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February 2015

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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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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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band with the Santa Cruz Youth Orchestra

February 23 @ 9:30 AM

Every year the Symphony provides a set of free morning concerts for 4th and 5th graders at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Members of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony play alongside their professional counterparts, creating the largest philharmonic orchestra on the central coast of California. The event is presented in a highly accessible style, using elements of humor, movement, and audience participation. This year the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band will be sharing in the spotlight. Santa Cruz Symphony Youth Concerts at the Henry J. Mello…

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Kurt Elling

February 23 @ 7:00 PM

“… the standout male vocalist of our time.” – The New York Times Kurt Elling is one of the most recognized and respected voices in jazz today, not bad for a former college philosophy major. Since debuting on Blue Note Records over seventeen years ago, Elling has grown into an artist of renowned ability and critical acclaim. He has been voted Male Vocalist of the Year a record-setting 14 times by DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll. After nine previous Grammy nominations, he won the 2009…

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