Joe Lovano Classic Quartet
Joe has been a Kuumbwa favorite for decades. I remember his legendary gig here in the 80’s with Bill Frisell and Paul Motian. This visit, Joe will have his Classic Quartet, which recently released a new recording on Blue Note, Classic! Live at Newport. Joe long ago established that he is the real deal!
Monday, April 10 at 7pm
This will be Nellie’s return to Kuumbwa after an absence of a few years. We are fortunate to present her recent show A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton. Along with her band, Nellie explores the amazing world that Billy Tipton created. I agree with The New Yorker that Nellie is “funny & touching, ceaselessly clever & scarily talented.
Thursday, April 20 at 7pm
Gerald Clayton Trio
Gerald is one of the most joyfully expressive and harmonically interesting pianists of his generation. The son of bassist John Clayton, Gerald has learned from the masters like Kenny Barron and Billy Childs while creating his own path in a crowded piano universe. His long-time trio of bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Kendrick Scott continue to be his backbone and inspiration and I expect sparks to fly.
Monday, May 8 at 7pm
Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro
Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has always had an affinity for Brazilian music. On her new release, Alegria Da Casa, she features Trio Brasileiro on a wonderful mix of choro classics and original compositions. Anat’s clarinet work is state of the art, creating moods and moments that dazzle and delight as she takes you on musical journeys spanning the globe.
Thursday, May 11 at 7pm
Jayme Stone’s Folklife
Jayme Stone’s Folklife (2017) follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s “Lomax Project,” this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. Think Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes.
Thursday, June 1 at 7pm
Trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Helias and drummer Gerry Hemingway have been performing as a unit since 1977 (the same year Kuumbwa Jazz Center opened). To celebrate their 40th anniversary they have released a new record The Long Road and dedicated part of 2017 to touring the trio. BassDrumBone first played Kuumbwa in the 1980’s and we are thrilled to help celebrate their anniversary. This is improvisation with exceptional musical rapport.
Thursday, June 22 at 7pm