Joomanji – Club Kuumbwa

Joomanji – Club Kuumbwa

With the self-proclaimed band interests being Jerk Chicken & Fender Rhodes, Joomanji is a unique mix of crisp horns, smooth vocals, and groovy vinyl samples with drums and bass you’ll not soon forget. Make every day a Joomanji day. $5 at the door Doors at 9:00pm – show at 9:30pm All ages...
Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg

“…one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” – Wall Street Journal Straight from the Louis Armstrong school of musicianship, trumpeter Bria Skonberg is a leading figure in today’s traditional jazz scene. Making the journey from rural Canada to New York City proved a fortuitous one for Skonberg, as she now performs with numerous groups and curates the New York Hot Jazz Festival. She has twice been included in DownBeat Magazine’s Rising Star Critic’s Poll, and in 2014 released Into Your Own, a collection of twelve songs that showcase her trumpet and vocal chops and her knack as a bandleader and arranger. Bria Skonberg – trumpet/vocals Sean Cronin – bass Dalton Ridenhour – piano Darrian Douglas – drums $20/Advance $25/Door  (admission tax and service charge additional) Doors and dinner at 6:00 pm...
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

“… fresh and imaginative…” – National Public Radio (NPR) Bassekou Kouyate (Buh-say-koo Koo-yah-tay), a griot from Mali, leads a six-member ensemble showcasing the ngoni – a traditional West African string instrument often compared to a lute – with African percussion: calebasse, yabara, and tama. His wife, Amy Sacko, is the group’s lead vocalist. Although Kouyate’s family griot tradition (storytellers) dates back to the 13th century Sundiata Keita empire, he is very much an artist of today, collaborating with contemporary pop musicians U2, Carlos Santana, Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabaté, and Youssou N’Dour. His most recent recording is entitled I Speak Fula. Taj Mahal has called him a genius. Bassekou Kouyate – lead ngoni Amy Sacko – lead vocal Moustafa Kouyate – ngoni bass Mahamadou Tounkara – yabara, tama (percussions) Abou Sissoko – ngoni medium Moctar Kouyate – calebasse $25/Advance $30/Door  (admission tax and service charge additional) Doors and dinner at 6:00 pm www.bassekoukouyate.com Read San Jose Mercury Article by Andrew...
Master Class – Dave Egan: Jazz Standards for the Ukulele

Master Class – Dave Egan: Jazz Standards for the Ukulele

Dave Egan is a prominent ukulele instructor, teaching UCSC’s OPERS class series and at the nationally attended West Coast Ukulele Retreat in Monterey and on the island of Hawaii, as well as at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in Napa. His unique approach to adapting jazz standards to the ukulele focuses on including the rich complexity of the original chord voicing while preserving the elegant simplicity of this cherished instrument. This class is for all levels and will include practical techniques for adapting jazz standards to the ukulele for accompaniment and instrumental arrangements. Bring your ukes and a notepad. The group will play some classics, and Dave will help you understand some basic rules of song arrangement. Free Community Event Class: 7:00 pm / Doors: 6:30 pm www.davideganmusic.com Sponsored by Newman’s Own Foundation...
John Pizzarelli Quartet

John Pizzarelli Quartet

Advance ticket sales are over, limited tickets at the door starting at 6:00 pm. “… a blazing swing guitartist.” – Pop Matters Guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli makes no secret of his musical influences: Nat King Cole, João Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, and his father, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. John is an unabashed champion of the Great American Songbook standards, and his flair for inventive song arrangements, regardless of music genre, is second to none. His latest CD celebrates American lyricist, songwriter and singer Johnny Mercer (also founder of Capitol Records) on John Pizzarelli Salutes Johnny Mercer – Live at Birdland. Expect classic Great American tunes along with a sneak peak from Pizzarelli’s upcoming project, the songs of Paul McCartney. John Pizzarelli – vocals/guitar Martin Pizzarelli – bass Kevin Kanner – drums Konrad Paszkudzki – piano $30/Advance $35/Door  (admission tax and service charge additional) No Comp Tix Doors and dinner at 6:00 pm Sponsored by Petrinovich Pugh & Co LLP...