Events for Saturday, July 27 - Tuesday, August 20

Independently Produced Event

Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours Return to Santa Cruz!

Saturday, July 27 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $45

FULL BAND SHOW! Antsy McClain has been called "a songwriter's songwriter" who can "write about anything and make it fun." The Trailer Park Troubadours are a skilled bunch who don't take themselves too seriously. They'll have you laughing, dancing and pondering the good stuff of life.  Antsy McClain Website More info: thetroubs@unhitched.com

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Claudia Villela Quintet

Monday, July 29 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

“A Brazilian-born genius with a blistering voice" (JazzTimes), Rio-born Claudia Villela has developed a reputation as a singularly unique singer, pianist and composer, lending her five-octave voice to work with jazz luminaries including Kenny Werner, Michael Brecker and Toots Thielemans. Villela began singing professionally as a teen and eventually moved to the Bay Area. A […]

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Education Event

Master Class: John ‘JR’ Robinson – Making Your Time Come Alive

Wednesday, July 31 @ 7:00 PM
Free

Grammy winning drummer John ‘JR’ Robinson is celebrating 50 years of music making. Robinson’s world-renowned versatility and groove have made him one of the most prolific and sought-after drummers in the industry whose musicianship has helped define the pop, R&B, and jazz era for the last half century. No one will forget Robinson’s landmark fill […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

John ‘JR’ Robinson & SRT

Thursday, August 1 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $36.75
Door Ticket Price: $42.00
Student Ticket Price: $21.00

Grammy winning drummer John ‘JR’ Robinson is celebrating 50 years of music making. Robinson’s world-renowned versatility and groove have made him one of the most prolific and sought-after drummers in the industry whose musicianship has helped define the pop, R&B, and jazz era for the last half century. No one will forget Robinson’s landmark fill […]

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Independently Produced Event

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents: Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Wednesday, August 7 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $52.50

Gyedu Blay Ambolley is a musical luminary hailing from Ghana, West Africa, with a staggering 29 albums under his belt. Known affectionately as the "Simigwa Do Man,” Ambolley’s musical journey began in the vibrant port city of Sekondi-Takoradi, in the Western Region of Ghana. His early fascination with music blossomed into a lifelong passion. From […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Sean Mason Quartet

Friday, August 9 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

When Sean Mason speaks about music, you can hear the notes falling into place. The cadence of his ideas unfolds with deliberate tempo, each exploring and resolving tension like an inspired chord progression. On his debut album, The Southern Suite, he emerges as a guiding luminary, shining his introspective command as both a pianist and […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

John Pizzarelli Trio

Monday, August 12 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $52.50
Door Ticket Price: $57.75
Student Ticket Price: $29.00

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Delbert Anderson Quartet

Friday, August 16 @ 7:00 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $31.50
Door Ticket Price: $36.75
Student Ticket Price: $18.50

Delbert Anderson, a Diné jazz trumpet artist, composer, and educator, stands at the forefront of a vibrant Native American jazz scene. His work, deeply rooted in his Diné heritage, seamlessly integrates Navajo "spinning songs" of love, healing, and courtship with jazz and funk, thus marking him as a community-minded Indigenous individualist. Through his Delbert Anderson […]

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Independently Produced Event

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents: Son Little

Saturday, August 17 @ 7:30 PM
Advance Ticket Price: $44.10

Son Little, praised by American Songwriter as "one of the best songwriters working today,” conceived his latest album, Like Neptune, in a cabin overlooking the Delaware River in upstate New York. Trading in the existential dread permeating his previous work for unbridled joy and self-acceptance, Son Little transmutes the chronic pain of self-doubt into a […]

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Education Event

Master Class: Katie Thiroux – Melodic Walking Bass Lines

Tuesday, August 20 @ 7:00 PM
Free

In this class, jazz bass specialist Katie Thiroux will take you through some awesome tips for playing more interesting, melodic bass lines. If you're in a rut with your bass lines and playing the same thing every time, Melodic Walking Bass Lines is the class for you. Thiroux will take you through octave switching, along […]

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