Chester CT Thompson and Powerhouse; Thursday, November 10

Chester CT Thompson and Powerhouse Thursday, November 10 Kuumbwa Jazz “Earthy, energetic and exciting.” – Carlos Santana Original Tower of Power organist Chester Thompson started playing at the age of five and has gone on to lead a career that would be the envy of any sideman, including his lengthy stint with Tower of Power, seventeen years [...]

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California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio; Monday, November 10, 2014

California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio Monday, November 10, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…winning, energetic…” – Los Angeles Times Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the United States, the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio fuse together over forty years of combined playing experience. A blend of steel and nylon string guitars, the [...]

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra – Saturday, November 8 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents: Pacific Mambo Orchestra Saturday, November 8 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank Media Sponsors: Good Times and KUSP 88.9 FM “Grammy-winning Caribbean sound…” – The New York Times The Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20-piece big band dedicated to championing the classic mambo [...]

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Karrin Allyson Trio; Monday, November 3, 2014

Karrin Allyson Trio Monday, November 3, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…one of the jazz world’s finest.” – The Los Angeles Times Karrin Allyson sails through musical genres as easily as chameleons change colors. From the Great American songbook to Brazilian jazz melodies, pop music selections, and the innovations of American jazz composers Ellington, Coltrane, and [...]

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Eric Revis Quartet; Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eric Revis Quartet Thursday, October 30, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “[A] mix of familiarity and the unknown…” – DownBeat When you’ve been accompanying Branford Marsalis on bass for the better part of twenty years, you’re bound to become adept at facilitating a collective vision, but as a bandleader Eric Revis branches out with an improvisational touch and thematically [...]

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Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group; Monday, October 27, 2014

Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group Monday, October 27, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… an adventurous new ensemble” – International Review of Music IROM Saxophonist Dave Liebman’s career reaches back to the halcyon days of the late ’60s jazz/rock movement as a former member of Ten Wheel Drive. Like many saxophonists of his generation, Liebman was [...]

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Roberto Fonseca; Thursday, October 23, 2014

Roberto Fonseca Thursday, October 23, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…a real talent.” – NPR The most exciting star in today’s Cuban music scene, Roberto Fonseca won worldwide recognition when he replaced the late Rubén González as pianist with the famed Buena Vista Social Club. He ended up becoming the star of the show. An innovative and charismatic player, [...]

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Jacky Terrasson Trio; Monday, October 20, 2014

Jacky Terrasson Trio Monday, October 20, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Terrasson spins an impressionistic and nouveau vista…” – All About Jazz French-American pianist Jacky Terrasson came up through the venerable jazz school of Betty Carter, accompanying the iconic singer for many years. There’s no lack of variety in Terrasson’s approach to material, as he incorporates funk, soul and [...]

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Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron; Thursday, October 16, 2014

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints featuring Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron Thursday, October 16 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Their chemistry was a thing unto itself.” – The New York Times Sound Prints, co-led by Grammy-winning saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano and two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas, originally started as a tribute to the [...]

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Stanley Clarke Quartet; Monday, October 13, 2014

Stanley Clarke Quartet Monday, October 13, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… one of the greatest bassists…” – The Guardian Bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke’s new recording, The Stanley Clarke Band: UP, is scheduled for release September 30 on the Mack Avenue Records label. He considers UP to be the most energetic, fun, rhythmic and upbeat album [...]

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