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February 2015

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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Carolyn Sills Combo // Sherry Austin & Henhouse

February 15 @ 7:30 PM

With The Carolyn Sills Combo’s debut disc, fans of ‘proper country’ have some new heroes,” says Country Music People Magazine. A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music. Fans of classic country, blues and western swing from the 40s/50s are falling in love with the band’s original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist…

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Nicholas Payton Trio Featuring Vincente Archer & Bill Stewart

February 16 @ 7:00 PM

“… genre-defying solos…” – Chicago Tribune Trumpeter Nicholas Payton refuses to be pigeonholed into any one style or description, no doubt due to the freewheeling influence of his native New Orleans. From traditional brass bands to contemporary hip-hop, Payton has collaborated with a broad range of stylistically diverse artists, all of whom have benefitted from his distinctive sound, including Chucho Valdes, Trey Anastasio, Elvin Jones, Jill Scott, and Doc Cheatham (with whom he won a Grammy award). Now, teamed with stellar trio-mates Vicente Archer on…

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

February 17 @ 7:00 PM

“Flamenco-influenced, multi-style guitarist…” – The Los Angeles Times Ottmar Liebert’s mix of Latin-influenced guitar playing – underscored by the creative interplay of his band, Luna Negra – has garnered five Grammy Award nominations over the past two decades, as well as a loyal following throughout the world. His thirty-eight Gold and Platinum recordings are a testament to the popularity of his self-described “nouveau flamenco,” an olio of flamenco, classical, rock, jazz, and ethnic music from around the globe. Liebert’s most recent recording, three-oh-five, is a…

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

February 17 @ 9:00 PM

“Flamenco-influenced, multi-style guitarist…” – The Los Angeles Times Ottmar Liebert’s mix of Latin-influenced guitar playing – underscored by the creative interplay of his band, Luna Negra – has garnered five Grammy Award nominations over the past two decades, as well as a loyal following throughout the world. His thirty-eight Gold and Platinum recordings are a testament to the popularity of his self-described “nouveau flamenco,” an olio of flamenco, classical, rock, jazz, and ethnic music from around the globe. Liebert’s most recent recording, three-oh-five, is a…

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Tigran Trio

February 19 @ 7:00 PM

“…[a] rich and deep artist…” – Chick Corea Pianist Tigran Hamasyan embarked on his musical journey at the age of three in his native Armenia. Quickly garnering momentum throughout European jazz festivals, Hamasyan won the prestigious 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute competition and has received accolades from Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, and other luminaries. Finding success as a bandleader and recording artist, 2013’s Shadow Theater was filled with atmospheric jazz improvisations, fused with the folkloric music of Armenia. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician,…

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Christian McBride Trio

February 20 @ 7:00 PM

“…throwback feel-good vibes…” – The New York Times Christian McBride is the premier bassist on today’s jazz and pop scene. He is simply without peer on his instrument and the first choice as collaborator for everyone from Sting and Billy Joel to Sonny Rollins and Pat Metheny. With pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., McBride has created an energized unit that is “powered from the ground up.” The trio’s 2013 release Out Here (Mack Avenue Records) blends classic jazz presentation with forward thinking movement. The…

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Christian McBride Trio

February 20 @ 9:00 PM

“…throwback feel-good vibes…” – The New York Times Christian McBride is the premier bassist on today’s jazz and pop scene. He is simply without peer on his instrument and the first choice as collaborator for everyone from Sting and Billy Joel to Sonny Rollins and Pat Metheny. With pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., McBride has created an energized unit that is “powered from the ground up.” The trio’s 2013 release Out Here (Mack Avenue Records) blends classic jazz presentation with forward thinking movement. The…

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Doug Carn West Coast Organ Band feat. the Tenor Titans

February 22 @ 7:00 PM

Four jazz virtuosos explore the unlimited possibilities of the Jazz Organ combo with two tenor saxophone voices! In a career dating back to the 1960s, piano and organ master, Doug Carn, has released eight solo albums and played alongside such artists as Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Horn, Melvin Van Peebles, Earth, Wind & Fire and Nat Adderley as well as appearing more recently on albums by Cindy Blackman and Wallace Roney. His early recordings on the Black Jazz label combined a…

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