Tim's Six-Pick

From our Artistic Director, Tim Jackson

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, February 27 @ 7:00 PM
The infectious spirit of improvisation permeates each note this fantastic trio, led by Berkeley High alum/saxophonist Dayna Stephens, plays. Comprised of three distinct and acclaimed artists, this is a group with an eclectic sound and spontaneous ethos, taking the listener on a route filled with glorious twists and turns.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:00 PM
Melissa Aldana’s new album and project, Visions, is an amalgamation of visual and musical inspiration. Sparked by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Melissa draws parallels and connections to the pioneering artists who have influenced her artistic path. Melissa’s original compositions were a highlight of the recent Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, and I can’t wait to hear this new batch of material on the Kuumbwa stage.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, April 6 @ 7:00 PM
Our trusty Yamaha C7 grand piano has been graced by just about every legendary pianist in jazz, including Fred Hersch, since we purchased it thirty-two years ago. To celebrate our 45th anniversary, we’re very excited to be welcoming a new Steinway Model B to our stage…and what an honor it will be to have Fred be one of the first pianists to play it.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, April 9 @ 7:00 PM
William Parker is a true avant-garde renaissance artist and a too-often-unsung hero of jazz. His progressive mode of jazz has never wavered in its creative principles and I’m really looking forward to this program of music, movement, and words. Joining in this performance will be Hamid Drake on percussion and Patricia Nicholson with poetry and movement.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, May 14 @ 7:00 PM
One of the most exciting guitarists on the jazz scene today, Miles Okazaki brings his new band, Trickster, to Santa Cruz this spring. His playing has been aptly described by The New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play guitar in a group setting – not just in jazz, but any kind.”

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