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, Argentina, Japan, Colombia and the States, and their songbook includes material sung in six different languages. We’re excited to welcome them back to Kuumbwa and to celebrate the release of their third album, Tigre.
Marquis Hill Blacktet – Monday, October 23
Chicago has always had a legendary jazz scene and Marquis Hill is the one of the latest artists to come out of that legacy. Hill’s warm and distinct trumpet sound comes to life on his new record, The Way We Play – recorded with his Blacktet ensemble – incorporating elements of hip-hop, spoken-word and R&B.
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal – Monday, October 30
An unexpected duo, the pairing of Malian kora virtuoso Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal forges musical bonds across genres. With percussive grooves and lilting melodies, the music is spellbinding, folksy and rich in storytelling narratives.
The Baylor Project – Thursday, November 16
Combining their love of gospel, jazz, blues and soul, this husband-and-wife musical collaboration is a soulful mélange of feel-good music. It’s music that inspires you to clap and sing along – check it out on their debut album, The Journey.
Jeremy Pelt Quintet – Monday, November 27
He’s one of the most highly-regarded contemporary trumpeters on the scene today and his technical prowess has also made Jeremy Pelt a top-call collaborator with many jazz legends. His Quintet carries forward the tradition of undeniably swinging combos and his latest offering, Make Noise, features some of his finest music yet.
Queen Esther Marrow – Friday, December 1
An un-sung legend who got her start after being discovered by Duke Ellington and performing in his famed Sacred Concerts. With the goal of spreading inspiration through her music, Queen Esther Marrow has toured the world over and worked alongside civil rights leaders. We’re proud to welcome her to Santa Cruz for her Kuumbwa Jazz debut, joined by Bay Area pianist Tammy Hall and her Trio.