Tim's Six-Pick

From our Artistic Director, Tim Jackson

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, January 13 @ 7:00 PM
I first became a fan of Jeremy Pelt a few years back, when he was taking the trumpet section of the famed Mingus Big Band to new heights. Since then, I’ve become an admirer of Jeremy’s work as a bandleader and his neo-traditionalist nods to the foundations of jazz, and I continue to be transported by his crystalline, yet rich and burnished, tone.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, January 27 @ 7:00 PM
Pianist Jason Moran is rightfully recognized as one of the most innovative, prolific, and accomplished forces in contemporary jazz. It’s always a thrill to experience his latest project. Guitarist Marvin Sewell, perhaps best known for his peerless accompaniment of artists such as Cassandra Wilson and Regina Carter, is an inspired collaborator and a similarly innovative and singular instrumentalist. This is a dream duet pairing.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, February 20 @ 7:00 PM
Listening to Kandace Springs can’t help but bring to mind an incredible pantheon of jazz and soul vocalists, many of whom are celebrated on her forthcoming album, The Women Who Raised Me. When you hear Kandace sing and play piano, you’ll hear echoes of icons, from Billie Holiday to Nina Simone, from Dusty Springfield to Sade; all of whom are celebrated with this new project.
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, March 30 @ 7:00 PM
It’s heartening to me that the impact of Charlie Parker’s contributions to jazz (and popular music as a whole) are still resonating and that the centennial of his birth will cast a refreshed light on his genius. Leading this esteemed ensemble tribute to Bird are Rudresh Mahanthappa and Terri Lyne Carrington, two musical masterminds who have put together a project sure to take the bebop innovator’s legacy to new heights.
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