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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Chick Corea still going strong at 73

August 7, 2014 | Wallace Baine | Santa Cruz Sentinel With his latest band the Vigil, the great jazz master still chasing musical adventures At 73, it is inevitable that Chick Corea would be moving ever higher on the forever shifting list of Greatest Living Jazz Musicians. Of course, such a definitive list doesn’t exist, [...]

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One of Africa’s greatest living singers, Angelique Kidjo, pays homage to the female spirit in ‘Eve

June 11, 2014   | Wallace Bain | Santa Cruz Sentinel One of Africa’s greatest living singers pays homage to the female spirit in ‘Eve’ The name of Angelique Kidjo’s latest album is “Eve,” and that tells you a lot about the enormous vision of the most ambitious African recording artist alive today. On a personal [...]

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Crash Course

June 24, 2014   | Brian Palmer | Good Times New Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup gets a baptism by fire Change is inevitable, especially in bands. Members come and go—it simply comes with the territory. Hubby Jenkins—who plays the guitar, mandolin, banjo and bones for the Carolina Chocolate Drops—knows this all too well, as he joined [...]

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High Spirits

June 18, 2014| Brian Palmer | Good Times Angélique Kidjo is a legend in the world-music scene. The passionate singer and dancer has released a dozen albums, including this year’s Eve, won numerous international awards and honorary degrees, and had her music featured in mainstream films and TV shows. Her uplifting and empowering songs have [...]

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Angélique Kidjo interview on America.Aljazeera.com

June 7, 2014 5:00AM ET |  http://america.aljazeera.com Angélique Kidjo talks to Stephanie Sy The singer’s latest album, ‘Eve,’ is inspired by the suffering she’s seen on her continent, in Darfur’™s refugee camps. Angélique Kidjo performs Thursday, June 19 at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, California. Stephanie Sy: You were well educated as a child. How [...]

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