Ray Brown “Jazz Hero”

Ray Brown “Jazz Hero” Presentation Kuumbwa Jazz Center (April 22, 2014, Santa Cruz, California)  For the past several years, the Jazz Journalists Association, an international group of media professionals working to advance the legacy of jazz music through journalistic endeavors, has honored local “Jazz Heroes” during the month of April – which is also Jazz [...]

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B-3 Obsession

Tuesday, 4 February 2014   | Rich Scheinin  | San Jose Mercury News It’s the sound of Jimmy Smith’s “The Sermon” and Santana’s “Soul Sacrifice” — the sound of the Hammond B-3 organ, powerful like a pipe organ. It’s as big as a casket, and weighing in at 425 pounds, it’s not easy to schlep around. “I’m [...]

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Soul legend Booker T. Jones as creative now as he’s ever been

Wednesday, 15 January 2014   | Wallace Baine  | Santa Cruz Sentinel He could have born anywhere, in Little Rock, in Charlotte, in Baltimore. But in the fall of 1944, Booker T. Jones was born in Memphis. And that fact of geography not only shaped his life, it deeply influenced American music as well. Today, Jones is [...]

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Jazz Notes, January/February 2014

Thank you to our 2013 Concert Sponsors Appenrodt Commercial Properties; Aptos Travel Clinic, Dr. Arthur Dover; Atack & Penrose, LLP; Barry Swenson Builder; Drew Miller Insurance Services, Inc.; Dunbar Productions; Erik’s DeliCafé; Jeff Farnsworth & Michelle Taylor; Gal Palz For Jazz; Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria; Harry Harington & Sharon Hale; Jazzabelles; JazzAlleyKats; Jazz Divas; Kuumbwa [...]

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Jesse Scheinin: Magical Mystery Tour

   Magical Mystery Tour Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:09 Nick Veronin | Good Times Weekly Santa Cruz native Jesse Scheinin aims to create expansive universe with jazz Jesse Scheinin doesn’t just want you to dig his music. He wants to swallow you up—to envelop you in wild sights and sweeping sounds. On the phone from [...]

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Randy Weston and Billy Harper

RANDY WESTON AND BILLY HARPER “The Roots of the Blues” (Sunnyside) New York Times – November 19, 2013   The pianist Randy Weston and the tenor saxophonist Billy Harper share an implicit understanding of jazz as both a spiritual art and a social act, worth taking seriously more for pragmatic than scholarly reasons (but those, [...]

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Jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, traveling man

By Andrew Gilbert | September 6, 2013 | San Jose Mercury News Dave Douglas takes his responsibilities as a jazz ambassador seriously. In celebrating his 50th birthday, the prolific trumpeter announced a plan to perform in all 50 states, a campaign promise that even well-heeled presidential candidates rarely fulfill. “It’s such a huge challenge,” Douglas [...]

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Jazz Notes, September/October 2013

JAZZ NOTES, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 Coming in January Kuumbwa Jazz will introduce a new improved online service for our members. You will be able to view and manage your tickets to concerts, your donations and much more. Stay tuned for more details on this easy and convenient new service! Sign-up to Audition for the 2013-14 Kuumbwa [...]

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Jazz Notes, July/August 2013

JAZZ NOTES, JULY/AUGUST 2013 The Jazz Kiln, Summer 2013 Back by popular demand! Kuumbwa Jazz is pleased to offer a second series of its six-week workshop on jazz improvisation. The Jazz Kiln is Kuumbwa’s newest education program and is designed to offer a safe place for musicians of all ages to explore their musical boundaries. [...]

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Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles comes to Bay Area

By Andrew Gilbert | August 9, 2013 | San Jose Mercury News Trumpeter Etienne Charles is taking jazz places it’s never been before. The first sound you hear on his audacious new album “Creole Soul” (Culture Shock Music) is the eerie cry of renowned Vodou priest Erol Josue. His Haitian Creole chant, or kweyol, transitions [...]

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