Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band; Monday, March 30, 2015

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Monday, March 30 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… mesmerizing and elemental…” – Latin Jazznet.com Poncho Sanchez has been preaching the “gospel of the clave” for over three decades. In that time, he has not only carried on the legacy of his mentor, Cal Tjader, but expanded his ensemble’s repertoire to include […]

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Junior Brown; Thursday, March 26, 2015

Junior Brown Thursday, March 26 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…unbelievable…” – Guitar Player Magazine Straight from the “live music capital of the world” of Austin, Texas, Junior Brown has been wowing audiences the world over with his blistering guitar playing on his custom double-necked guitar, referred to as a ‘guit-steel.’ A country throwback to the era of Ernest Tubb […]

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Anat Cohen Celebrando Brasil; Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Anat Cohen Celebrando Brasil Wednesday, March 25 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… soulful, ebullient…” – Seattle Times Anat Cohen’s enthusiastic performances bring new energy to the often neglected clarinet. Once the preferred instrument of swing era legends Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman, the clarinet was superseded by the brassier saxophone as the reed instrument […]

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René Marie’s Experiment in Truth Quartet; Monday, March 23, 2015

René Marie’s Experiment in Truth Quartet Monday, March 23 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…proves herself masterful…” – DownBeat A feisty, knowing jazz singer with an affinity for Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington, René Marie made people sit up and listen when she emerged on the scene fully formed in the late 1990s. Although considered a late-bloomer of […]

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Hills to Hollers: Barbara Higbie, Laura Lewis, Linda Tillery; Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hills to Hollers: Barbara Higbie, Laura Lewis, Linda Tillery Thursday, March 19 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… reminding us that America’s musical legacy is far deeper … than today’s pop charts.” – Napa Valley Register   Three masterful musicians, Barbara Higbie, Laurie Lewis and Linda Tillery, each a Bay Area treasure, combine their remarkable talents to delve deep into the […]

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Artists in the Schools, Gault Elementary, February 19, 2015

Artists in the Schools Program Gault Elementary, Santa Cruz February 19, 2015 Gault Elementary School was “jazz central” on February 19th when Kuumbwa Jazz High School Honor Band Members performed a live jazz concert and accompanied a rousing sing-along to the song “I Got Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin. The participatory sing-a-long showed the […]

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Avery Sunshine; Monday, March 16, 2015

Avery Sunshine Monday, March 16 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…expect a dynamic performance…” – Essence With her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart lyrical content, singer-songwriter Avery Sunshine is building a name for herself. With an earthy tone and sincere delivery, the stage is a second home to Sunshine, ever since appointed church choir director at the age of thirteen. […]

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Friday, March 13, 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Friday, March 13 At the Rio Theatre “… rich harmonies…” – JazzTimes Ladysmith Black Mambazo – dubbed “South African Cultural Ambassadors to the World” by Nelson Mandela – has an illustrious history going back over five decades. The a capella group formed in the early ’60s and won so many singing competitions […]

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Nir Felder Quartet; Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nir Felder Quartet Thursday, March 12 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…the next big jazz guitarist…” – NPR Touted as “the next big jazz guitarist,” hailed by the New York Times as a “whiz kid,” and dubbed “incredible” by the Montreal Gazette, rising star Nir Felder has been making big waves in the New York City jazz […]

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Kendrick Scott Oracle; Thursday, March 9, 2015

Kendrick Scott Oracle Thursday, March 9 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…a musician with…a great imagination.” – Herbie Hancock A longtime band-mate of Terrence Blanchard and Kurt Elling, Kendrick Scott is regarded as a premier drummer of his generation and was named by The New York Times as being one of “five drummers whose time is now.” Scott introduced his […]

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