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February 2015

Eric Harland Voyager with Walter Smith III, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan

February 2 @ 7:00 PM

“…a supremely gifted communicator…” – All About Jazz One of the most in demand drummers of his generation, Houston-born Eric Harland has performed with jazz legends like Betty Carter, Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner. He has been a member of the SFJAZZ Collective since 2006, and most recently journeyed out west as the 2014 Artist-in-Residence for the Monterey Jazz Festival. In DownBeat’s 65th Annual Readers Poll, Harland was included in the short list of top drummers, in the company of masters like Roy Haynes…

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Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

February 5 @ 7:00 PM

“A big, fierce sound…” – National Public Radio (NPR) Melissa Aldana, the daughter of famed Chilean saxophonist Marcos Aldana, learned well from her father. Heavily influenced by Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, and Mark Turner, Aldana has performed with a parade of top-notch jazz artists: George Coleman, Greg Osby, Christian McBride, and Jeff “Tain” Waits, among others. Melissa is the first South American and first female to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Aldana’s Crash Trio features her critically acclaimed bandmates Pablo…

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Singers Showcase

February 6 @ 7:00 PM

Sample some of the best singers in our region: Lori Rivera, Heather Houston, Gail Swain and the winners of the regional acappella Harmony Sweepstakes: Prime Time. This is your chance to snap up their new recordings or help fund production on the next one. Short opening sets from the Bear Hugs (Claire & Jerry Paul) and songwriters Galen Brandt & Carol Valentine. Variety of music from cabaret showtunes to jazz, blues and rock. The third half of the evening will…

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LIBERACE

February 7 @ 8:00 PM

Jon Mark Hurley, member of Actors’ Equity teams with Susan Stuart, Cabrillo College Theatre Arts, and artistic director at Our Public Theatre to present a one-man extravaganza based on the brilliant career of Wladziu Valentino Liberace, otherwise known as LIBERACE. Written by Brent Hazelton and produced in cooperation with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre gave its premiere in Liberace’s home town, in the 2010-11 season to great acclaim. This funny yet tender journey…

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LIBERACE

February 8 @ 2:00 PM

Jon Mark Hurley, member of Actors’ Equity teams with Susan Stuart, Cabrillo College Theatre Arts, and artistic director at Our Public Theatre to present a one-man extravaganza based on the brilliant career of Wladziu Valentino Liberace, otherwise known as LIBERACE. Written by Brent Hazelton and produced in cooperation with the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre gave its premiere in Liberace’s home town, in the 2010-11 season to great acclaim. This funny yet tender journey…

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Tommy Emmanuel

February 8 @ 7:30 PM

CLIVE CARROLL OPENS THE SHOW “Emmanuel dazzles” – Guitar Player Magazine Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected guitarists. The legendary fingerpicker has a professional career that spans nearly five decades around the globe. Beginning his six-string tutelage at the age of four, he was touring professionally by the time he was ten, and was dubbed with the honorary title “Certified Guitar Player” by Chet Atkins. He has gone on to win two Grammys and release over twenty albums and instructional DVDs,…

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Billy Childs All-Star Quartet

February 9 @ 7:00 PM

“…winding paths of chordal and rhythmic changes.” – Los Angeles Times As a pianist, composer, and arranger, Billy Childs has forged an impressive body of work over the past four decades, often drawing together the worlds of jazz and classical music. A three-time Grammy award-winner for his compositions and arrangements, Childs has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006) and was chosen for the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. His creative collaborations have encompassed a dynamic range of artists, from Yo-Yo…

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Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet

February 12 @ 7:00 PM

“An amazing guitarist…” – Pat Metheny Rez Abbasi, voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in DownBeat’s 2013 Critics Poll, has created an impressive body of work with his most recent recording, Intents & Purposes. Through his RAAQ project, Abbasi’s artistic alchemy transforms prime selections of the jazz-rock canon from amplified thunder into subtle, acoustically rendered gems. Fusion classics by Weather Report, Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, are given a whole new life with an “unplugged” treatment. RAAQ features Abassi on fretted…

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White Album Ensemble “Unplugged”

February 13 @ 8:00 PM

WAE productions present: A Valentine’s weekend concert, the White Album Ensemble “Unplugged”, our traditional Beatles love songs all on acoustic instruments. Selections will be included from the last 7 BEATLES albums including Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper’s, Magical Mystery Tour, The “White” Album, Let it Be, and Abbey Road; with an accent on beautiful melodies, acoustic guitars, grand piano, and rich vocal sounds. This is the period where the Beatles no longer performed “live’, as the music had so many…

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Tuck & Patti

February 14 @ 7:30 PM

“…extraordinary musicianship…” – JazzTimes Few musicians can emotionally connect with an audience as truly as Tuck and Patti. Together, guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart have been performing spellbinding duets since 1978. Partners on-stage and in life, Tuck and Patti often focus on songs of love, making for a particular fitting Valentine’s Day show that has become a beloved annual event at Kuumbwa. In Cathcart’s words, “our music is really suited to it, and it’s great to see the lovers get together…it’s become a tradition…

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