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December 2019

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Chester Thompson Quartet

Monday, December 9, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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, 2019 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75

Advance ticket sales for this show have ended. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 8:30 PM 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…

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Independently Produced Event

Sin Sisters Burlesque

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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, 2019 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $29.40
Door Ticket Price: $34.65

Advance ticket sales for this show have ended. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 8:30 PM 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…

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $25
Door Ticket Price: $30

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, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing,…

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January 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Benny Green Trio

Monday, January 6 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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 & Soundscapes – Samuel Torjman Thomas & ASEFA

Thursday, January 9 @ 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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Independently Produced Event

AZA Celebrating the Amazigh New Year

Friday, January 10 @ 8:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20
Door Ticket Price: $25

AZA is kicking off the new year with a two hour performance of new music. AZA has been working and recording new songs for the last six months.  It is time for us to share all of it with you. AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZAs stirring performances feature deep, danceable…

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Independently Produced Event

Sin Sisters Burlesque: Disney Show

Saturday, January 11 @ 8:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $20 - $40

Sin Sisters Burlesque 5th annual Disney show returns with an ALL Sin Sisters lineup!  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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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Jeremy Pelt Quintet

Monday, January 13 @ 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 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $26.25
Door Ticket Price: $31.50

In this pairing, guitarist Terrence Brewer and vocalist Pamela Rose 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 – Remembering…

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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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Independently Produced Event

Racial Reconciliation and the Future of Race in America

Wednesday, January 22 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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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Independently Produced Event

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: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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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Independently Produced Event

Adam Bolaños Scow for Congress: Claudia Villela & Eva Scow Quartet

Friday, January 31 @ 8:00 PM
Door Ticket Price: $25 – Suggested Donation

Get fired up for the March 3rd election!  Join the community benefit for Adam Bolaños Scow for Congress the week before absentee ballots arrive and just over a month to Election Day. The evening features vocalist Claudia Villela, the Eva Scow Quartet, and Adam. Claudia Villela is described by Jazz Times as a “Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice.” Having performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival and other prestigious international festivals, her glorious five-octave instrument is one of the wonders…

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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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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

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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Independently Produced Event

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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Independently Produced Event

Design Thinking: Santa Cruz Works New Tech

Wednesday, February 5 @ 6:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $15 - $35

This event primarily focuses on Design Thinking. Learn how companies and cities apply this methodology to solving complex problems with new products, architecture, housing, and community economic vitality. The Community Presentation is by Sibley Simon, ED of New Way Homes.  Sibley’s mission is to use design thinking to create a major new part of the housing development industry that is needed to solve California’s housing crisis. Next, a panel discussion with David and Dean, moderated by Doug Erickson; audience Q&A as…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

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: Sold Out
Gold Circle: Sold Out

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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Independently Produced Event

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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Independently Produced Event

White Album Ensemble Unplugged – Saturday

Saturday, February 15 @ 8:00 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $35

WAE Productions present a Valentine’s weekend concert: The White Album Ensemble “Unplugged.”  Traditional Beatles love songs, all on acoustic instruments, such as Kuumbwa's lovely Yamaha grand piano, which has been played by Herbie Hancock, Mose Allison, and so many greats.  Selections will be included from the last seven Beatles albums: Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, The “White” Album, Let it Be, and Abbey Road; with an accent on beautiful melodies, acoustic guitars, grand piano, and rich vocal…

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Independently Produced Event

White Album Ensemble Unplugged – Sunday

Sunday, February 16 @ 8:00 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $35

WAE Productions present a Valentine’s weekend concert: The White Album Ensemble “Unplugged.”  Traditional Beatles love songs, all on acoustic instruments, such as Kuumbwa's lovely Yamaha grand piano, which has been played by Herbie Hancock, Mose Allison, and so many greats.  Selections will be included from the last seven Beatles albums: Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper's, Magical Mystery Tour, The “White” Album, Let it Be, and Abbey Road; with an accent on beautiful melodies, acoustic guitars, grand piano, and rich vocal…

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Independently Produced Event

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 DownBeat, 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 – 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 & Kweku Sumbry

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

Dayna Stephens, Harish Raghavan and Kweku Sumbry 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 Sumbry'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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Independently Produced Event

Skyness: Dan Costa Live in California

Saturday, February 29 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $45

Dan Costa will be making his first ever appearance in Santa Cruz at Kuumbwa Jazz Center; an opportunity to encounter the pianist’s strong interest in his Latin roots coupled with his passion for jazz. In January 2016, he recorded his debut album Suite Três Rios in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with musicians Jaques Morelenbaum’, Ricardo Silveira, Teco Cardoso, Rafael Barata, Marcos Suzano and Leila Pinheiro. It peaked at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart and Top 10 across all genres…

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March 2020

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Regina Carter & Xavier Davis

Monday, March 2 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: Sold Out
Door Ticket Price: Sold Out

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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Independently Produced Event

UCSC Grad Slam

Friday, March 6 @ 5:30 PM
Free

Grad Slam, also known as the 3-Minute Thesis Challenge, gives graduate students three minutes to share their research, concisely and compellingly, with a public audience. (Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT®, is a registered trademark of The University of Queensland.)  

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Independently Produced Event

Youth Bank Cabaret: Tammi Brown & Band with Youth Singers

Saturday, March 7 @ 7:00 PM
Regular General Admission: $25
Gold Circle: $50

The Youth Resource Bank's Cabaret 2020 fundraiser will showcase Tammi Brown & Band playing a rousing Soul and R&B set.  Tammi has shared stages with Maya Angelou, Joan Baez, George Benson, and many other great figures. She has toured the world with the legendary Sista Monica Parker's band and Linda Tillery's Grammy-nominated Cultural Heritage Choir from Oakland as a featured vocalist. The much-beloved, Grammy-nominated Tammi Brown has performed at famed venues like the Apollo Theater in Harlem and the Monterey…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

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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CANCELLED – Sin Sisters Burlesque

Saturday, March 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. Sin Sisters Facebook

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CANCELLED – Hiromi: Solo Piano – 7:00 PM

Monday, March 16 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Hiromi: Solo Piano – 9:00 PM

Monday, March 16 @ 9:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: N/A
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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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CANCELLED – The Manhattan Transfer – 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 19 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – The Manhattan Transfer – 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 19 @ 9:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Marty Williams Quartet: Long Time Comin’

Saturday, March 21 @ 7:30 PM

With Marty Williams making his home in Half Moon Bay, 60 miles north of Santa Cruz, Marty Williams & Friends have enthralled audiences throughout the Bay Area since the 1980s. Cafe Society owner and music producer, Harpo Marx, confided, "I'm concerned a whole new audience is going to discover Marty.  He's been our hidden treasure up in Half Moon Bay for decades.  People are in for a real treat." Mr. Williams will be joined by world-class jazz musicians Eric Swinderman on…

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CANCELLED – Paris Combo

Monday, March 23 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Veronica Swift

Thursday, March 26 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Altan

Friday, March 27 @ 7:30 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Painted Mandolin

Saturday, March 28 @ 8:00 PM

Painted Mandolin is Joe Craven, Larry Graff, Matt Hartle and Terry Shields.  Their playing is dynamic, their repertoire is inspiring.  This will be their only Kuumbwa show in 2020... With special opener Anthony Arya! Dont Miss It! More info:  The Wheel Company | info@thewheelcompany.com

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

Monday, March 30 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – 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: N/A
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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

CANCELLED – Russell Malone Quartet

Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00 PM
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Russell Malone is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists in contemporary jazz, with a number of acclaimed albums to his name. Malone is as well known for his own combos as he is for his longstanding participation in Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio and his work with Sonny Rollins and Dianne Reeves, who recruited Malone for his singular tone and limitless skill and imagination. A master of all tempos and a relentless swinger, Malone spins his musical stories – ranging…

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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
Regular General Admission: N/A
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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

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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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POSTPONED – Jim Lauderdale with Imogen Clark

Wednesday, May 13 @ 7:30 PM
Regular General Admission: N/A
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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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POSTPONED – The Sam Chase (solo) with Jeffrey Halford

Sunday, May 17 @ 7:30 PM
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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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CANCELLED – Logan Richardson’s Blues People

Thursday, May 28 @ 7:00 PM
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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 and will be moderated by Zack Olsen. Ulysses Owens Jr. Website  Co-Sponsors: .embed-container { position: relative;…

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June 2020

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CANCELLED – David Murray & Kahil El’Zabar

Monday, June 1 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – 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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CANCELLED – Cimafunk

Monday, June 8 @ 7:00 PM

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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CANCELLED – Ben Williams Band

Wednesday, June 10 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – 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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CANCELLED – A Christian McBride Situation – 7:00 PM

Thursday, June 18 @ 7:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – A Christian McBride Situation – 9:00 PM

Thursday, June 18 @ 9:00 PM
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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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CANCELLED – John Scofield & Dave Holland Duo – 7:00 PM

Saturday, June 20 @ 7:00 PM

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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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

CANCELLED – John Scofield & Dave Holland Duo – 9:00 PM

Saturday, June 20 @ 9:00 PM

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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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

CANCELLED – Summer Jazz Camp Concert

Thursday, June 25 @ 7:00 PM
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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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POSTPONED – David Lindley

Friday, June 26 @ 7:30 PM

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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CANCELLED – The Hot Club of San Francisco

Monday, June 29 @ 7:00 PM
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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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