Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy
Tommy was one of the crowd favorites at the 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival. His fresh, large ensemble take on Steely Dan’s music is powerful, funky and swingin’. With special guests Drew Zingg on guitar and Tony Lindsay on vocals, be prepared to have the roof raised!
Monday, January 30 • 7:00 pm
Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring special guest Kurt Elling
Here is a rare opportunity to hear two mid-career masters at work and collaborating on a wide variety of material. With tunes as diverse as Blue Gardenia moving to St. James Infirmary, get ready to be moved to tears and wiggling your butt at the same time. Their new release on Marsalis Music Upward Spiral is a gem.
Monday, February 6 • 7:00 and 9:00 pm
John Scofield’s “Country For Old Men”
For John Scofield, change is a joyful constant. This time around get ready for a soulful, gritty take on country music—Sco style. With his good friends Larry Goldings, Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart along for the ride, Scofield presents the music of George Jones, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Hank Williams, and Merle Haggard in a whole new light.
Saturday, February 18 • 7:00 and 9:00 pm
It is rare to see Ralph on the west coast these days since he now lives in Rome, and even rarer to hear one of his special solo concerts. A master musician and composer, Ralph’s music is a thing of beauty. Whether on classical guitar, piano, or electronic keyboards, Ralph always evokes stark imagery and beautiful lyricism. Not be missed…
Sunday, February 26 • 7:00 pm
Cecile McLorin Salvant & Aaron Diehl “Jelly & George”
Cecile and Aaron have been musical partners for a long-time now, and with their new project Jelly & George they are soaring to new heights. With fresh arrangements on the music of 20th century master composers George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morten, Cecile and Aaron will guide an expanded ensemble consisting of a second pianist and a horn section through the Great American Song Book, Jelly & George style.
Monday, March 13 • 7:00 and 9:00 pm
We love to present new artists to Kuumbwa audiences. Charenee is a NYC based vocalist who was first runner-up at the 2010 Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition and has risen quickly since. She is now signed to Motema Music and her spectacular, new recording Offering pays tribute to the music of Gil-Scott Heron and Brian Jackson.
Monday, March 20 • 7:00 pm
I hope there is something for everyone’s musical tastes.