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Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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February 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Stacey Kent

Monday, February 24 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50

Stacey Kent is a jazz singer in the mold of the greats, with a legion of fans worldwide, a host of honors and awards (including a Grammy nomination), and album sales in excess of two million. Her most recent release, I Know I Dream: The Orchestral Sessions, has received glowing reviews, including a coveted five stars in DowndBeat, and was described by All About Jazz as “intoxicating understatement at its finest…one more jewel in a discography with many, it’s one…

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David Sanborn – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 26 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age, David Sanborn is a jazz musician at heart, but has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock.” Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful…

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David Sanborn – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, February 26 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age, David Sanborn is a jazz musician at heart, but has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock.” Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful…

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Dayna Stephens Liberty Trio with Harish Raghavan & Kweku Sumbry

Thursday, February 27 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Dayna Stephens, Harish Raghavan and Kweku Sumbry join together as the Liberty Trio, employing a wide range of textural colors with Stephens playing all four saxophones , Raghavan's command on acoustic/electric basses as well as Moog KeyBass, and Sumbry's eclectic taste in cymbals and percussion. The trio also takes liberty in spontaneously creating a rhythmic language that encompasses traditional swing to out-of-time exploratory realms, with the ethos that liberty is the common ground that we all stand on and can build…

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Independently Produced Event

Tom Paxton and The Don Juans

Friday, February 28 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $40

After 56 years of performing around the world and writing and recording innumerable songs and recordings, Tom Paxton has found yet another outlet for his creativity; he has joined his friends and song-writing colleagues Jon Vezner and Don Henry––known collectively as The Don Juans––in a writing and performing experience calculated to keep them too busy to get into trouble. A trembling world awaits the results. Tom’s career has taken him from his days as a drama student at The University…

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Independently Produced Event

Skyness: Dan Costa Live in California

Saturday, February 29 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $45

Dan Costa will be making his first ever appearance in Santa Cruz at Kuumbwa Jazz Center; an opportunity to encounter the pianist’s strong interest in his Latin roots coupled with his passion for jazz. In January 2016, he recorded his debut album Suite Três Rios in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with musicians Jaques Morelenbaum’, Ricardo Silveira, Teco Cardoso, Rafael Barata, Marcos Suzano and Leila Pinheiro. It peaked at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart and Top 10 across all genres…

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March 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Regina Carter & Xavier Davis

Monday, March 2 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door Ticket Price: $47.25

In this intimate concert offering, described as a “simpatico merging of two great musical minds and four talented hands” by Twin Cities Pioneer Press, violinist Regina Carter and pianist Xavier Davis have an electric connection on stage. Hailed as the foremost jazz violinist of her generation, Carter’s quest for beauty, combined with her passion for excellence, did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded her a prestigious Genius Grant fellowship. Carter has a very special musical relationship…

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Roberto Fonseca – Yesun

Thursday, March 5 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Pianist, composer, and Artistic Director for Cuba’s Jazz Plaza Santiago Festival, Roberto Fonseca has toured the world’s most prestigious venues with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and the legendary Omara Portuondo. An artist of prowess and ideas, a musician with a questing jazz sensibility and deep roots in the Afro-Cuban tradition, the Havana-born pianist has recently released his ninth solo album, Yesun. Combining everything from jazz and classical music to rap, funk, reggaeton and electronica, Fonseca is ripping up the rule book. He…

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Independently Produced Event

UCSC Grad Slam

Friday, March 6 @ 5:30 PM
Free

Grad Slam, also known as the 3-Minute Thesis Challenge, gives graduate students three minutes to share their research, concisely and compellingly, with a public audience. (Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT®, is a registered trademark of The University of Queensland.)  

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The Finest Hour: Celebrating the Music that Ended WWII feat. Davina and the Vagabonds & Hot Club of Cowtown

Monday, March 9 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door Ticket Price: $47.25

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic music that ended WWII, the legendary tunes of Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Louis Prima, The Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, and more are brought to life by two remarkable bands, each with their own dynamic sound and style. Davina and the Vagabonds’ edgy vocals and superlative musicianship combine jazz and the blues for a uniquely ageless sound while the Texas trio Hot Club of Cowtown ignites the stage with their hot jazz…

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Melissa Aldana Visions Quartet

Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

On her first jazz quartet album, Visions, award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophonist in a male-dominated community, and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men. On Visions, Aldana adds a new…

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Independently Produced Event

Sin Sisters Burlesque

Saturday, March 14 @ 8:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20 - $40

Sin Sisters Burlesque is a female owned, produced, and operated show. Since 2011, Sin Sisters Burlesque has been the only monthly burlesque show in Santa Cruz, CA. Sin Sisters Facebook

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Hiromi: Solo Piano – 7:00 PM

Monday, March 16 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50

Virtuoso pianist Hiromi Uehara is, as All Music Guide writes, “one of the most remarkable pianists of the past half century.” Having been mentored by legends Chick Corea and Ahmad Jamal, Hiromi signed her first record deal before graduating from Berklee College of Music and has since released a dozen albums with various acclaimed projects. Explosive and energetic and her playing, Hiromi takes solo piano performances to new heights. The Guardian describes her performances as “breathtaking displays of flat-out swing,…

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Hiromi: Solo Piano – 9:00 PM

Monday, March 16 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Virtuoso pianist Hiromi Uehara is, as All Music Guide writes, “one of the most remarkable pianists of the past half century.” Having been mentored by legends Chick Corea and Ahmad Jamal, Hiromi signed her first record deal before graduating from Berklee College of Music and has since released a dozen albums with various acclaimed projects. Explosive and energetic and her playing, Hiromi takes solo piano performances to new heights. The Guardian describes her performances as “breathtaking displays of flat-out swing,…

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The Manhattan Transfer – 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

Beginning with their first performances in the early 1970s, The Manhattan Transfer have become cornerstones in contemporary music. Founded in 1969, The Manhattan Transfer is known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music They were signed by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun to Atlantic Records and made their recording debut with their self-titled album in 1975. Originally known as an East Coast cult group, they soon expanded their following…

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The Manhattan Transfer – 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 19 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $57.75
Door Ticket Price: $63

Beginning with their first performances in the early 1970s, The Manhattan Transfer have become cornerstones in contemporary music. Founded in 1969, The Manhattan Transfer is known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music They were signed by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun to Atlantic Records and made their recording debut with their self-titled album in 1975. Originally known as an East Coast cult group, they soon expanded their following…

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Independently Produced Event

Marty Williams Quartet: Long Time Comin’

Saturday, March 21 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20

With Marty Williams making his home in Half Moon Bay, 60 miles north of Santa Cruz, Marty Williams & Friends have enthralled audiences throughout the Bay Area since the 1980s. Cafe Society owner and music producer, Harpo Marx, confided, "I'm concerned a whole new audience is going to discover Marty.  He's been our hidden treasure up in Half Moon Bay for decades.  People are in for a real treat." Mr. Williams will be joined by world-class jazz musicians Eric Swinderman on…

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Paris Combo

Monday, March 23 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $45.15
Door Ticket Price: $50.40

Six albums and two decades spent crisscrossing the globe, playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco and Berlin to Beijing, have enabled Paris Combo to create an international following with their unique, cosmopolitan sound. Fronted by the charismatic vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike with their fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms. (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission…

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Veronica Swift

Thursday, March 26 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

At age 25, Veronica Swift is being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, Swift won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Swift has been on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian and her first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11, when she performed at the “Women in Jazz”…

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Independently Produced Event

Altan

Friday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $13 - $27
Door Ticket Price: $15 - $30

With a career in Irish music for 35 years, Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Audiences from Ireland to Japan to Australia to Europe have embraced their heartwarming, dynamic live performances and their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings. Over a dozen releases to date, ranging from the most touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Altan’s newest release, The Gap Of Dreams (2018 Compass Records), follows…

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Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100 – Co-Musical Directors: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Terri Lyne Carrington – 7:00 PM

Monday, March 30 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door Ticket Price: $47.25

Acclaimed co-musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) celebrate one of the most innovative and influential artists in modern musical history and examine his impact in pop, hip-hop, rap, rock, and jazz. Joined by a superb lineup including Charenée Wade (vocals), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass) and Kassa Overall (DJ), Mahanthappa and Carrington will honor Charlie Parker’s centennial year by showcasing “Bird’s” uncompromising musical joy, humor, and beauty by mining his deep repertoire and showcasing new, modern compositions. “In a time where the words ‘innovation’…

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Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100 – Co-Musical Directors: Rudresh Mahanthappa & Terri Lyne Carrington – 9:00 PM

Monday, March 30 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Acclaimed co-musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) celebrate one of the most innovative and influential artists in modern musical history and examine his impact in pop, hip-hop, rap, rock, and jazz. Joined by a superb lineup including Charenée Wade (vocals), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass) and Kassa Overall (DJ), Mahanthappa and Carrington will honor Charlie Parker’s centennial year by showcasing “Bird’s” uncompromising musical joy, humor, and beauty by mining his deep repertoire and showcasing new, modern compositions. “In a time where the words ‘innovation’…

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April 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Russell Malone Quartet

Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Russell Malone is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists in contemporary jazz, with a number of acclaimed albums to his name. Malone is as well known for his own combos as he is for his longstanding participation in Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio and his work with Sonny Rollins and Dianne Reeves, who recruited Malone for his singular tone and limitless skill and imagination. A master of all tempos and a relentless swinger, Malone spins his musical stories – ranging…

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Fred Hersch

Monday, April 6 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator, and recording artist. He has been proclaimed “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade” by Vanity Fair, “an elegant force of musical invention” by The Los Angeles Times, and “a living legend” by The New Yorker. A fourteen-time Grammy nominee, Hersch has regularly…

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William Parker – Blue: Music, Movement & Words

Thursday, April 9 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Musician/improviser/composer/writer/educator William Parker has been dubbed, by The Village Voice as “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” Parker – who plays the bass, as well as the shakuhachi flute, double reeds, tuba, ngoni, and gembri – has recorded over 150 albums, has published six books, and has mentored hundreds of musicians and artists. Hailing from the Bronx, Parker initially studied bass with Richard Davis, Milt Hinton, Jimmy Garrison and others, before moving on to be a…

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LADAMA

Friday, April 10 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

LADAMA is an ensemble of women musicians from across the Americas who, as well as performing as a touring band, strive to engage youth in their respective communities in the process of music-making, composition and audio production through collaboration and performance workshops. LADAMA are Mafer Bandola (Venezuela), Lara Klaus (Brazil), Daniela Serna (Colombia) and Sara Lucas (United States). With rhythm and percussion driving their original compositions sung in Spanish, Portuguese and English, they combine disparate, traditional roots music with pop.…

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Kuumbwa Jazz 45th Anniversary Celebration: Artemis

Monday, April 13 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $78.75
Door Ticket Price: $84

Hailing from America, Canada, Israel, Chile, and Japan, Artemis is an international all-star group featuring six of the top artists in contemporary jazz: pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, clarinetist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller. Named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, forests, and moon, this is a significant, superb band that plays with passion, power, and sensitivity – bringing to the stage unforgettable performances of high-wire energy and pure joy. This special Kuumbwa Jazz anniversary…

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Independently Produced Event

Väsen

Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $12 - $25
Door Ticket Price: $15 - $30

Afive-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay  More info: email concertdirector@celticsociety.org Väsen Website .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%;…

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Holly Near

Wednesday, April 15 @ 7:00 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $37

One of the most powerful, consistent, and outspoken singers of our time, her concerts elevate spirits and inspire activism. A skilled performer, Holly Near is an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage a unique integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality. More Info: Pulse Productions | 831-423-7970 Holly Near Website

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Ray Charles Project

Thursday, April 16 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging all-star group of Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Charles’ beloved songbook. The Ray Charles Project features renowned Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay, acclaimed singer Glenn Walters, top R&B keyboardist David K. Mathews, bassist Dewayne Pate, and powerhouse blues drummer Deszon Claiborne. Together, these musical dynamos salute Charles’ groundbreaking soul, blues, and beyond. (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)…

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Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio with Scott Colley & Brian Blade

Monday, April 20 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

As an internationally-acclaimed guitarist/composer, Wolfgang Muthspiel is commanding attention worldwide as an artist of deep integrity, intelligence, and daring musicality. A contrast of quiet charisma and elegance, with dazzling technique and risk-taking musicality distinguishes a Muthspiel performance. His highly personal musical language embraces openness with a compositional structure beyond derivatives. In addition to his jazz projects, Muthspiel is also active in composing for contemporary classical ensembles. His trio on this concert date features the peerless rhythm section of bassist Scott…

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SJZ Collective Plays Weather Report, Mingus & Monk

Thursday, April 23 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $21
Door Ticket Price: $26.25

With each member of the SJZ Collective an acclaimed bandleader in their own right, the Collective is a powerhouse ensemble. The SJZ Collective is comprised of drummer Wally Schnalle, trumpeter/flugelhorn player John L. Worley, Jr., organist Brian Ho, guitarist Hristo Vitchev, saxophonist Oscar Pangilinan, and bassist Saúl Sierra. The brainchild of Schnalle, the group launched in 2018 with a program that included reimagining the music of Thelonious Monk. That year they debuted at the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest to…

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Bill Charlap Trio

Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. A two-time Grammy nominee, Charlap has released a number of acclaimed trio albums; most recently 2017’s Uptown Downtown. In…

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May 2020

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Secrets Are the Best Stories: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – 7:00 PM

Monday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door Ticket Price: $47.25

On his Grammy Award-nominated 2018 album, The Questions, acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling confronted the whirlwind of uncertainty that threatens modern life by musing on the timeless yet ever-timely issues confronting humanity. For his much-anticipated follow-up, Secrets Are the Best Stories, Elling searches deeper into those profound questions with the help of renowned pianist Danilo Pérez, whose own work has long embraced a global vision of unity and acceptance. Together, the two draw inspiration from the musical and lyrical insights of…

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Secrets Are the Best Stories: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – 9:00 PM

Monday, May 4 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

On his Grammy Award-nominated 2018 album, The Questions, acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling confronted the whirlwind of uncertainty that threatens modern life by musing on the timeless yet ever-timely issues confronting humanity. For his much-anticipated follow-up, Secrets Are the Best Stories, Elling searches deeper into those profound questions with the help of renowned pianist Danilo Pérez, whose own work has long embraced a global vision of unity and acceptance. Together, the two draw inspiration from the musical and lyrical insights of…

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Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Thursday, May 7 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Raised in Southern California, Lavay Smith started out singing a variety of musical styles, but it was the bluesy, swinging music of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s that captured her imagination. But Smith does more than resurrect the era of jump blues and swing; she makes it relevant to a whole new generation of music-lovers. Influenced by the vocal stylings of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Washington, Smith has rescued many tunes from obscurity. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sentimental, Smith's innate sense of musicality is always entertaining. Her Red…

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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Monday, May 11 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

A five-time Juno Award-winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the United States, and Cuba. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, received The Order of Canada, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and most recently, The Premier’s Award for Excellence. With Maqueque, Bunnett has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz. What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban…

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Independently Produced Event

Jim Lauderdale with Imogen Clark

Wednesday, May 13 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $40

Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning Americana icon, a singer-songwriter whose unmistakable rhinestone-incrusted silhouette has been a symbol for creative integrity and prolificacy for thirty-one albums over decades of recording. He’s an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have ruled the country charts while recording an eclectic catalogue of albums that run the gamut of American roots styles.  Featuring Imogen Clark opening the show. More info:  831-479-9421  |  Snazzy Productions Jim Lauderdale Website Imogen Clark Website  

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Miles Okazaki’s Trickster

Thursday, May 14 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Miles Okazaki is a New York City-based guitarist who has been described by The New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.” His sideman experience over the last two decades covers a broad spectrum – from standards to experimental music – and his collaborators include Kenny Barron, Jane Monheit, and John Zorn. As a bandleader, Okazaki has released five albums of…

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Special Event

Kuumbwa Jazz & Indexical Present: Moor Mother & Las Sucias

Friday, May 15 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a nationally- and internationally-touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, bell hooks, and more. Her most recent album, Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes, is the culmination of all of her earthly experiences merged with all of her cosmic ones. On Analog Fluids, haunting slave narratives are presented as dystopian allegory and negro spirituals are…

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Dave Weckl-Tom Kennedy Project

Monday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Legendary drummer Dave Weckl has formed a new band with his longtime collaborator, bassist Tom Kennedy. The Dave Weckl-Tom Kennedy Project, touring in support of Kennedy's forthcoming new album, will also feature veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini and keyboardist Stu Mindeman. For more than forty years, Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community, as one of the greatest living drummers. Modern Drummer magazine has inducted Weckl into their Hall of Fame and named him…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $10.50
Door Ticket Price: $15.75

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band showcases the top-tier high school student musicians from Santa Cruz and neighboring counties. Hand-picked by their band directors, these talented young ambassadors of jazz pass a rigorous audition to earn their position in the Honor Band. During weekly rehearsals at Kuumbwa, they study advanced jazz theory, arranging, improvisation, and learn valuable life skills in teamwork and critical thinking. Under the direction of David McGillicuddy, the band-members gain vital performing experience at special events and festivals throughout the school year,…

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Logan Richardson’s Blues People

Thursday, May 28 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Born and, raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Logan Richardson was mentored by some of the most renowned figures in the history of improvised music, including Jay McShann, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, and Queen Bey. At 19 years-old Richardson moved to Boston, Massachusetts to study at the Berklee College of Music, and soon after moved to New York to complete his studies at The New School University. Already having logged an impressive resume of sideman gigs as a saxophonist, Richardson has recently…

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Heralded as a “powerhouse of a showman” (Glide Magazine), a “legitimate jazz triple threat” (Critical Jazz), and a drummer who “take a back seat to no one” (The New York Times), performer/producer/educator Ulysses Owens Jr. is a renowned figure in the jazz world and beyond. This master class, Jazz Brushes for the Modern Drummer, will examine the technique and use of brushes in drumming. Ulysses Owens Jr. Website .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%;…

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June 2020

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David Murray & Kahil El’Zabar

Monday, June 1 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

These two masters of modern music, saxophonist David Murray and multi-instrumentalist Kahil El’Zabar, have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity over the past four decades. El’Zabar is revered as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than sixty acclaimed projects as the leader and has worked with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Nina Simone, and Stevie Wonder. Murray is one of the most recorded musicians in jazz, with well…

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Aaron Goldberg Trio

Thursday, June 4 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Noted by DownBeat Magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein, and many more. On his most recent release, At the Edge of the World, Goldberg reunites with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Leon Parker. Jazz has a way of summoning that…

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Cimafunk

Monday, June 8 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Cimafunk made his impactful U.S. debut at Austin’s SXSW festival in 2019 and was recently names by Billboard as a “Top 10 Latin Artist to Watch” in 2019. The world is lucky to now discover the music that has turned Cuba upside down since 2018. Cimafunk has created a movement in Havana and throughout the island, selling-out venues with thousands of fans excited to dance to the groove of Afro-Cuban funk. Cimafunk’s name refers to his heritage as a ‘Cimarron’…

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Ben Williams Band

Wednesday, June 10 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Ben Williams is an acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and composer who has performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Chaka Kahn, Pharrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Stefon Harris just to name a few. Williams’ own albums as a bandleader move affirmatively towards assuming the mantle of leadership in contemporary jazz. Williams adds, “I believe each tune should tell a story…where there are emotional ups and downs, thematic and character development, and so…

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Joachim Cooder

Thursday, June 11 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Best known as a world-class percussionist – most famously with the Buena Vista Social Club and alongside his father Ry Cooder – Joachim Cooder approaches his solo career steeped in the roots of American and world music. Accompanying himself on the electric mbira and other melodic percussion, he transforms Appalachian music and blues with a powerful aesthetic that draws the listener deep into the music. The same trance-inducing and transfixing experience informs his original compositions. Cooder’s sound is very much…

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Wallace Roney Quintet

Monday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Trumpeter Wallace Roney has been earning the admiration and respect of his musical colleagues and elders since the age of sixteen. He has collaborated with a who’s-who of jazz masters and was mentored by Miles Davis after Davis heard Roney perform at a 1983 concert at Carnegie Hall. Their association peaked when Davis chose Roney to share the stage with him at his historic 1991 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival. After Davis’ death, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter,…

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Los Aurora

Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Barcelona, Spain is home to the nuevo flamenco movement and Los Aurora, an exciting group in the aforementioned movement, that recently opened the city’s Ciutat Flamenco – one of the most important flamenco festivals in the world. The band is comprised of a talented circle of young artists who have created a unique melding of flamenco, jazz, and other contemporary genres. Los Aurora features vocalist Pere Martinez, pianist Max Villavecchia, bassist Javier Garrabella, drummer Joan Carles Mari, and dancer Pol…

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A Christian McBride Situation – 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 18 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door Ticket Price: $47.25

Christian McBride is a six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer and host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. Since the early 1990s, McBride has recorded on hundreds of projects as a sideman and has been a bandleader since 1995. Aside from collaborations with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Goerge Duke, McBride has been Artist-in-Residence and Artistic Director with organizations such as Jazz House Kids, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Jazz Museum in Harlem. McBride still manages to tour consistently while also…

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A Christian McBride Situation – 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 18 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Christian McBride is a six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist/composer and host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. Since the early 1990s, McBride has recorded on hundreds of projects as a sideman and has been a bandleader since 1995. Aside from collaborations with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Goerge Duke, McBride has been Artist-in-Residence and Artistic Director with organizations such as Jazz House Kids, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Jazz Museum in Harlem. McBride still manages to tour consistently while also…

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John Scofield & Dave Holland Duo – 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 20 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $44.10
Door Ticket Price: $49.35

Both recognized as being among the finest jazz interpreters on their respective instruments, guitarist John Scofield and bassist Dave Holland join forces to present audiences with a new musical conversation. Performing as a duo, these longtime colleagues bring their diverse musical backgrounds and infinite talents to the stage, each contributing original compositions to the set-list, and putting their stamp on a selection of jazz standards as well. Those familiar with Scofield and Holland’s individual artistry can expect nothing less than…

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John Scofield & Dave Holland Duo – 9:00 PM

Saturday, June 20 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $33.60
Door Ticket Price: $38.85

Both recognized as being among the finest jazz interpreters on their respective instruments, guitarist John Scofield and bassist Dave Holland join forces to present audiences with a new musical conversation. Performing as a duo, these longtime colleagues bring their diverse musical backgrounds and infinite talents to the stage, each contributing original compositions to the set-list, and putting their stamp on a selection of jazz standards as well. Those familiar with Scofield and Holland’s individual artistry can expect nothing less than…

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Summer Jazz Camp Concert

Thursday, June 25 @ 7:00 PM
Free

Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students entering grades 8-12 who are interested in learning jazz, improvisation, and jazz appreciation. Students receive both individual and group instruction on performance, basic improvisation and theory, concepts and phrasing, as well as history and appreciation. The camp is a part of Cabrillo Extension’s Summer Youth Program and culminates with this performance. Summer Jazz Camp Website .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container…

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The Hot Club of San Francisco

Monday, June 29 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France. The Hot Club of San Francisco borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club, while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic songs and original compositions from the group’s lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. To hear the ensemble live is to be carried back to the Paris jazz clubs…

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