INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY: CELEBRATE WITH AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE!
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 and 9:00 PM
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter & Ambrose Akinmusire
After opening their nation-wide tour with two sold-out performances at Kuumbwa Jazz, this super group of jazz musicians, return to close out their spectacular tour, complete with new material developed on the road. Don’t miss this encore performance of the 55th anniversary of the Monterey Jazz Festival featuring sensational vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Benny Green, bassist/musical director Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash. Says Ms. Bridgewater, “All kinds of crazy things happen here…it’s Kuumbwa.”
Our friends at Pacific Harbor Travel invite you on a unique 12 day visit to Cuba, May 6 – May 17, 2013. This is an opportunity to explore the rich heritage, culture and peoples of Cuba. Highlights of the trip include Santiago de Cuba, renowned for its Afro-Caribbean musical heritage, Trinidad, a perfectly preserved mid-19th century sugar town with an exciting live music scene, Cienfuegos with its elegance, enlightened French spirit and feisty Caribbean panache, and Havana, experiencing music schools, the eco village of Las Terrazas, the area of Alamar with its organic farming community, the home of Ernest Hemingway and his hangouts, and of course music, music, music. The all-inclusive cost, based on double occupancy is only $4850.00 per person. Please click on the link for your full itinerary. To book this trip of a lifetime and learn more, please contact Linda at Pacific Harbor Travel at 831.427.5000 or email Linda@PacificHarborTravel.com. This trip is arranged by Vaya Sojourns, under a license from the U.S. Treasury Dept. For complete itinerary and more details, please click Cuba Itinerary to download.
Alex Condotti – saxophone, Pacific Collegiate School;
Orgyen DeCosse-Graves – drums, Soquel High School;
Lucas Hahn – piano, Georgiana Bruce Kirby High School;
Derek Mather – guitar, AFE Home School;
Celine Miranda – vocals, Harbor High School;
Peter Tarantino – drums, Harbor High School;
Geneva Wilson – vocals, Harbor High School;
Jeremy Yanowitz – bass, San Lorenzo Valley High School;
Directed by Steve Wilson
The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians representing Santa Cruz County. Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory and improvisation, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The Honor Band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events, ending each school year with a concert at Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band offers young musicians a place to expand their horizons. Whether the student’s path is toward a career in the music industry or just finding a place to expand their sense of creativity and personal expression, this program has a profound influence on all those who are accepted. For nearly two decades, Kuumbwa Jazz has been providing this unique opportunity to hardworking, talented, and deserving young musicians. Jazz Education is key to our mission and could not continue without the support of our community.
During the month of October, our friends at Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room will donate 10% of all sales every Monday night between 4:30 – 10 pm to support Kuumbwa’s concert and education programs. Plan your easy island getaway with family and friends where you will experience the Aloha spirit. Located down the street from Kuumbwa at 221 Cathcart St (between Cedar and Pacific Ave). Stop by before or after a Monday night concert! Thank you to Hula’s! The Aloha spirit is alive in Santa Cruz.
Friday, November 30, 8:00 PM
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
At the Rio Theatre
Doors: 7:00 PM
Punch Brothers are the New York City-based quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. Their new album Who’s Feeling Young Now?, produced and engineered by Jacquire King, contains some of the most exhilaratingly direct, sonically daring performances the group has ever recorded. Already, Vanity Fair has hailed the album as “their most expressive work yet as an ensemble — sophisticated, pop-y, kinetic and profound, all at once.” The New Yorker calls it ”a mystical alchemy of old-time music and contemporary sensibilities” As the five members, ranging in age from their mid-20′s to mid-30′s, have matured together on the road and in the studio, their approach to writing and performing has, conversely, become looser, simpler, and, in a sense, more unaffectedly youthful. In fact, the title song on the new disc—featuring rumbling bass, skittering violin, and wailing multi-tracked vocals—sounds like hard-charging string-band punk rock.
The group, as virtuosic as it is freewheeling, evolved out of a 2007 collaboration on Thile’s string-band suite, The Blind Leading the Blind, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in a series curated by composer John Adams. Its debut disc for Nonesuch Records, Punch, was released in 2008, followed by the Jon Brion-produced Antifogmatic (2010). The five members each have impressive resumes within the progressive string-band scene and are regularly sought-after as guest stars and session players. Punch Brothers are currently featured on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games and the Chieftains’ 50th Anniversary disc, Voice Of Ages. As guitarist Eldridge notes, “Every little side project we’ve done has helped us come back to Punch Brothers with new ideas and new energy and a new sense of confidence, a righteous need to create stuff.” -Michael Hill
The Milk Carton Kids are described by The New York Times as, “A sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers, with occasional acoustic prestidigitation.”