Tim's Six-Pick

From our Artistic Director, Tim Jackson

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
One of the most exciting guitarists on the jazz scene today, Miles Okazaki brings his new band, Trickster, to Santa Cruz this spring. His playing has been aptly described by The New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play guitar in a group setting – not just in jazz, but any kind.”
 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
Portuguese fado vocalist Mariza’s sold-out 2019 concert at the Rio Theatre was an evening to remember. I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to present Mariza once again – though this time at the southern end of Monterey Bay – at Carmel’s Sunset Center. This concert marks the first in a new co-presenting partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Monday, June 8, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
To describe the genre-defying music of Cuban artist Cimafunk is no easy task. Suffice it to say, his music is a phenomenal joy and his Kuumbwa debut should not be missed. I recommend checking out his eye-catching and cinematic videos to serve as a primer. You’re sure to be hooked.
Kuumbwa Jazz Presents
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Ben Williams is one of those rare artists who is as transcendent as a bandleader as he is an accompanist. We’ve been lucky enough to see Ben anchor the bass chair with many different groups who have come through Kuumbwa over the years, but this is the first time he’s been back in town as a bandleader since 2012.

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