie Hunter Trio), they will be supporting their new album Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead. This new record is a continuing exploration of their deep musical friendship that is sure to translate to a dynamic live performance onstage. www.charliehunter.com...
Jeff Hamilton Trio

Jeff Hamilton Trio

Thursday, December 13, 7:00 PM Jeff Hamilton Trio ½ Price Night for Students $20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored by Central Coast Doctors & Drummers “… unique, compelling, and, above all, swinging.” – Modern Drummer Voted 2012 Jazz Drummer of the Year by Modern Drummer magazine, Jeff Hamilton’s fluid style has kept him very much in-demand among the jazz elite. With the creative subtlety of Shelly Manne and the powerful swing of Philly Joe Jones, Hamilton is a paragon of tasteful interplay, whether drumming for the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, which he co-leads, or performing with jazz luminaries like Monty Alexander, or Diana Krall. The Jeff Hamilton Trio, together for over a decade, features Tamir Hendelman on piano and Christopher Luty on bass. Their latest recording, Red Sparkle is on Capri Records. Thank you Central Coast Doctors & Drummers: Kurt Brinkmeyer, Hal Dahlmeier, Steven Garner, Doug McKee, Diane Mitchella, David Morwood, Zack Olsen, Marshall Otwell, Steve Robertson, Olaf Schippiacasse, Patrick Tregenza, Jim Vanderzwaan, Rick Walker, Andy Weis...
Tessa Souter & “Beyond the Blue”

Tessa Souter & “Beyond the Blue”

Thursday, December 6, 7:00 PM Tessa Souter & “Beyond the Blue” $20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Member Appreciation Night! FREE – To our Contributors – Two per reservation – Thank you! “…full of emotive expressionism.” – All About Jazz Since her 2004 recording debut, vocalist Tessa Souter has been hailed as a truly standout talent and has been gracing venues from Russian Philharmonic halls to Manhattan jazz clubs and everywhere in-between. With three albums of expertly delivered standards behind her, Souter has now released Beyond the Blue which has been lauded as her “breakout recording.” This record features Souter’s own haunting and evocative lyrics set to the tune of crystalline classical melodies, backed by acclaimed saxophonist Don Braden,  Christian Tamburr – vibes and John Shifflett – bass. MP3: Click here to download the song “The Lamp is Low”...

Lee Ritenour with very Special Guest: Mike Stern

Monday, December 3, 9:00 PM Lee Ritenour with very Special Guest:  Mike Stern, featuring Melvin Davis and Sonny Emory $35/Adv  $38/Door No Jazztix or Comps Sponsored by Soif Wine Bar and Merchants “… finely crafted, beautifully rendered jazz…” – Chicago Blues Guide A guitar prodigy, Lee Ritenour was working with top recording professionals while still in his mid-teens. Nicknamed “Captain Fingers” for his guitar skills (also the title of his third album), Ritenour rode the electric jazz/fusion wave of the late ’70s. He continues to champion the smooth, melodic style that he is renowned for. Guitarist Mike Stern earned his stripes in Miles Davis’s comeback band of the early ’80s. He went on to co-lead a group with saxophonist Bob Berg before leading his own bands. Accompanying the two stellar guitar-slingers are an ace rhythm section of bassist Melvin Davis and drummer Sonny Emory. Lee’s latest recording is Amparo (Decca Records). Stern’s latest release is called All Over The Place (Concord Records). www.leeritenour.com...