Tim's Six-Pick

From our Artistic Director, Tim Jackson

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, July 22 @ 7:00 PM
"The loss of Aretha Franklin is one that has been felt in all corners of the musical world, yet with the release of the long-awaited concert film, Amazing Grace, her legacy and music is as vital as ever. We’re lucky to have an artist of Kim Nalley’s caliber to deliver a fitting tribute to The Queen of Soul."
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM
"Not only is Alicia Olatuja a fantastic, dynamic vocalist who is on her way to well-deserved wider audience, she is an impeccable curator of material. This concert program celebrates the songbooks of renowned women composers with a set-list perfectly tailored to Alicia’s voice."
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, August 1 @ 7:00 PM
"Los Hermanos Arango combine myriad Cuban musical traditions with jazz, leading to a blend of music that simultaneously imparts best-of-both-worlds familiarity, as well as a revelation of new possibilities. Don’t miss their Kuumbwa Jazz debut."
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, August 15 @ 7:00 PM
"As soon as I heard Gabriel Royal’s understated, yet magnetic, cello and vocal music I couldn’t wait to hear him in Kuumbwa’s intimate listening room environment. His performance at the 2018 Monterey Jazz Festival was one of my favorites of that weekend. From his start as a NYC busker to his latest album, …Miss Once In A Blue Moon, Gabriel has always given his audience something unique."
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Wednesday, September 4 @ 7:00 PM
"The swing-era jazz of The Hot Sardines is full of infectious energy and joy. The Times of London describes their music as 'Simply phenomenal, crisp musicianship going hand in hand with immaculate and witty showmanship.' Let’s give them a warm Santa Cruz welcome for their first time on the Kuumbwa stage."
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, September 9 @ 7:00 PM
"I’ve been a fan of Bennie Maupin ever since I first heard his otherworldly bass clarinet on Miles Davis’ classic electric-period albums. I’ll never forget the first time I saw him live, in 1971 at The Boarding House in San Francisco with Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Band. With his Options group, Bennie is joined by a formidable rhythm section of contemporary heavy-hitters: Eric Revis on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums."