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October 2013

The Claudia Quintet

October 10, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

$25/Adv $28/Door No Comps 1/2 PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “… dazzling and exhilarating…” – the jazzmann.com The Claudia Quintet led by drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, features the estimable talents of clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, accordionist/pianist Red Wierenga, bassist Chris Tordini, vibraphonist, Matt Moran; and on occasion, the addition of pianist Matt Mitchell. Together since 1997, the Claudia Quintet is a rarity in jazz: a long-standing ensemble. DownBeat describes them as “…a chamber band that…

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Alice Russell

October 11, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

Tickets: $25/Adv $28/Door Advance Tickets at inticketing.com Doors: 6:00 PM Presented by Pulse Productions Alice Russell is a natural, pure natural talent, a natural presence, a force of nature. Whether on a big stage with her 16 piece band, charming a crowd of 4000 into staying out dancing in the rain (as she did at the Montreal Jazz Festival) or rocking out an intimate club set with a stripped down 6 piece band, she’s a singer who demands attention. Unfazed…

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George Cole – Gypsy Jazz & Uptown Swing

October 12, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

General Admission $25.00 (advance) Gold Circle $35.00 (advance) Tickets $4 more on day-of-show (Gold Circle Seating is the first 3 rows center section; plus 2 aisle seats on each side.) Tickets available at www.snazzyproductions.com or 831-479-9421 Doors at 7:00 PM Presented by Snazzy Productions George Cole and his band of top-notch musicians are a national touring act based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Their outstanding, all acoustic, Gypsy-Jazz and Uptown Swing music will have your ears smiling and your…

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Paula West

October 14, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

$25/Adv $28/Door No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “…a swinging pop-jazz sophisticate in the tradition of Lena Horne and Carmen McRae” – New York Times
 With a particular dusky soulfulness, San Francisco jazz treasure Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Known and respected for her creative and distinct repertoire, West adds her own depth and drama to whichever song she chooses. Her affinity for Dylan and McCartney and other contemporary balladeers demonstrates…

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The Steve Lehman Trio featuring Matt Brewer and Damion Reid

October 17, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

  Thursday, October 17, 7:00 PM The Steve Lehman Trio featuring Matt Brewer and Damion Reid $20/Adv $23/Door ½ PRICE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “[…a] dazzling saxophonist…” – New York Times When described as “one of the transforming figures of early 21st century jazz,” (The Guardian UK), the bar gets set pretty high. Saxophonist Steve Lehman is delivering the goods, though. A native New Yorker, Lehman has a global fan-base, yet still receives accolades…

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John Medeski in Concert, Solo Piano

October 18, 2013 @ 7:30 PM

$20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:30 PM “…a stunningly original solo set…” – Chicago Tribune Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on being unpredictable. This is a trait that fans of his popular trio group, Medeski, Martin & Wood, have come to greatly admire about the powerhouse musician. His newest project is certainly a new venture for Medeski and his fans, but one that has been received with rapture. The solo piano album titled, A Different Time is filled…

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Steven Graves All-Star Band

October 20, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 20th 7:00 PM Steven Graves All-Star Band $12/Adv $15/Door Advance Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com Doors: 6:30 PM More info: 831-661-5451 CD Release show with world-class musicians including Dayan Kai, Tammi Brown, Keith Greeninger and more!  Tammi Brown opens the show! www.stevengravesmusic.com

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Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

October 21, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

$20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “transcends time and form” – JazzTimes It’s not everyday that a jazz record is inspired by a quilt, but the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama are not ordinary quilts, and the album Transcendence by Jaimeo Brown is not an ordinary jazz album. On Transcendence, the 34-year-old drummer has created an amalgam of modern jazz, southern black spirituals and Indian music. Often based around recorded samples of the celebrated Gee’s Bend Quilters…

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Steve Wilson ‘Opportunity Knocking’ CD Release Party

October 24, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

$12/Adv $15/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM 2013 Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Award for Best Local Musician A trombonist, vocalist, composer/arranger, and educator Steve Wilson covers all the bases as he cooks up a tasty musical smorgasbord of straight-ahead jazz, funk, Latin jazz, and Brazilian grooves. His brilliant trombone playing and vocals are ably supported by an ace rhythm section of Marshall Otwell on piano; Dan Robbins on bass; and Olaf Schiappicasse on drums. The trio is also…

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Annual Wine Tasting, Gourmet Dinner & Auction, “An Evening at the Moulin Rouge”

October 26, 2013 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Premier Sponsors, Merci Beaucoup! Miner Family Winery Law Offices of Atack & Penrose, LLP Below is but a small though enticing sampling of our silent and live auction items. All proceeds benefit Kuumbwa’s music education and concert program.  Á bientôt! Silent Auction Offering 1 One 1.5 liter Dunn Vineyards 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain This wine boasts significant complexity with an array of ripe blackberry, black stone fruit and dried blackcurrant flavors. The spicy bouquet showed masses of sweet cardamom, vanilla,…

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