Mandolinist merges Brazilian past and present

By Angela Zonunpari | Sunday, May 25, 2014 | The Post and Courier When Brazilian mandolinist Danilo Brito recorded his first album in 1998, he wasn’t sure whether he would have a future as a professional musician. After all, not many 13-year-olds know what they want to do when they grow up. Even at that [...]

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn share love for the banjo and passion to innovate

May 13, 2014   | Wallace Baine  | Santa Cruz Sentinel When: Saturday, 8 p.m. Where: The Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz Tickets: $35 general; $50 Gold Circle Details: kuumbwajazz.org. Undoubtedly, the banjo would be a more obscure instrument without Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. The husband/wife pair haven’t made many waves yet as [...]

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Review: Branford Marsalis Quartet delivers knockout punch

March 29, 2014   | Richard Scheinen | Mercury News SANTA CRUZ — As the Branford Marsalis Quartet opened its late show Monday at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, drummer Justin Faulkner jabbed like a boxer. Hook. Uppercut. Jab, jab, jab. The band’s music was raw and rumbling, almost violent — but played with such scarifying control [...]

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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

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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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