The Klezmatics; Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Klezmatics Saturday, December 20 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…one of the greatest klezmer groups in the world…” – NPR In the Yiddish language there are numerous expressions that vividly convey specific emotions and actions. One of these phrases is farshafn a sakh freyd un fargenign, which means “to give much joy and pleasure.” Longtime klezmer dignitaries The Klezmatics have […]

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The Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, Liz Story; Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration featuring Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, Liz Story Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… the sound of excellence.” – All The Windham Hill Winter Solstice Celebration has become an annual event at Kuumbwa, one filled with exuberant music making. This year’s featured artists include Grammy-awarding acoustic guitarist Will Ackerman; […]

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Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola; Monday, December 15, 2014

Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Monday, December 15 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…improvisers plying new genre-less waters…” – San Jose Mercury It’s become a December tradition, and by now, just about everyone knows that all those sounds are coming not from three musicians, but from the one and only Charlie Hunter. Pair the eight-string whiz up with […]

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

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 grant will advance […]

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Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks: Holidaze in Hicksville; Friday, December 12, 2014

Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks: Holidaze in Hicksville Friday, December 12 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Sponsored by Erik’s DeliCafé Co-sponsored by KPIG 107.5 FM “… musical virtuosity mixed with wit.” – The International Review of Music Dan Hicks, “The Walkin’ One and Only,” is back at Kuumbwa with The Hot Licks to deliver his special brand […]

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Bebel Gilberto; Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bebel Gilberto Thursday, December 11 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… the delicacy of bossa nova… the bass throb of club music.” – The New York Times Bebel Gilberto, the daughter of Brazilian music icons Joao and Miucha Gilberto, made her recording “debut” when she was only seven years old. Now a mature, world-renowned vocalist, with previous […]

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Steel House featuring Edward Simon, Scott Colley and Brian Blade; Monday, December 8, 2014

Steel House featuring Edward Simon, Scott Colley and Brian Blade Monday, December 8 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “[Blade] is widely acknowledged as one of the top drummers in jazz.” – DownBeat Three of jazz’s most well-known instrumentalists have constructed a new group called Steel House. Featuring Edward Simon on piano, Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums, each musician lays down a […]

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The Bad Plus; Friday, December 5, 2014

The Bad Plus Friday, December 5, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…somewhere between refreshing and downright awe-inspiring.” – CMJ Monthly The Bad Plus has a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits of what constitutes a jazz trio. Known for quirky originals and inspired takes on classic rock songs, their tenth album, Inevitable Western, continues the band’s commitment to what […]

Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz; Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz Thursday, December 4 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…immediately fresh and very personal.” – Jazz Times Vocalist Kate McGarry has the soul of a folk singer and the facility of a jazz instrumentalist. Built upon McGarry’s precise, sensitive vocals and guitarist Keith Ganz’s virtuosic ability, the duo explores the relationship of both the […]

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The Ivory Club Boys; Monday, December 1, 2014

The Ivory Club Boys Monday, December 1, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… high energy exuberance.” – The Jazz Rambler The Ivory Club Boys, an offshoot of The Hot Club of San Francisco, pay tribute to jazz violinist Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys of the mid-1930s. One of a handful of violinists to populate […]

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