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Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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December 2019

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Akiko – Hamilton – Dechter

Monday, December 2 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Akiko/Hamilton/Dechter is an organ trio featuring Akiko Tsuruga, Jeff Hamilton, and Graham Dechter. Akiko, an energetic organist from Japan, has joined forces with veteran jazz drummer Hamilton and guitarist Dechter in this hard-swinging group. They invite the listener into their realm of how they feel about music…that it should always be a joyous occasion. The group plays to make each other sound as good as they can possibly sound, and certainly succeeds. (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included,…

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Issac Delgado – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 4 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door Ticket Price: $47.25

Issac Delgado is an award-winning composer, vocalist, and performer who has played an essential role in the evolution of Cuban music as it is known today. Born in Havana in 1962, he helped to further both the salsa and timba genres, starting his career as a group member of several prominent Cuban bands. He went on to establish himself as a solo artist and leader of a number of talented musical groups throughout his career, all laced with his unique…

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Issac Delgado – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, December 4 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Issac Delgado is an award-winning composer, vocalist, and performer who has played an essential role in the evolution of Cuban music as it is known today. Born in Havana in 1962, he helped to further both the salsa and timba genres, starting his career as a group member of several prominent Cuban bands. He went on to establish himself as a solo artist and leader of a number of talented musical groups throughout his career, all laced with his unique…

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Independently Produced Event

Anthony Arya’s Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 7 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $12
Door Ticket Price: $15

The Holidays are a time to be home with friends and family. Anthony Arya invites you to kick off the Holiday season with an evening at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Home for the Holidays.  Anthony and his band will play all your Holiday favorites for a very special evening not to be missed.  A sneak peak at the set list shows  Merry Christmas Baby, Feliz Navidad, and Winter Wonderland, just to name a few.  If you've seen Anthony singing blues or…

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Independently Produced Event

Molly’s Revenge Winterdance

Sunday, December 8 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20
Door Ticket Price: $22

Molly's Revenge, with special guest vocalists and Irish dancers, will present Winterdance, an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. The performance will include Christmas songs both old and new, all played with a Celtic twist, and something new for our regulars. The core of the Winterdance show is the dynamic Celtic trio, Molly's Revenge. This year they will be joined by guest vocalist Amelia Hogan, along with Irish dancers. As always, this Annual Celtic Christmas…

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Chester Thompson Quartet

Monday, December 9 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Oklahoma-born organist Chester Thompson started playing at the age of five and has gone on to lead a career including a lengthy stint with Tower of Power, seventeen years with Santana and co-writing credits with both bands. His contributions have always proved integral to the groups he’s shared the stage with and he now brings his trademark sound to the stage with his own group. His quartet interacts with a paramount devotion to improvising in the moment and provides a…

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Mike Stern – Jeff Lorber Fusion feat. Jimmy Haslip & Dave Weckl – 7:00 PM

Thursday, December 12 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door 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. Joining Stern on this concert date are keyboardist Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Dave Weckl. (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not…

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Mike Stern – Jeff Lorber Fusion feat. Jimmy Haslip & Dave Weckl – 9:00 PM

Thursday, December 12 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

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. Joining Stern on this concert date are keyboardist Jeff Lorber, bassist Jimmy Haslip, and drummer Dave Weckl. (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not…

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Independently Produced Event

Sin Sisters Burlesque

Saturday, December 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. An evening of burlesque brought to you by internationally renowned and award winning performers. Sin Sisters Facebook

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The Musical Journey of Jews In The Ottoman Empire

Sunday, December 15 @ 3:00 PM
Regular General Admission: $20
Gold Circle: $35

Chadeish Yameinu - Jewish Renewal of Santa Cruz, will be holding their third annual benefit concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center on December 15.  The music group, ZIRZUVI, will be performing this year. ZIRZUVI specializes in the music of the Sephardic Jews who fled the Spanish inquisition to settle in new lands.  The performance will weave together Middle Eastern and Balkan musical styles to create a sound that will take the audience on a melodic journey to distant places.  Many of the songs performed…

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Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward – 7:00 PM

Monday, December 16 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $39.90
Door Ticket Price: $45.15

Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward are known for excelling in different genres, yet the two veteran musicians have been running in similar circles before pairing up for touring in 2018. With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, virtuoso guitarist Hunter has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, and D’Angelo. He is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously play…

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Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward – 9:00 PM

Monday, December 16 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $29.40
Door Ticket Price: $34.65

Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward are known for excelling in different genres, yet the two veteran musicians have been running in similar circles before pairing up for touring in 2018. With a career spanning 16 years and almost 20 albums, virtuoso guitarist Hunter has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, and D’Angelo. He is widely considered the authority on the seven- and eight-string guitar and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously play…

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 18 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the three-time Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band, sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York style salsa. Their energy on stage and their rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s storied history, the ensemble’s thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists come together to create an unparalleled musical experience. With six albums and five Grammy nominations to their name, this powerhouse orchestra is aware…

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, December 18 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the three-time Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band, sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York style salsa. Their energy on stage and their rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s storied history, the ensemble’s thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists come together to create an unparalleled musical experience. With six albums and five Grammy nominations to their name, this powerhouse orchestra is aware…

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Independently Produced Event

Irish Christmas In America

Thursday, December 19 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $25
Door Ticket Price: $30

Presented by Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay 831-464-9778 The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 14th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humour and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2018 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell. This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads,…

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January 2020

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Benny Green Trio

Monday, January 6, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Benny Green’s flair for tasteful swinging, both elegant and earthy, burns bright with flawless technique and imaginative, one-of-a-kind improvisational lines. His keyboard genius has bolstered the vocal artistry of Betty Carter, served in the ranks of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and succeeded the great Gene Harris in the Ray Brown Trio. Soon after joining Brown’s trio in 1993, Green joined them for the recording of Bass Face: Live at Kuumbwa. Despite exploring other styles of jazz, Green remains a respected…

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Special Event

Kuumbwa Jazz & The Humanities Institute at UCSC Present: Layali Morocco: Jewish Songlines and Soundscapes – Samuel Torjman Thomas & ASEFA

Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

ASEFA (meaning “gathering”) is led by ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist Samuel Torjman Thomas, Ph.D. Blending vocals, oud, violin, nay, and plenty of percussion, with songs in Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, and Ladino, this trio ensemble traverses several North African song traditions. Drawing upon a rich intercultural mix of Hebraic and Islamic traditions, audiences feel the heartbeat of the Maghreb. Thomas is an ethnomusicologist and multi-instrumentalist, and as artistic director of the New York Andalus Ensemble and ASEFA, he journeys through a lush Mediterranean garden of…

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Jeremy Pelt Quintet

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $33.60
Door Ticket Price: $38.85

Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters in the world of jazz. After forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, his career progressed and Pelt built upon that relationship, which lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters. Notable collaborations include work with the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band. As a bandleader, Pelt’s recordings and performances have earned him heaps of critical…

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Pamela Rose & Terrence Brewer: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer called upon jazz and blues vocalist Pamela Rose to lovingly rejoice in the vocal/guitar duo work of Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. Mellifluous, swinging and intimate, Ella and Joe’s partnership on Pablo Records created four incomparable records, treasured by a generation of music lovers. Brewer and Rose discovered that those recordings had been deeply influential to them both – and embarked on a journey of rediscovery which has resulted in a new recording, Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me…

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Biréli Lagrène Gipsy Project Trio

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Music has always been the language of guitarist Bireli Lagrene. Following in the footsteps of legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, Lagrene hails from Alsace and plays with incredible precision, strength and virtuosity – he is considered to be one of the world’s premiere practitioners of gypsy jazz. Lagrene’s acclaimed Gipsy Project ensemble features a trio format on this concert date, with saxophonist Franck Wolf and bassist William Branard. (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not…

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Jason Moran Duo with Marvin Sewell

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Pianist and composer Jason Moran has established himself as a risk-taker and trendsetter for new directions in jazz. Rolling Stone calls him “the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” It’s that incomparable talent and unyielding drive towards innovation that earned Moran a prestigious MacArther Genius Grant Fellowship and the title of Kennedy Center Artistic Director for jazz. A prolific composer, Moran released two albums in 2018: Looks of a Lot, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Center, and Music for Joan…

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Ranky Tanky

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

Ranky Tanky, South Carolina’s global Gullah cultural ambassadors and Billboard chart-toppers making “soulful honey to the ears” (NPR), have released their new album, Good Time. After weeks of teasing new music and releaseing a pair of EPs this summer, the five-piece group brings it all home on Good Time. “Gullah” comes from West African languages and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely to “work it” of “get funky”. In this spirit, this Charleston, South Carolina quintet…

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February 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi

Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

World-renowned guitarist Stanley Jordan has developed a new live show called Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi. This is a tribute show, but it’s not pure imitation. Instead, Jordan builds on Jimi Hendrix’s legacy in a creative way. As Jordan explains it, “This is my fantasy Jimi Hendrix concert if Jimi were still alive and playing today. By re-imagining his music and channeling his persona, I try to bring that fantasy to life.” It may be surprising that Jordan would take on…

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Jeff Denson – Romain Pilon – Brian Blade

Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

When these virtuoso players meet on the bandstand, the result is sheer magic. Join revered French guitarist Romain Pilon, powerhouse drummer Brian Blade, and internationally acclaimed bassist, vocalist, and composer Jeff Denson as they celebrate their new album Between Two Worlds.  The recording features originals by Denson and Pilon, who met two decades ago as students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.  After graduation, they pursued their own careers, but reunited occasionally to reclaim their musical camaraderie. When Denson played with Blade on a 2017 tour with Joel Harrison’s Spirit House, they clicked. “We deeply connected…

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Patricia Barber

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

“Few performers in or out of jazz are as consistently brilliant as Patricia Barber” writes JazzTimes. Born outside Chicago in 1955, Barber came by music naturally. Her father was Floyd “Shim” Barber, a saxophonist who played intermittently with Glenn Miller’s orchestra, and her mother was a blues singer. Barber’s “career has been brilliantly marked by a complete unwillingness to compromise her approach to music,” says All about Jazz. “She exists in that uncharted creative realm where she successfully defies classification...These…

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Independently Produced Event

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $27
Gold Circle: $40

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 20 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 sheer physical presence of their…

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Kandace Springs

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

World-renowned recording artist Kandace Springs’s next album will be her most personal work yet. Titled 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. The album will feature 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 McRae, through…

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Independently Produced Event

Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 8:00 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $35

Flan and fam return to Santa Cruz to celebrate the release of his 14th album, The Light, a journey to find hope, faith, love, light in a world where darkness seems much easier to see. Presented by Pulse Productions 831-423-7970 Tim Flannery Website

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Education Event

Master Class: Jim Payne – Funk and R&B Drum Lab

Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Free

Jim Payne, labeled the “Buddy Rich or Billy Cobham of funk drumming” by JazzTimes Magazine, has had a long career as a drummer, educator, producer, and collaborator with some of the finest musicians in funk, jazz, and R&B. Payne is a member of the online faculty at Berklee College of Music and has performed with artists such as Maceo Parker, Fred Weskley, Michael Brecker, and others. In this master class, Payne will play R&B and funk clips and show how…

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Stacey Kent

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 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 Acoustic Quintet – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50

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 Acoustic Quintet – 9:00 PM

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 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 Ben Street & Eric Harland

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

Dayna Stephens, Ben Street and Eric Harland first played and recorded together on Stephens' debut recording, The Timeless Now, and after a hiatus they have regrouped and recorded their debut Liberty Trio album. This trio takes liberty in using a wide range of textural colors with Stephens playing all four saxophones , Street's command on acoustic/electric basses as well as Moog KeyBass, and Harland'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…

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Independently Produced Event

Tom Paxton and The Don Juans

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 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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March 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Regina Carter & Xavier Davis

Monday, March 2, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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The Finest Hour: Celebrating the Music that Ended WWII feat. Davina and the Vagabonds & Hot Club of Cowtown

Monday, March 9, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $42
Door Ticket Price: $47.25

Davina and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level-A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Davina Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. Since 1998, the Western swing/gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their…

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Melissa Aldana Visions Quartet

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 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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Hiromi: Solo Piano – 7:00 PM

Monday, March 16, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $73.50
Door Ticket Price: $78.75

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, 2020 @ 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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Paris Combo

Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

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

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 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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