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Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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January 2022

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Brian Charette Trio with Will Bernard & Tommy Igoe

Thursday, January 20 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $15.75

New York City-based organist/pianist Brian Charette has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Charette was the winner of the 2014 DownBeat Critics’ Poll for “Rising Star” in the organ category and was the 2015 Hot House Magazine’s “Fan’s Decision Jazz Award for Best Organist.” This year he has placed third in the 2021 DownBeat Critics’ Poll. Charette has released nineteen albums, to-date. His trio on this concert date features guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Tommy Igoe. Brian…

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Long Time Comin’ featuring Marty Williams

Saturday, January 22 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $20

Bay Area jazz pianist and vocalist Marty Williams was called "The Catalyst" by San Francisco Chronicle critic Phil Elwood. Anna DeLeon of Anna's Jazz Island describes him as one of "the Bay Area's treasures" and describes his piano playing and singing as "passionate, humorous, and unique." She likens him to "Oscar Brown Jr. plus Mose Allison plus Monk with just a dash of Redd Foxx!" Marty's most recent CD, Long Time Comin', showcases his incredible talent. He invites us to listen…

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James Lee Stanley/Dan Navarro plus Bonny June & Bonfire

Sunday, January 23 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $35

Imagine if the members of Led Zeppelin lived in Laurel Canyon in 1967 with neighbors like Stephen Stills and Joni Mitchell; David Crosby and Roger McGuinn. That is exactly what James Lee & Dan Navarro (late of Lowen & Navarro fame) did. They don’t just cover these classic Led Zeppelin songs, but entirely reinvent them.  Classic Led Zeppelin songs rearranged for two voices and two acoustic guitars. A complete reimagining of their classic songs. Bonny June & Bonfire performs original Americana music,…

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CANCELLED – Stephane Wrembel Band

Monday, January 24 @ 7:00 PM

Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitar players in the world.  The breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched. This prolific musician from France has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2002 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. David Fricke at Rolling Stone Magazine called him “a revelation.” Wrembel has headlined Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall in NYC, and The Lyon Opera…

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Dayan Kai

Friday, January 28 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $42

Dayan (“DAY-uhn”) Kai is a true force of musical nature. An artist whose abilities and style know few bounds, Dayan is known for his soulful voice, powerful songwriting, and multi-instrumental prowess. “Dayan is perhaps one of the most complete and talented musicians . . . not only is he a dazzling multi-instrumentalist, but also a soulful vocalist with a stratospheric range and a poignant songwriter who knows how to heal with his compositions.” Born on the island of Maui, Kai grew…

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The Sam Chase plus David Luning (solo)

Saturday, January 29 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $42

It was the spring of 2018, and in a dingy bar outside of Adelphi , Maryland two research scientists were in the middle of a heated argument. The topic under discussion: How much sheer musical magnitude can three musicians possibly produce? Phones rang, emails were sent, and the scientific community kicked into gear en masse to find an answer. ​Flash forward to two-and-a-half weeks later… . Eminent singer-songwriter The Sam Chase strides out of the hadron collider flanked on one side by…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

RESCHEDULED – Thana Alexa: ONA

Monday, January 31 @ 7:00 PM

Click here for rescheduled 6/6 concert info and tickets! Ona se bori, nikad neće se dati! The opening lines of the title track from Thana Alexa’s GRAMMY®-nominated album ONA are a battle cry and a mantra.  This fearless incantation, in the language of Alexa’s heritage, translates to, She fights, She'll never give in. This awe-inspiring vocalist and composer, arranger and producer— for whom the voice is both a lyrical and experimental instrument— has had her latest work consistently covered by major press outlets. ONA was inspired by the cross…

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February 2022

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio with Scott Colley & Brian Blade

Friday, February 4 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Wolfgang Muthspiel, whom The New Yorker has called “a shining light” among today’s jazz guitarists, returns to the trio format on this concert date. The Austrian guitarist will be joined by long-time collaborator Brian Blade on drums, and Scott Colley on bass. Featuring music from Muthspiel’s latest album, Angular Blues, this ensemble blends the bucolic and pensive with baroque and bebop influences. Wolfgang Muthspiel Website Sponsored by Jennifer & Arch Mott (Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)…

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Independently Produced Event

CANCELED – Led Kaapana & Fran Guidry

Saturday, February 5 @ 8:00 PM

Led Kaapana’s mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Kandace Springs

Monday, February 7 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Door Ticket Price: $47.25
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

World renowned Blue Note/Capitol recording artist Kandace Springs’ latest album, released in March 2020, is her most personal work yet. Entitled The Women Who Raised Me, it is her loving tribute to the great female singers who inspired her to begin her journey towards becoming one of the premier jazz/soul vocalists of our time. This project features her unique interpretations of songs that she first heard growing up in Tennessee, and ranges from such classic icons as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Edward Simon: Solo Piano

Thursday, February 10 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Edward Simon, hailing from Venezuela, has made a name for himself over decades in America as a jazz improviser, composer/arranger and bandleader, with his profile heightening in recent years as he has explored the commonalities jazz can have with the folkloric sounds of Latin America. JazzTimes summed up his impact this way: “Simon is less talked about than many other important jazz pianists from the Caribbean and South America, but he may be the most complete creative artist among them.”…

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Independently Produced Event

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Friday, February 11 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $25
Door Ticket Price: $30

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," and brilliant Californian cellist, Natalie Haas, spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding, and the joyful spontaneity and…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Tuck & Patti

Monday, February 14 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50
Student Ticket Price: $26.25

For over forty years, the unique vocal/guitar duo of Tuck & Patti has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of music lovers, the respect of jazz buffs, and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and vocalists. Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart were married in 1981 and their recording career took off with 1988's groundbreaking Tears of Joy. Now, thirteen albums later, they have toured the world as a duo, appearing at times alongside Miles Davis, Count Basie, George…

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Special Event

Kuumbwa Jazz & Indexical Present: Nicole McCabe & Logan Kane Quartet

Thursday, February 17 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $15.75

The Minaret Records two-night showcase in Santa Cruz kicks off in a co-presentation by Indexical and Kuumbwa Jazz, featuring a quartet led by saxophonist Nicole McCabe & bassist Logan Kane. Preserving the warm buzz of early bebop while bravely exploring the jazz fusion of her contemporaries, LA alto saxophonist and composer McCabe is reaching beyond traditional jazz to blend a broad range of styles, making her one of the most compelling young composers and players in today’s West Coast jazz…

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Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

Monday, February 21 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Immanuel Wilkins is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and bandleader from the greater Philadelphia area. While growing up, Wilkins honed his skills in the church and studied in programs dedicated to teaching jazz music like the Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. After moving to New York in 2015, he proceeded to earn his bachelor’s degree in Music at Juilliard (studying with the saxophonists Bruce Williams and the late, great Joe Temperley) while simultaneously establishing himself as an in-demand side…

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The Cookers

Thursday, February 24 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50
Student Ticket Price: $26.25

Experience counts, especially in jazz. The more time musicians spend interpreting tunes and interacting with others, the more articulation an audience can expect. You can hear the fruits of such work in the expressive language The Cookers bring to the bandstand and to their six critically acclaimed recordings, Warriors, Cast the First Stone, Believe, Time and Time Again, The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart and Look Out!. This exciting all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop…

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Oscar Peñas

Friday, February 25 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Guitarist Oscar Peñas was born in Barcelona. His family loved traditional, folk, and flamenco music, and his maternal grandfather was a trumpet player who occasionally played with Xavier Cugat’s orchestra. Peñas’ first studies were devoted to classical music. He later developed a fascination with jazz and decided to dedicate his career to the genre, incorporating a diverse range rhythms and styles into his music. A recipient of the Jazz Road grant from the South Arts organization, Peñas was already a…

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Connie Han Trio

Monday, February 28 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut Crime Zone. At 23, Han is on a fast-climbing trajectory to jazz stardom with rave reviews from The New York Times, Jazziz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, and more. According to Downbeat, Han has “already absorbed the post-bop piano masters” with “all the technical mastery she’ll ever need.” The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a…

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March 2022

Independently Produced Event

Lúnasa

Friday, March 4 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $25
Door Ticket Price: $30

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Presented by the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay  More info: concertdirector@celticsociety.org Lunasa Website .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object,…

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Education Event

Master Class – Ulysses Owens: Jazz Drumming 101

Sunday, March 6 @ 3:00 PM
Free

In this free Master Class with Ulysses Owens Jr., the focus will be Jazz Drumming 101…everything you need to know to get the gig and to keep the gig! This workshop stems from course curriculum created by Owens, that educates jazz drummers comprehensively about the trade. Oftentimes drummers are inundated with countless text books and advice that still leaves them ill-equipped to get the gig in the professional musical world. This Master Class, however, gets right to the heart of…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Antonio Sánchez & Bad Hombre with Thana Alexa, BIGYUKI & Lex Sadler

Monday, March 7 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Born in Mexico City, 4-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sánchez began playing the drums at age five and performed professionally in his early teens in Mexico’s rock, jazz and Latin music scenes. He pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 enrolled in Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies. Sánchez currently has close to a dozen recordings as a leader and solo…

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Independently Produced Event

The Real Irish Comedy Fest

Friday, March 11 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $25 - $30

Not only Irish eyes will be smiling this St. Patrick’s Day. Come get a blast of blarney and Irish laughter just in time for the big day. The Real Irish Comedy Fest showcases the best blend of Irish Comedic talent, accents included and are coming to Santa Cruz for one night only. From Longford, Ireland, Sean Finnerty decided to move stateside where a series of mature decisions that he failed to make led him to stand-up comedy. Recently he was rewarded for…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

The Hot Sardines

Monday, March 14 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50
Student Ticket Price: $26.25

Quality is timeless. Just ask The Hot Sardines. In the talented hands of the New York-based ensemble, music first made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era with the mere lilt of her voice. On Welcome Home Bon Voyage, The Hot Sardines’ latest album for Universal Music Classics, the jazz collective broadens its already impressive palette, combining covers and originals as they effortlessly…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

The Manhattan Transfer – 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 17 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $73.50
Door Ticket Price: $78.75
Student Ticket Price: $39.00

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 group with a cult following, they soon expanded…

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Independently Produced Event

Dan Bern plus Alex Lucero

Friday, March 18 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $40

Dan Bern has released 30 albums and EPs, and played thousands of shows across North America and Europe. He is a captivating live performer with a loyal, multi-generational following. Bern’s songs have appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including original songs for the films Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story, Get Him to the Greek, songs for the Amazon Prime kids program, The Stinky and Dirty Show, scores of songs for The Tony Kornheiser Show, the end of the…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Anat Cohen & Marcello Gonçalves

Monday, March 21 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Ever charismatic, prolific, and inspired, Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The New York Times writes, “Ms. Cohen on the clarinet was a revelation. Using the clarinet’s upper register, she could evoke infectious joy. In the lower register, her playing could conjure a deep, soulful melancholy. On up-tempo numbers, her improvisations weren’t just bebop fast; they had a clarity and deep intelligence that is really quite…

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Goldings/Bernstein/Stewart Organ Trio

Wednesday, March 23 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

In the mid 1990s, The New York Times described Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart as “the best organ trio of the last decade.” The Goldings/Bernstein/Stewart Organ Trio, which has now been together for over 30 years, has been recognized for charting new ground, with its synergistic playing, and thoughtful music. They have over a dozen recordings, all of which display their distinctive sound, whether exploring the depths of jazz standards, or playing their own original compositions. Of their latest offering, Toy…

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Independently Produced Event

Hank & Ella with The Fine Country Band plus Mira Goto Band

Saturday, March 26 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $40

Good at Being Lonely is Hank and Ella with The Fine Country Band‘s sophomore album.  The album has a range of feelings from lonesome honky-tonk scenes to feel-good classic-country anthems.  The band continues to highlight the California country sound while adding its own influences and experiences. With 13 original country songs, Good at Being Lonely is new while reaching back to the roots of country music.  We are excited to release our new music for the world to hear. At…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Paula West

Monday, March 28 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Paula West is an American jazz and cabaret singer known for her rich, powerful contralto voice and for her highly nuanced interpretations of an extraordinarily eclectic selection of songs that range from the Great American songbook to reinterpretations of songs by artists such as Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Lou Reed and Johnny Cash. The New York Times has been particularly vocal in their praise for West, singling out her “thickly textured voice has ripened into a driving expressive force” and an…

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Eubanks-Evans Experience

Thursday, March 31 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

The Eubanks-Evans Experience, featuring guitarist Kevin Eubanks and pianist Orrin Evans highlights the story of two musicians from the City of Brotherly Love, who have decided to turn their personal conversations about life, strife, happiness and all that goes with it, into a journey of sound. One on piano. One on guitar. Emotions, calm and tranquil, an unforeseen moment turns into what can be described as a growling pivot to a clearly different musical point of view. It’s a powerful moment when…

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June 2022

Independently Produced Event

Bedouine plus Shannon Lay

Wednesday, June 1 @ 8:00 PM
Regular General Admission: $23.10 – $26.25

Azniv Korkejian, the Los Angeles-based artist who records as Bedouine, first sprang to international attention when her meticulous, eponymous 2017 debut seemed to open a window in time. With striking, direct vocals and simple guitar accompaniment, Bedouine was immediately dubbed “a modern folk masterpiece” by Fader and Korkejian was praised as a “future legend” by The New York Times. Bedouine Website Shannon Lay Website More info:  info@folkyeah.com (((folkYEAH!))) Website .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container…

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