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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With Music Rooted in India and Black America, Red Baraat Gets You on Your Feet

With Music Rooted in India and Black America, Red Baraat Gets You on Your Feet By Jonathan Curiel | Jul 16, 2013 | KQED.ORG Photo by Wills Glasspiegal Al Gore was dancing. The Nobel laureate and former vice president — who still has a reputation for stiffness — was moving his feet like a Soul [...]

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Review: Pianist Benny Green delivers sheer jazz joy

Rich Schenin | San Jose Mercury News | June 25, 2013 Review: Pianist Benny Green delivers sheer jazz joy http://www.mercurynews.com/music/ci_23536087/review-pianist-benny-green-delivers-sheer-jazz-joy Art Blakey and Betty Carter knew what good is. They hired pianist Benny Green for their bands when he was practically still a kid, and he’s remained one of jazz’s most joyful players. On Monday [...]

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Catherine Russell: The One Singer You Need to Hear Now

by Joan K. Smith | Huffinton Post | May 20, 2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joan-k-smith/post_4750_b_3287673.html If you don’t know of singer Catherine Russell yet, you are missing out on a legend hiding in plain sight. With an astonishingly rich, multi-faceted voice that can swing, lilt, belt, and sweetly croon with equal ease, this gifted vocalist has long been [...]

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