Jan/Feb Concerts Announced

Kuumbwa Jazz is excited to open up our 2015 concert season with a world-class quality sound system upgrade to the venue. We will be closed the first few weeks in January, however, we think the wait will be worth it. Prepare yourselves for an amazing audio treat upon your next visit to Kuumbwa Jazz in 2015 as we celebrate 40 amazing years. Many thanks to our wonderful donors who contributed to this campaign keeping us the best sounding venue in the West! Check out our January/February concert schedule at: http://kuumbwajazz.org/calendar/2015-01/

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On Sale Now: Tommy Emmanuel

Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel returns to the Rio Theatre on February 8, 2015. Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. He sold out the Rio Theatre on his last visit to Santa Cruz. Don’t miss out! Tickets make great holiday gifts!

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Vote for Kuumbwa Jazz!

Vote for Kuumbwa Jazz in the JazzTimes Readers’ Poll 2014

Help us win best live jazz venue on the West Coast!

Vote in the JazzTimes Reader’s Poll for a chance to win a trip for two to the Portland Jazz Festival.

Voting ends Monday, November 24 at 5 pm EST. Thank you very much for your participation!

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Opens this Friday: Whiplash

Opens this Friday!
at The Nickelodeon Theatre, downtown Santa Cruz

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.

“Directing with a cool, steady hand that renounces shaky-cam the way Fletcher would denounce rock ‘n roll, and getting strong performances from his two leads, Chazelle provides a potent metaphor for artistic ambition as both a religion and an addiction.”
Time Magazine

“The film works, often wonderfully, as a remarkable visualization of jazz music – you feel it and breathe it, just like the musicians – and as a showcase for the two actors at its center.”Seattle Times

Price: $10.50 General Admission, $7.50 Seniors, $8.00 matinee, $6.50 Senior matinee
Starting Friday 11/14: Daily (2:00pm), (4:30), 7:00, 9:20 + Sat, Sun (11:30am)

More info: www.thenick.com

View Trailer: http://sonyclassics.com/whiplash/

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The Hottest Band in Latin Jazz


A Surprise GRAMMY has made the Pacific Mambo Orchestra the hottest thing in Latin Jazz. Read the entire article by clicking the LEARN MORE tab.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra makes their Santa Cruz debut, Saturday, November 8 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom. Free parking this night only!

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