Tim's Six-Pick

From our Artistic Director, Tim Jackson

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."
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, October 14 @ 7:00 PM
"Grace Kelly is truly a force of nature and a performer who, as Jon Batiste notes, “instantly ignites the room.” We’ve been lucky to experience Grace’s dynamic and ebullient artistry at Kuumbwa before and each time her concerts reach their finale I’m already looking forward to her next visit."
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, October 17 @ 7:00 PM
“Vibraphone has always been one of my favorite instruments. Its beautiful bell-like tone, coupled with its percussive attack, gives it a sound nearly impossible to classify. Kuumbwa has always been a home for great vibraphonists, ever since Bobby Hutcherson’s storied performances in our early years. Joel is one of the greatest vibes players out there today and I’m thrilled to be welcoming his group to Santa Cruz this fall.”
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, November 14 @ 7:00 PM
“Steel House is comprised of three incomparable musicians. Pianist Edward Simon, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade together epitomize uninhibited expression, elegant understatement, and deep musical communication. Their band name is telling and apropos, as the group is a sturdy, resolute home-base for musical ideas to live and grow.”
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, November 18 @ 7:00 PM
“I always look forward to a new album from Miguel Zenon. Not just to enjoy his magnificent saxophone playing, but to absorb the narratives and stories he imbues in his music. I’m always excited to learn about what is driving his passion. Miguel’s latest album, Sonero – a tribute to Puerto Rican salsa icon Ismael Rivera – is another fascinating chapter in his career.”
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