Paul Contos Quintet – Thursday, November 3

Paul Contos Quintet

Thursday, November 3

½ Price Night for Students

“…involved in jazz performance and education for over 40 years.” –

An inspiration in the formation of Kuumbwa Jazz Center, educator/saxophonist Paul Contos has shared the stage with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, the Heath Brothers, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, and many others. Contos leads a quintet of “Young Lions” on the rise for a night of original and new music featuring Erik Telford (trumpet) and the powerful rhythm section of Milton Fletcher (piano), Dan Robbins (bass), and Jason Lewis (drums).

Most well known for his dedication to mentoring and teaching high-school to college age musicians from Monterey to San Francisco (and all points between) – many of whom have grown to develop professional careers – Contos is a fantastic performer and composer in his own right. He indeed has, for over 40 years now, performed nearly everywhere in both the Bay Area and beyond – between his work in teaching, workshops and directing – shared stages with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, and too many others to list. He has also recorded with Peter Erskine, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Alex Acuña, and many, many others. Most recently he held the chair of Artist in Residence for Kuumbwa Jazz Center 2010 – 2012).

Contos is supported by four fine players: Erik Telford (trumpet) was – from his teens – closely associated with the Monterey Jazz Festival. As a senior in high school, he became the first recipient of the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a full scholarship given by MJF to attend Berklee College of Music, graduating in 2001 with a degree in film scoring, and eventually performing as a leader or sideman with artists such as Joshua Redman, Jon Faddis, Wynton Marsalis, and Louie Bellson. Milton Fletcher (piano) having also attended and graduated from Berklee  (as a recipient of the fifth Jimmy Lyons Scholarship) is now in Christian Scott’s Quintet, appearing prominently on Scott’s Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (Concord, 2010). Dan Robbins’ (bass) exceptional musicianship is in constant demand throughout the Bay Area, and also as an instructor: both privately, for Monterey Jazz Festival, Kuumbwa Jazz Camp, and for the San Jose Jazz Society. Jason Lewis (drums) is a graduate of the SJSU Music Program, who teaches extensively and coaches at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. Lewis has played with musicians such as Gary Burton, John Stowell, James Moody, Regina Carter and Terry Disley.



Paul Contos Quintet

DATE: Thursday, November 3, 2011

PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center

ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

TIME: 7:00 PM

PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door; ½ Price Night for Students – tickets available at the door with valid I..D.

TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:

MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227


Media contact:

Sandy Sloan

Kuumbwa Jazz

(831) 427-2227


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