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Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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September 2021

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Amendola vs. Blades with Jeff Parker and Skerik

Saturday, September 18 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Dinner Menu: Cannellini Bean Ragout with Kiolbassa Smoked Sausage (grass-fed organic beef) Spinach Salad with Sungold Tomatoes, Feta & Avocado Crostini *** Wil Blades is revered as one of the essential torchbearers for the Hammond B-3 organ-jazz tradition (not to mention for the Clavinet, as well). Scott Amendola is one of the rare drummers whose pure groove is in the pocket, yet simultaneously and delightfully angular and skewed. Add guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise and saxophonics visionary Skerik, and you…

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Darrell Scott

Sunday, September 19 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $36
Gold Circle: $50

Multi-Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter Darrell Scott mines and cultivates the everyday moment, taking the rote, menial, mundane, and allowing it to be surreal, ever poignant, and candidly honest, lilting, blooming, and resonating. The words he fosters allow us to make sense of the world, what is at stake here, and our place in it. And ultimately, Darrell knows the sole truth of life is that love is all that matters, that we don’t always get it right, but that’s the instinctive and requisite…

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Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science – 6:30 PM

Thursday, September 23 @ 6:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $52.50
Student Ticket Price: $29.00

Dinner Menu: Green Curry Black Cod Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, & Spinach Basmati Rice *** GRAMMY Award-winning drummer, producer, educator, activist and 2019 Doris Duke Award recipient, Terri Lyne Carrington debuts new band Social Science, to boldly confront social justice issues with their eclectic collaborative double album, Waiting Game. Galvanized by seismic changes in the ever-evolving social and political landscape, Carrington and Social Science confront a wide spectrum of social justice issues. The band’s stunning debut album, Waiting Game, immediately takes its place in…

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Molly Miller Trio

Thursday, September 30 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $21.00
Student Ticket Price: $13.00

Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style. She’s one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Donna Missal, and Morgxn, at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, Coachella, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. In her feature in the renowned magazine, Guitar, Michael James Adam notes that Miller “slings the…

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October 2021

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Kim Nalley

Monday, October 4 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area" in 2005 and the Bay Area’s "Best Jazz Group" in 2013, vocalist Dr. Kim Nalley is already being called a legendary San Francisco institution. Nalley hwas discovered by Michael Tilson Thomas while singing to packed audiences live with no amplification. Thomas subsequently recorded her singing live with no amplification and invited her to sing with the San Francisco Symphony. Nalley then became a Rounder Records recording artist and went on a…

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John Hanrahan Quartet: Coltrane Celebration feat. Andrew Dixon

Thursday, October 7 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $21.00
Student Ticket Price: $13.00

A veteran of the Chicago music scene, drummer John Hanrahan has made a strong and versatile impression in jam bands throughout the country, as well as with his jazz quartet. This evening with the John Hanrahan Quartet celebrates the music of John Coltrane, featuring Andrew Dixon on woodwinds, Parker Grant on piano, Giulio Cetto on bass, and Hanrahan on drums. Over the course of two sets the group will present unique renditions of Coltrane's works. The first set will offer a…

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The Quebe Sisters plus Alex Lucero

Friday, October 8 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $40

With over fifteen years of touring to date, The Quebe Sisters have delivered their authentic triple fiddle and three-part harmony sound to the concert halls and festivals of North America and Europe. Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe front an innovative Progressive Western Swing band of archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles and sibling harmony. The Dallas-based five-piece presents a unique Americana blend of Western Swing, Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, Texas-Style Fiddling, and Western music. Heavily influenced by R&B and Soul of the 1960’s…

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Sin Sisters Burlesque

Saturday, October 9 @ 8:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20 - $40

The return of Sin Sisters Burlesque! The wait is over! Performances by: Cyanide Cyn, Babraham Lincoln, Lady Satan, Madame Luke, Coral T. Gypsy, and Jota Mercury Sin Sisters Facebook

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Theo Croker

Monday, October 11 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

Theo Croker is a storyteller who speaks through his trumpet. A creative who refuses boundaries, the GRAMMY Award-nominated artist, composer, producer, thought leader, and influencer projects his voice through the music. After seven years of sojourn in Shanghai, Croker crash-landed with a simmering original sound on the 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted album Afro Physicist. Following the success of Escape Velocity in 2016, he ascended to a new stratosphere with Star People Nation in 2019. The record garnered a nomination in the category of “Best Contemporary…

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William Parker – Hamid Drake – Patricia Nicholson

Thursday, October 14 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time." Drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and improvised music. Drake is noted for incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence into his music. Dancer and poet Patricia Nicholson is steeped in the aesthetic of free jazz, with an attention…

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John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

Friday, October 15 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $34
Gold Circle: $45

J2B2-John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band is an all-star bluegrass supergroup featuring four legendary, award-winning musicians – John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber on acoustic guitar and vocals – delivering bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before. The band’s undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and have the bluegrass world buzzing. The four combine forces to form a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship,…

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Mira & Anthony Goto plus Bonny June & Bonfire

Saturday, October 16 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $40

Mira Goto follows in the footsteps of today’s country songwriting superstars, driving powerful lyrics and catchy choruses throughout her catalogue. The international award-winning songwriter has turned performer since inking a production deal with Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac, Colbie Caillat). Mira’s recently released her debut EP, “Nobody Warned Me.” Bonny June & Bonfire performs original Americana music, harmony-rich and playfully delivered. Guitarist Ken Kraft (White Album Ensemble, Snail) and Bassist Craig Owens (Lacy J. Dalton) are well-known players & soulful singers. Bonny June writes…

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James Carter Organ Trio

Monday, October 18 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

The organ combo reigned for several decades as jazz’s meat-and-potatoes mainstay, a populist vehicle for blues-drenched performances. In the hands of James Carter, one of jazz’s most sophisticated saxophone improvisers, the organ trio is no less satisfying, yet his virtuosic chops elevate the organ combo to a rarefied realm defined by delectable soul, a gourmet repertoire, and inspired group interplay. Featuring the lithe and muscular keyboard work of Detroit’s rising B3 star Gerard Gibbs, and the propulsive drum support of…

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Jamie Baum Septet+

Thursday, October 21 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

New York City-based jazz flutist/composer/producer/educator and Sunnyside Records artist Jamie Baum has toured the United States and over 35 countries. She has performed at major festivals and concert halls and has worked with artists as renowned and diverse as Paul Motian, Randy Brecker, Dave Douglas, Fred Hersch, Louis Cole, Roy Hargrove, Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith. Her many awards and honors include several grants and residencies, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, eleven nominations by the Jazz Journalists Association for 'Flutist…

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Singer Songwriter Showcase to Support Ralph Anybody

Saturday, October 23 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $40

Venerable KPIG DJ and funnyman Ralph Anybody has always helped out when we’ve needed to do a benefit show for someone in the community. Now it’s Ralphie who needs our help after tragedy befell his house! The short version is that a tree fell on and decimated part of his domicile that he shares with his lovely wife Ellen and their two doggos, Lily and Daphne. So, since Ralphie is always helping those around him, we thought it’s time that we help Ralphie. So,…

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An Evening with Branford Marsalis – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, October 26 @ 6:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $73.50

Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader, and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence. Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first…

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An Evening with Branford Marsalis – 9:00 PM

Tuesday, October 26 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $57.75

Branford Marsalis has stayed the course. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist bringing new energy and new audiences to jazz, he has refined and expanded his talents and his horizons as a musician, composer, bandleader, and educator – a 21st Century mainstay of artistic excellence. Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first…

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Barrio Manouche

Thursday, October 28 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

The San Francisco-based acoustic ensemble Barrio Manouche performs a repertoire of original compositions with an emotionally charged sound that is difficult to classify yet instantly recognizable. The group’s international roots shine brightly in their music with members from Spain, Quebec, France, Brazil and California and is deeply influenced by a wide range of musical traditions. Barrio Manouche has been recognized for its surprise concerts, innovative style, complex technique, and its passion for musical improvisations. With latest collaborations including French Flamenco…

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November 2021

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Monday, November 1 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Nobody plays classic jump-blues and jazz with more punch and authority than Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. Fronted by the Smith, an alluring singer whose style draws on Dinah Washington and Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Little Esther Phillips, the band performs tasty arrangements of tunes from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, as well as original numbers, for fans across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The seven-piece Red Hot Skillet Lickers, led by arranger and pianist…

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Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Monday, November 8 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25

Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. In the course of his twenty plus year career, Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, and recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others. Coltrane has released six albums as a leader. His albums include, Moving Pictures, From The Round Box, Mad 6, In Flux, Blending Times, and Spirit Fiction. He also has collaborated on various albums, including, Seraphic Light with Joe Lovano and David Liebman, In Movement with…

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Bria Skonberg

Friday, November 12 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

New York-based and Canadian-born singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Skonberg has stormed onto the jazz scene with her smoky vocals, blistering trumpet, and compelling compositions and arrangements. The Juno Award winner has sung the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the iconic Apollo Theater, sat in with the Dave Matthews Band, was a featured guest…

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Nick Waterhouse

Wednesday, November 17 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Student Ticket Price: $15.75

Nick Waterhouse grew up in a coastal town near Long Beach, CA. It was a serene setting: the ocean stretching out for miles to the North and South, manicured lawns, two-story homes, long swathes of concrete highway, fast food chains and mega malls. He was there for two decades. Then, he left. He found a home in his early 20s in San Francisco, working at record stores alongside a collective of like-minded young crate-diggers and 45 collectors. And then he…

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Mike Clark & Michael Zilber: Mike Drop

Thursday, November 18 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Student Ticket Price: $15.75

Mike Drop demonstrates the mastery of two jazz veterans — between Mike Clark’s straight-ahead post-bop drumming and Michael Zilber’s raw and refined sax mastery, the clarity and brilliance of this release is the rewarding product of a ten year-long friendship between the artists and an inspiring week of performances in the Bay Area. Mike Drop features a blend of the tunes drawn from the group’s successful series of gigs in the region back in 2018, including a sold-out performance at the San Jose…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Django Festival All-Stars

Monday, November 22 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25

The Django Festival All-Stars bring the music of the legendary Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt fully into the 21st century. Their unique, high-energy performances pay tribute to Reinhardt, who is considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time. Reinhardt’s driving, swinging style became known as “hot jazz” and it continues to grow in popularity throughout the world…in part due to the success of The Django Festival Allstars, who honor the traditions of Gypsy jazz while adding their own…

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The Ray Charles Project

Monday, November 29 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Student Ticket Price: $15.75

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 Eammon Flynn, bassist Dewayne Pate, and powerhouse blues drummer Deszon Claiborne. Together, these musical dynamos salute Charles’ groundbreaking soul, blues, and beyond. Ray Charles Project Website (Ticket Includes 5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax)…

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December 2021

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo – 6:30 PM

Monday, December 6 @ 6:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

The year is 1993, July 3rd to be exact, 10 AM to be even more exact...Charlie Hunter called up Scott Amendola (at Kenny Brooks’ recommendation after hearing him at a local jam session in San Francisco), to fill in for his drummer who had double-booked himself that night. They had a great conversation and great night of music. That continues now, nearly 30 years later, as they bring playfulness, joy, and mastery of their instruments for a unique, fun, and…

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Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola Duo – 9 PM

Monday, December 6 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

The year is 1993, July 3rd to be exact, 10 AM to be even more exact...Charlie Hunter called up Scott Amendola (at Kenny Brooks’ recommendation after hearing him at a local jam session in San Francisco), to fill in for his drummer who had double-booked himself that night. They had a great conversation and great night of music. That continues now, nearly 30 years later, as they bring playfulness, joy, and mastery of their instruments for a unique, fun, and…

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Jazzmeia Horn

Thursday, December 9 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

Award-winning vocalist Jazzmeia Horn announces her ever-expanding talents with the release of her first big-band effort, Dear Love, a recording that brims with the combination of her assured delivery and spoken world segments, deft arrangements, and fiery musical ideas. While the album functions as a platform for Horn to showcase both her perception of the world and her endlessly unfolding talents, it also granted the composer a setting to expound on personal experiences, shuttling them through a sui generis musical prism.…

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Mike Stern – Jeff Lorber Fusion feat. Jimmy Haslip & Gary Novak – 6:30 PM

Friday, December 10 @ 6:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25

Having cut his teeth in Miles Davis’ 1980s comeback band, guitarist Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy-nominee. He first jumped on the scene as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, followed by work with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Stern is a true virtuoso capable of dreamy, emotive ballads and searing jazz-rockers. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is one of the most renowned names in jazz fusion. Also featured in the Mike Stern – Jeff Lorber Fusion on this concert date are bassist Jimmy Haslip, and…

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Mike Stern – Jeff Lorber Fusion feat. Jimmy Haslip & Gary Novak – 9 PM

Friday, December 10 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Having cut his teeth in Miles Davis’ 1980s comeback band, guitarist Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy-nominee. He first jumped on the scene as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, followed by work with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Stern is a true virtuoso capable of dreamy, emotive ballads and searing jazz-rockers. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber is one of the most renowned names in jazz fusion. Also featured in the Mike Stern – Jeff Lorber Fusion on this concert date are bassist Jimmy Haslip, and…

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Kurt Elling – 6:30 PM

Monday, December 13 @ 6:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $23.50

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY-winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time”. Over a twenty-five year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award fifteen times. He has had a 14-year run atop…

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Kurt Elling – 9 PM

Monday, December 13 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY-winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time”. Over a twenty-five year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award fifteen times. He has had a 14-year run atop…

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Ray Obiedo Latin Jazz Project

Thursday, December 16 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Student Ticket Price: $15.75

Contemporary jazz composer and guitarist Ray Obiedo has had an eclectic musical background during his youth spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. The sounds of Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Henry Mancini and the popular sounds of Motown Records influenced his early musical persona. Probably the greatest influence on his embryonic career, however, was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sounds was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique, showcased on this concert date by the…

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