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February 2015

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

February 5, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

“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, all the while perfecting his…

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Billy Childs All-Star Quartet

February 9, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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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Tuck & Patti

February 14, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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, 2015 @ 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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