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March 2015

Marc Cary Focus Trio present Rhodes Ahead

March 5 @ 7:00 PM

“…[a] trek to the heart of jazz-funk futurism…” – The New York Times Raised in Washington D.C., Marc Cary has become known as one of the most original pianists in the New York scene. A player of eclectic tastes, Cary has a strong post-bop foundation but has also explored Afro-Cuban rhythms, electronic groove music, and other directions with his various ensembles. Focus Trio, presents Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2, a brand new release featuring Cary on fender Rhodes, Sameer Gupta on drums…

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Steven Graves Band CD Release Show

March 6 @ 7:30 PM

Join Steven Graves and his band to celebrate the release of Mission Bell his fourth full length CD. Authentic, rootsy, organic, insightful and thoroughly engaging are some of the adjectives being used to describe the CD. Recorded mostly live with old school analogue gear, this record sounds like something that could have come right out of Mussel Shoals. Acoustic guitars, accordion, fiddle and mandolin are smoothly melded with electric guitar, raucous piano, and organ. Live acoustic tracks with soaring three part harmonies along with…

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Feed Me Jack // Souperfül – Club Kuumbwa

March 7 @ 9:00 PM

Doors at 9:00 PM $5 at the door All ages Making their Club Kuumbwa return, Feed Me Jack are a pathologically melodic indie-rock group, ala Grizzly Bear and Dr. Dog, presenting songs of deft harmony and sly catchiness.  Joining them is Souperfül, providing hooky beat-driven, hip hop-imbued party music. www.facebook.com/Feed-Me-Jack www.soundcloud.com/super-fool Anatolia by Feed Me Jack

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ San Jose Jazz Winterfest

March 8 @ 3:00 PM

San Pedro Square Market 87 South San Pedro Street, San Jose Free Admission Led by Director, Dillon Baiocchi and Ensemble Advisor, Eddie Mendenhall, the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians from Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas. Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, 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…

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Kendrick Scott Oracle

March 9 @ 7:00 PM

“…a musician with…a great imagination.” – Herbie Hancock A longtime band-mate of Terrence Blanchard and Kurt Elling, Kendrick Scott is regarded as a premier drummer of his generation and was named by The New York Times as being one of “five drummers whose time is now.” Scott introduced his band, Oracle, with the 2006 release of The Source and they are now celebrating their fourth album, 2013’s Conviction. Featuring Walter Smith III (saxophone), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Joe Sanders (bass) and Mike Moreno…

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Nir Felder Quartet

March 12 @ 7:00 PM

“…the next big jazz guitarist…” – NPR Although guitarist Nir Felder played in rock bands as a teen, he also spent hours studying jazz. Given his upbringing, it is just as easy to identify John Coltrane in his playing, as it is to hear Jimi Hendrix. A full scholarship to Berklee led to notable gigs with Esperanza Spalding and Terry Lynne Carrington (whose album on which Felder performed won a Grammy in 2013). His first album as a bandleader, Golden…

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

March 13 @ 7:30 PM

“… 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…

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Peter Rowan – solo

March 14 @ 7:30 PM

Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring. General Admission $25.00 (advance) Gold Circle $40.00 (advance) Tickets $4 more on day-of-show (Gold…

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Avery Sunshine

March 16 @ 7:00 PM

“…expect a dynamic performance…” – Essence With her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, singer-songwriter Avery Sunshine is clearly building a name for herself. With an earthy tone and sincere delivery, the stage is a second home to Sunshine, ever since appointed church choir director at the age of thirteen. Her sophomore album, Sunroom, presents what she refers to as “a simple ministry” of helping people connect to each other and to themselves through music. Sunshine’s music flickers with elements…

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Hills to Hollers featuring Barbara Higbie, Laurie Lewis, Linda Tillery

March 19 @ 7:00 PM

“… reminding us that America’s musical legacy is far deeper … than today’s pop charts.” – Napa Valley Register   Three masterful musicians, Barbara Higbie, Laurie Lewis and Linda Tillery, each a Bay Area treasure, combine their remarkable talents to delve deep into the rich musical traditions of the American South, from the hills to the hollers, from bluegrass to blues, embracing Appalachian and African American roots music in all its power, emotion, and beauty. On their album and in…

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