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Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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April 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

CANCELLED – Fred Hersch

Monday, April 6 @ 7:00 PM

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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CANCELLED – William Parker – Blue: Music, Movement & Words

Thursday, April 9 @ 7:00 PM

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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CANCELLED – LADAMA

Friday, April 10 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Kuumbwa Jazz 45th Anniversary Celebration: Artemis

Monday, April 13 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Väsen

Tuesday, April 14 @ 7:30 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Holly Near

Wednesday, April 15 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Ray Charles Project

Thursday, April 16 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio with Scott Colley & Brian Blade

Monday, April 20 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – SJZ Collective Plays Weather Report, Mingus & Monk

Thursday, April 23 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Alex Lucero & The Live Again Band with Derek Bodkin

Friday, April 24 @ 7:30 PM
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Alex Lucero & The Live Again Band is 5-piece Soul/ Americana band, now based out of Santa Cruz California. The band has been playing professionally for over 3 years and band members age-range spans over 4 decades with generational talent led by lead singer Alex Lucero. The influences of the band ranges from R&B/ Soul of the 60’s and 70’s, Jazz Fusion, Afro Cuban, Reggae and everything in between. Together, the band has independently released three albums that are comprised…

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CANCELLED – Bill Charlap Trio

Tuesday, April 28 @ 7:00 PM
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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

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

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

Monday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Secrets Are the Best Stories: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – 9:00 PM

Monday, May 4 @ 9:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Thursday, May 7 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Monday, May 11 @ 7:00 PM
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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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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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CANCELLED – Miles Okazaki’s Trickster

Thursday, May 14 @ 7:00 PM
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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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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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The Sam Chase (solo) with Jeffrey Halford

Sunday, May 17 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $35

The Sam Chase is a songwriter and bandleader from San Francisco, California. His band, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, blends rock n roll and folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. Sam is a natural storyteller, treating crowds to evenings of hilarious tales, drinking songs, and soul-baring ballads. Chase is celebrating the release of his fourth album: a rock opera entitled ‘The Last Rights of Dallas Pistol.’ Over six…

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CANCELLED – Dave Weckl-Tom Kennedy Project

Monday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM
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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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POSTPONED – Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 PM
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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

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

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
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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
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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
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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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CANCELLED – Wallace Roney Quintet

Monday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Los Aurora

Tuesday, June 16 @ 7:00 PM
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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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David Lindley

Friday, June 26 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $42

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap…

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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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October 2020

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José James Presents No Beginning No End 2

Saturday, October 17 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50

You'd be forgiven for previously assuming that José James was a man with something to prove. There was that decade he spent reshaping jazz with the genre-blurring verve of a crate-digging beat guru. And that time he declared his jazz career was over, ditched the bands, and became a solo R&B star. And then there were the last couple years he spent living in Bill Withers' shoes – recording and touring that legendary songbook for the Lean On Me project, a feat…

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