Windham Hill Solstice show returns to Bay Area

Windham Hill Solstice show returns to Bay Area December 15, 2014  |  Andrew Gilbert  | San Jose Mercury News Working out of a Silicon Valley garage, a visionary gives birth to a beautifully designed line of products, transforming the world while earning a passionate following. No, I’m not talking about Steve Jobs and Apple. At […]

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Profile: Dillon Baiocchi

Profile: Dillon Baiocchi “…we are striving to inspire personal expression and creativity through jazz education.” In a way, Dillon Baiocchi’s jazz journey has come full circle. The former Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band member now directs the band. “I started directing the Honor Band this past year,” he says. “It’s a privilege to be teaching the […]

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Jazz Notes – January/February 2015

Jazz Notes – January/February 2015 Thank You To Our 2014 Sponsors Anne Marie Sorcenelli, Realtor Sereno Group; Appendrodt Commercial Properties; Arthur S. Dover, MD: DTMH AptosTravelClinic.com; Barbara Beerstein and George Badger; Barry Swenson Builder; Carolyn Hyatt and Joe Hyatt; Daphne and Stuart Wells; Drew Miller, Digital Benefits Advisors; Erik’s DeliCafé; Gal Palz for Jazz; Gayle’s […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Receives NEA Grant to Support 40 Years of Creativity

|:||:| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |:||:| Kuumbwa Jazz Receives NEA Grant to Support 40 Years of Creativity [December 8, 2014, Santa Cruz, CA]— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Kuumbwa Jazz is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Kuumbwa Jazz is recommended for […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Receives $20,000 Grant from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kuumbwa Jazz Receives $20,000 Grant from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Santa Cruz, CA — (November 20, 2014) “Kuumbwa Jazz is very happy to have been awarded a one-year grant in the amount of $20,000 by Community Foundation Santa Cruz County,” Managing Director Bobbi Todaro said today. According to Ms. Todaro, the […]

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Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson November 10, 2014 | Scott MacClelland | Performing Arts Monterey Bay You can’t tell from speaking with Tim Jackson if his jazz career has ever faced a genuine crisis or taken a serious bump. On the contrary, the artistic director of the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa […]

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A Surprise Grammy has Made the Pacific Mambo Orchestra the Hottest Thing in Latin Jazz

October 28, 2014 | Wallace Baine | Santa Cruz Sentinel It was one of the happiest moments of Steffen Kuehn’s life and he doesn’t even remember it. Last January, in what ranks as one of the biggest surprises in the 56-year history of the Grammy Awards, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra – the Bay Area band […]

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Jazz Icon Dave Liebman Brings his Young Guns to Bay Area

October 21, 2014 | Andrew Gilbert | San Jose Mercury News As a young saxophonist coming up on the New York scene more than four decades ago, Dave Liebman absorbed bandstand wisdom while working for oracular masters such as Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, lessons that were decidedly nonverbal. “In ‘Trane’s band I don’t think […]

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Jazz Notes: Nov/Dec 2014

JAZZ NOTES: Kuumbwa Jazz Goes Green   After months of changing out light bulbs, meeting with county officials, reducing the amount of plastic used in the venue (now featuring icebox water), and more, Kuumbwa Jazz with a grant from the Community Foundation of SCC has received the official Go Green! Certificate from Santa Cruz County. Leading […]

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B-3 master Wil Blades takes new direction

September 8, 2014 | Richard Scheinin | San Jose Mercury News Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades grew up in a middle-class Chicago suburb. He’s only 34, but plays — and has played for a good decade now — as if he’d hatched straight from the urban soul-jazz scene of the 1960s. He’s what they used […]

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