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January 2015

Robben Ford with the Ford Blues Band

January 26 @ 7:00 PM

SOLD OUT! “…tasteful fire…” – Los Angeles Times When blues guitar legend Robben Ford was encouraged by his record label to release a live album, he took their advice…sort of. Instead of releasing songs that had been recorded live at concerts, Ford went to Nashville, Tennessee and recorded his brand new release, aptly titled, A Day In Nashville. This spontaneous and in-the-moment record was recorded live and features his signature blend of blues, soul and rock tones, fine-tuned from his years playing with…

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Robben Ford with the Ford Blues Band

January 26 @ 9:00 PM

SOLD OUT! “…tasteful fire…” – Los Angeles Times When blues guitar legend Robben Ford was encouraged by his record label to release a live album, he took their advice…sort of. Instead of releasing songs that had been recorded live at concerts, Ford went to Nashville, Tennessee and recorded his brand new release, aptly titled, A Day In Nashville. This spontaneous and in-the-moment record was recorded live and features his signature blend of blues, soul and rock tones, fine-tuned from his years playing with Joni…

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Support Jazz Education! Dine at Shadowbrook

January 27 @ 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

For reservations call: (831) 475-1511 Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Gather your family and friends, make a date, and schedule your reservations to dine at the landmark Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola. Kuumbwa Jazz is happy once again to be part of Community Tuesdays, proceeds of which benefit our jazz education programs. The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, directed by Dillon Baiocchi, will hit the Rock Lounge Stage beginning at 6:00 pm. Shadowbrook will donate 1/3rd of the evening’s food and beverage…

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Making The Cosmos Local

January 27 @ 7:00 PM

Questions That Matter: Making the Cosmos Local. For millennia, people across the globe have searched the sky for answers. They have imagined and reimagined the cosmos, from an infinite and eternal backdrop full of other worlds, to a young Earth encircled by nearby planets and crystal spheres of stars. What is the relation between our lives here on Earth and the wider realm of nearby planets, distant stars, unfathomably faraway galaxies, and a potentially infinite universe—or swarm of universes? Where do…

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Albert Lee

January 29 @ 7:00 PM

“… a genuine guitar wizard…” – Earl Scruggs Albert Lee is accorded elite status among guitar aficionados and for good reason. During the ’60s, before becoming known for his recordings with American rock ‘n’ roll icons Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis, the British blues guitarist spent his ‘apprenticeship’ years performing in a number of English bands. Later work in the ’70s and ’80s with Jackson Browne, Emmy Lou Harris, and Eric Clapton cemented his reputation as a premier guitar-slinger. When not…

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Blame Sally

January 30 @ 7:30 PM

If you sense a slight incongruity in the title of Blame Sally’s Speeding Ticket and a Valentine, rest assured that it’s as purposeful as the life it describes is random. The album lifts its name from a line in the bridge of the hard- charging leadoff single, “Living Without You,” which describes a day, or maybe entire existence,that’s “sweet and sour at the same time/mink and a porcupine/speeding ticket and a valentine.” Clearly, this is a band that knows its…

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Youth Bank Cabaret 2015

January 31 @ 6:00 PM

Benefit for the Youth Resource Bank’s endowment for at-risk youth. NOT MY FAULT – a young rock group featuring singer Brooke O’Brien and teenaged musicians from the Aptos area. They will present a mix of originals penned by Brooke and covers.  Brooke has a style and message that is confident and compelling.  She has a way of calling the audience to attention. MARTY O’REILLY & the Old Soul Orchestra – a phenomenal hard-to-define group that bridges Americana, Blues, & Old…

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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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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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