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Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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January 2020

Independently Produced Event

Pawn Shop Soul CD Release Celebration

Saturday, January 18 @ 8:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $12
Door Ticket Price: $15

A local favorite of soul and funk fans, Pawn Shop Soul is delighted to drop their first CD featuring Simone Cox on four vocal tunes and four of their grooviest instrumentals.  The soulful Simone Cox, well known to local R&B fans, will be showcasing her tunes from the CD.  Sadly, Simone is leaving the area soon so Angela Porter is stepping in to sing some new tunes for Pawn Shop Soul.  Angela’s gutsy southern soul approach often brings the great…

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Racial Reconciliation and the Future of Race in America

Wednesday, January 22 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $10

A vibrant, stimulating, and challenging conversation on race in America with Alondra Nelson (President, Social Sciences Research Council) and Herman Gray (Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz) as moderated by Jenny Reardon (Professor of Sociology and Director of the Science & Justice Research Center, UC Santa Cruz). The racially charged moment we are living through in the U.S. comes with tremendous danger, but also with great opportunity.  The dangers are obvious— blatantly racist statements by our president, the emboldenment…

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Biréli Lagrène Gipsy Project Trio

Thursday, January 23 @ 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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Antonina’s CD Release: Heart of All That Matters

Saturday, January 25 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20

Antonina is a Santa Cruz-based singer-songwriter and choral singer who creates a delicious eclectic musical stew!  She adds spice to a rich roux of folk, women’s vocal harmonies and world music.  With a pinch of a cappella and a dash of blues and jazz, Antonina cooks up a savory feast of truly unique music. This concert celebrates the release of her second album, Heart of All That Matters.  A rhythm guitarist, she’ll be accompanied by Michael Levy on piano, Ray…

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Jason Moran Duo with Marvin Sewell

Monday, January 27 @ 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 @ 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

Independently Produced Event

Proteus Trio

Saturday, February 1 @ 8:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20

A string-centric power trio that brings together three of the most versatile and adventurous musicians in the Bay Area, Proteus Trio doesn’t so much ignore genre conventions as embrace every musical practice. Violinist Evan Price earned two Grammy Awards during his decade-long run with Turtle Island Quartet and continues his two-decade-plus tenure in the pioneering Hot Club of San Francisco. Peabody Institute-trained cellist Lewis Patzner is best known as a prolific studio musician sought out by rock and pop acts,…

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Stanley Jordan Plays Jimi

Monday, February 3 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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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Questions That Matter: Reporting the Middle East and The Future of Investigative Journalism

Tuesday, February 4 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $15

Veteran NPR journalists Hannah Allam & Leila Fadel, in conversation with Jennifer Derr Associate Professor of History at UCSC, discuss their careers in journalism in the Middle East and their current work on culture, diversity, race, and extremism in the United States.  Join the discussion and celebrate the launch of the new Center for Middle East and North Africa with an evening of consequential conversation about the region. The panel will consider these questions and more: What did journalists reporting…

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Jeff Denson – Romain Pilon – Brian Blade

Thursday, February 6 @ 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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Independently Produced Event

Sin Sisters Burlesque

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

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

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Patricia Barber

Monday, February 10 @ 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

Riders In The Sky with Carolyn Sills Combo

Tuesday, February 11 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: $30
Gold Circle: $40

40 years. It seemed to go by in a blur, pounding the road, seeing the world, raising babies and sending them to college, mowing lawns, romances, marriages, high school drama, endless airports, the nights at the Hollywood Bowl, the night at the Red Barn in Louisville dodging various barroom projectiles, frozen diesel lines, blast furnace desert heat, hours of practice, late nights and early mornings, and lots and lots and lots of laughter. 40 years ago. No laptops, no cellular…

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Wednesday, February 12 @ 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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Circles In The Round: A Clinic and Collective Conversation About All Things Drums

Wednesday, February 19 @ 7:30 PM
Free

This is not a drum clinic as you know it.  This is a conversation.  This is a gaggle of drum industry professionals gathered to discuss any and all things drums.  There will be drumming.  There will be talking.  There will be questions and god willing, answers.  There will not be pyrotechnics.(sadly) Featuring: Mike Dawson - editor of Modern Drummer Zack Olsen - drummer/educator Andy Zenzack - producer/engineer at Gadgetbox Jefferson Shallenberger - drum maker at Sugar Percussion More info: Zack…

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Kandace Springs

Thursday, February 20 @ 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 @ 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 @ 3:30 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 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $47.25
Door Ticket Price: $52.50

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

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David Sanborn – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, February 26 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $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 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42

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

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Dayna Stephens Liberty Trio with Harish Raghavan & Eric Harland

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

Dayna Stephens, Harish Raghavan and Eric Harland join together as the Liberty Trio, employing a wide range of textural colors with Stephens playing all four saxophones , Raghavan's command on acoustic/electric basses as well as Moog KeyBass, and 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 the common ground that we all stand on and can build…

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Independently Produced Event

Tom Paxton and The Don Juans

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

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

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March 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Regina Carter & Xavier Davis

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

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

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Roberto Fonseca – Yesun

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

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

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

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

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

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Melissa Aldana Visions Quartet

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

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

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Hiromi: Solo Piano – 7:00 PM

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

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

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Hiromi: Solo Piano – 9:00 PM

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

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

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The Manhattan Transfer – 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $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 @ 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 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $45.15
Door Ticket Price: $50.40

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

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Veronica Swift

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

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

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Altan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Fred Hersch

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

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

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Kuumbwa Jazz 45th Anniversary Celebration: Artemis

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

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

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Independently Produced Event

Holly Near

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

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

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May 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Independently Produced Event

Jim Lauderdale with Imogen Clark

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

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

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Special Event

Kuumbwa Jazz & Indexical Present: Moor Mother & Las Sucias

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

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

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