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February 2015

Kurt Elling

February 23 @ 9:00 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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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band with the Santa Cruz Youth Orchestra

February 24 @ 9:30 AM

Every year the Symphony provides a set of free morning concerts for 4th and 5th graders at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville. 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…

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Nettwork Trio featuring Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff “Tain” Watts

February 26 @ 7:00 PM

“…something magical.” – Soultracks.com Three giants of jazz: guitarist Stanley Jordan, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts team-up for an evening of inspired music making. Jordan’s unique “touch technique” – an outgrowth of his classical piano background – conveys a broad orchestral palette far beyond that of conventional guitarists. Moffett is often lauded for his musical intuition and superb technical facility as a bassist of the highest caliber. Watts is instantly identifiable for his dynamic pyrotechnics and unique sound, one of the most influential drummers…

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Slaid Cleaves

February 27 @ 7:30 PM

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form.Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,” says Terri Hendrix. General Admission $25.00 (advance) Gold Circle $40.00 (advance) Tickets $4 more on day-of-show (Gold Circle Seating…

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March 2015

Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert

March 1 @ 2:00 PM

Bring your entire family to experience a fun and educational concert featuring special guest collaborations with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, the Kuumbwa Honors Jazz Band and award-winning Shakespearean actor Paul Whitworth. After the concert, children will be invited backstage to ‘Meet the Instruments’. At this year’s concert we will perform Prokofiev’s timeless favorite for children, Peter and the Wolf. Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Sunday, March 1st 2015 at 2:00pm

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

March 13 @ 7:30 PM

“… pure and uplifting…” – Paste magazine Ladysmith Black Mambazo has an illustrious history going back five decades. Formed in the early ’60s, the South African a cappella group initially won so many singing competitions that they were no longer allowed to compete. Today, fifty years and fifty albums later, the group is dedicated to making sure that young South Africans don’t lose sight of isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by…

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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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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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