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March 2015

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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Andrea Gibson

March 20 @ 7:00 PM

Andrea Gibson is not gentle with her truths. It is this raw fearlessness that has led her to the forefront of the spoken word movement– the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam –Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative…

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Holly Near

March 21 @ 7:00 PM

Holly Near is performing at Kuumbwa with pianist John Bucchino and special guest, Emma’s Revolution. Consider bringing a friend to a concert, perhaps someone who has never heard music that speaks to peoples’ everyday lives with such clarity and beauty. Holly has a way of opening up hearts and inviting conversation, exploration, and transformation. And on top of that, she is funny. The show is delightful; the singing is rich with gorgeous harmony. The arrangements are a musical mix of piano, guitar,…

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René Marie’s Experiment in Truth Quartet

March 23 @ 7:00 PM

“…proves herself masterful…” – DownBeat A feisty, knowing jazz singer with an affinity for Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington, René Marie made people sit up and listen when she emerged on the scene fully formed in the late 1990s. Although considered a late-bloomer of sorts (beginning her professional singing career at 42) she made critics take note of her with her recent Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt,…

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Master Class Series – Ray Brown: An Introduction to Jazz Arranging

March 24 @ 7:00 PM

Free Event Composer, arranger, conductor, bandleader, trumpet player, and educator Ray Brown is about as versatile as they come. Having written music for Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Bill Watrous, San Francisco’s Full Faith and Credit, and his own Great Big Band, he is adept at writing compositions and arrangements from big bands to small groups to rhythm trios to vocals and string orchestras. In this workshop, Ray will cover the fundamentals of jazz arranging including instrument ranges, transpositions,…

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Anat Cohen Celebrando Brasil

March 25 @ 7:00 PM

“… soulful, ebullient…” – Seattle Times Anat Cohen’s enthusiastic performances bring new energy to the often neglected clarinet. Once the preferred instrument of swing era legends Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Woody Herman, the clarinet was superseded by the brassier saxophone as the reed instrument of choice once the bebop era took hold. In recent years, the influences of Brazilian choros and traditional klezmer music have re-introduced the clarinet to the jazz world with Anat leading the charge. A regular…

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Junior Brown

March 26 @ 9:00 PM

“…unbelievable…” – Guitar Player Magazine Straight from the “live music capital of the world” of Austin, Texas, Junior Brown has been wowing audiences the world over with his blistering guitar playing on his custom double-necked guitar, referred to as a ‘guit-steel.’ A country throwback to the era of Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, Brown contributes to the tradition with slyly comical contemporary songs with titles such as “The Phantom Of The Opry” and “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead.” A…

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

March 30 @ 7:00 PM

“… delicious, contrapuntal groove…” – JazzTimes Poncho Sanchez has been preaching the “gospel of the clave” for over three decades. In that time he has not only carried on the legacy of his mentor, the great Cal Tjader, but also expanded his repertoire to incorporate forays into classic soul and blues, all the while honoring the tradition of Afro-Cuban music. From pensive boleros to high-energy mambos and funky James Brown grooves, Poncho’s choice of rhythmic moods and material are both…

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

March 30 @ 9:00 PM

“… delicious, contrapuntal groove…” – JazzTimes Poncho Sanchez has been preaching the “gospel of the clave” for over three decades. In that time he has not only carried on the legacy of his mentor, the great Cal Tjader, but also expanded his repertoire to incorporate forays into classic soul and blues, all the while honoring the tradition of Afro-Cuban music. From pensive boleros to high-energy mambos and funky James Brown grooves, Poncho’s choice of rhythmic moods and material are both…

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Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections

March 31 @ 7:30 PM

“…peerless North Indian tabla player…” – The New York Times  Zakir Hussain – the foremost exponent of India’s tabla drumming tradition – plays to sellout audiences wherever he goes. The Grammy award-winning Hussain is revered in both classical Indian music and world music circles for his collaborations with a variety of influential musicians including George Harrison, John McLaughlin, Bela Fleck, Yo-Yo Ma, Mickey Hart, and Van Morrison. And now, with the groundbreaking 9-piece Celtic Connections – made up of master musicians…

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