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Events for May 11, 2014 through May 22, 2014

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May 2014

Cassandra Wilson “Blue Light to a New Dawn”

May 13 @ 7:00 PM

7:00 PM SOLD OUT! Click the blue Buy Tickets button to purchase 9:00 PM tickets. $32/Adv $37/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00pm No Comps Sponsored by Carolyn Hyatt and Joe Hyatt “… individuality and authenticity.” – London Jazz News Cassandra Wilson, widely considered the greatest singer of her generation, changed the way that people thought of jazz with her landmark album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn in 1993. Hailed for its adventurous forays outside the American Songbook, Wilson incorporated blues, country and folk…

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Cassandra Wilson “Blue Light to a New Dawn”

May 13 @ 9:00 PM

$32/Adv $37/Door Doors at 8:30pm No Comps Sponsored by Carolyn Hyatt and Joe Hyatt “… individuality and authenticity.” – London Jazz News Cassandra Wilson, widely considered the greatest singer of her generation, changed the way that people thought of jazz with her landmark album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn in 1993. Hailed for its adventurous forays outside the American Songbook, Wilson incorporated blues, country and folk into her work in a brand new way. The album earned her widespread critical acclaim, mainstream commercial success,…

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2014 Eddy Awards

May 14 @ 6:30 PM

Tickets: $25 Tickets available at: www.brownpapertickets.com More information: Santa Cruz Education Foundation The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to supporting students and great neighborhood public schools in Santa Cruz, CA. The Santa Cruz Education Foundation’s Eddy Awards provide an opportunity for the community to recognize the outstanding commitment made daily by the dedicated educators, staff and volunteers of Santa Cruz City Schools. Every year we recognize excellence in public education – our teachers, parent volunteers, educational programs,…

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Bajaba Showcase: LifeForcejazz

May 15 @ 7:30 PM

$15/Adv  $20/Door Advance Tickets at brownpapertickets.com Doors: 7:00 PM More info: (415) 860-9866 BAJABA is a nonprofit organization of San Francisco “Bay Area Jazz and Blues Artists” spearheaded by radio/television producer Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs. The purpose of BAJABA is to broaden recognition and aesthetic appreciation of music genres known as jazz/blues, by presenting and recording live showcases of artists performing the music and playing the recordings back on the radio. Lifeforcejazz is an ensemble of world-renowned jazz artists residing in…

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yMusic

May 16 @ 7:00 PM

$25/Advance $30/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00pm No Comps “…at the forefront of a rapidly changing performance culture” – New York Times Hailed by NPR as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a sextet of young performers equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music worlds.  A unique combination of assorted strings and woodwinds, this bold group of orchestrators focuses on contemporary songwriters and bands, such as indie rock…

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

May 17 @ 8:00 PM

At the Rio Theatre $50/Gold Circle Section, $35/General Admission GOLD CIRCLE SOLD OUT! Click the Blue Buy tickets button to purchase General Admission tickets. Doors: 7:00 PM Sponsored by Barry Swenson Builder Co-sponsored by KPIG 107.5 FM & Good Times Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable – coming from just two banjos and one voice – a mix of traditional and original songs and tunes.…

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Simple Dreams – A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt

May 18 @ 7:00 PM

$18/Advance $21/Door Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com Doors: 6:30 PM More info: 831-419-5309 A group of talented musicians have formed a band calling themselves Simple Dreams for an evening featuring the songs of Linda Ronstadt.  With a focus on the folk/rock songs recorded in the 1970s and early 1980s, this will be an evening to celebrate Linda Ronstadt’s early musical hits.  With Donna Seda on lead vocals, Jeff Ebbage on lead guitar, Eric Gilmore on bass, Valerie Joi Fiddmont on keys, Kevin DiNoto on drums, Anne…

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Jane Monheit – Hello Bluebird: Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland

May 19 @ 7:00 PM

$27/Adv $32/Door No Comps Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored by Gal Palz for Jazz “… supremely gifted singer…” – DownBeat “ I want to get away from the drama, and celebrate what we all loved about Judy…the immense joy she brought through song, and her innate understanding of jazz. She did so much more than break hearts…she put them together again…and that’s what we’re going to be about with this show!” states singer Jane Monheit.  An extraordinarily gifted…

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Master Class Series The New Standard: Vocalist Lori Rivera and Pianist Marshall Otwell

May 20 @ 7:00 PM

FREE Doors at 6:45 PM What makes a song a “Standard?” Where did the genre that we call “The Great American Songbook” come from? Singer Lori Rivera is well known for her vocal talents in jazz, a cappella, pop, and musical theatre. Marshall Otwell, a superb pianist who was a former sideman with Carmen MacRae, is also known as an experienced educator. Together, the duo will explore the beloved tunes we call “Standards” and explore how they stand the test…

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Middle Space Collective: Kurt Stockdale, Frank Buchanan, Reuben Rogers, Ulysses Owens, Jr.

May 22 @ 7:00 PM

Thursday, May 22, 7:00 PM $20/Adv $25/Door Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM “[Ulysses Owens Jr.]…one of the most talked-about drummer’s on the scene…” – All About Jazz The powerful musical amalgamation that is Middle Space Collective returns to Kuumbwa for an evening of funky grooves and rollicking swing, celebrating the release of their CD Paradigm Shift. Featuring composing duo Kurt Stockdale – saxophone and Frank Buchanan – guitar and backed by veteran rhythm section Reuben Rogers – bass…

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