Jazz Divas Celebrate!

Group concert sponsors, Jazz Divas, enjoy dinner on the patio before their sold out sponsored concert featuring Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort. To find out how you can experience a special night as a concert sponsor visit: http://kuumbwajazz.org/donate-now-2/concert-sponsorship/

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Jazz Hero – Ray Brown

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is an international group of media professionals working to advance the legacy of jazz music through journalistic endeavors. Each year the JJA awards dozens of “Jazz Heroes” nationwide during the Month of April – Jazz Appreciation Month. Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, and altruists who have had a significant impact on Jazz in their local community. Kuumbwa Jazz nominated educator Ray Brown as our local Jazz Hero. Ray was presented with his award prior to the sold out performance of Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort, Monday, April 21st. Click on photo for more details on the award.

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

KJ Honor Band and SC Ballet Collaborate!

Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert

Two performances: 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Cabrillo Crocker Theater

The Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents their annual mixed-repertory concert features the long-awaited revival of Philip Jerry’s poignant “Our Town”. This show is a premiere by our own award-winning resident choreographer Robert Kelley, a commissioned piece by guest choreographer Ilana Goldman, plus the classically beautiful Entrance of the Shades from “La Bayadere”. The show also features a special collaboration with Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band!

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians led by noted pianist and composer, Eddie Mendenhall, with assistance from tenor saxophonist, Dillon Baiocchi. Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking.

Ticket prices range from $12 to $24. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.

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Thanks to the High Notes!

Thanks to the High Notes for sponsoring last night’s sold-out Hugh Masekela show! If you’re interested in sponsoring a Kuumbwa concert, you can find more info by clicking the Learn More link.

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