Kuumbwa Celebrates @ the Rio Theatre



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March 13 – Acclaimed South African a cappella group Ladysmtih Black Mambazo

March 31 –  Indian Table Master: Zakir Hussain’s Celtic Connections

April 8 –  R&B vocal senstation and star of Twenty Steps from Stardom: Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

April 15 – Brazilian National treasure — Guitarist, singer, songwriter: Gilberto Gil Gilberto’s Samba


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Congratulations Grammy Winners

Congratulations to Billy Childs for winning the 2015 Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “New York Tendaberry” Billy Childs featuring Renee Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma. Track from: Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura NyroBilly performs tonight at Kuumbwa Jazz to a sold-out house.

Also receiving a Grammy was music film: 20 Feet From Stardom
with Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill

Lisa Fischer will be performing at the Rio Theatre on April 8, 2015. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday. Don’t miss this powerhouse Sting calls …”a freak of nature.”


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“… pure and uplifting…” – Paste magazine

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has an illustrious history going back five decades. Formed in the early ’60s, the South African a cappella group initially won so many singing competitions that they were no longer allowed to compete. Today, fifty years and fifty albums later, the group is dedicated to making sure that young South Africans don’t lose sight of isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography. They have been nominated for a stunning 13 Grammy Awards and won three, becoming a truly global phenomenon that has come to be synonymous with “world” music. Their new album, Always With Us, is a tribute to the late wife of leader Joseph Shabalala, family matriarch Nellie Shabalala, who passed in 2002. The CD contains recordings Nellie made with her church choir, to which the group added their soaring voices in tribute to Nellie’s life and memory.

Friday, March 13th
At the Rio Theatre
$45/Gold Circle Section  $30/General Admission  (admission tax and service charge additional)
(Gold Circle Section – First 10 rows)
No Comp Tix
Doors: 6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by Good Times / SantaCruz.com


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The Cookers on Kuumbwa’s 40th Anniversary

Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart of The Cookers share stories, memories and thoughts on the importance and spirit of Kuumbwa Jazz, celebrating 40 years of creativity in 2015.

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Kuumbwa named in 150 Top Jazz Rooms

Kuumbwa Jazz once again named one of the worlds top jazz venues by DownBeat Magazine.

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