Pablo Menendez and Mezcla: Direct from Cuba; Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pablo Menendez and Mezcla: Direct from Cuba Thursday, October 2, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Funky…ebullient…hot!” – The New York Times Under the direction of guitarist Pablo Menendez, Mezcla has been a part of the soundtrack of the Cuban music scene for the past thirty years. With their roots in rumba and Yoruba rhythms, Mezcla will challenge your perception of Latin [...]

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The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart Monday, September 29, 2014

The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart Monday, September 29, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… no better working band in jazz…” – Andy Gilbert, Boston Globe The Cookers – the name comes from the title of Freddie Hubbard’s classic 1965 Blue Note recording, Night of the [...]

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Mark Turner Quartet; Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mark Turner Quartet Thursday, September 25, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…one of the most important players that has come along in the last 20 years.” – Ravi Coltrane Mark Turner is one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, renowned for his exploratory intellect and intimate expressivity on the full range of the tenor horn. Lathe of [...]

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Mainswing: Vocal Jazz Quartet; Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mainswing: Vocal Jazz Quartet Thursday, September 18, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Mainswing has been amazing Bay Area audiences with their vocal magic since the ’80s. Performing original music and inventive vocal arrangements of standards drawn from the full spectrum of jazz, the ensemble taps into swing, Afro-Cuban, funk, and Brazilian grooves with ease and aplomb. [...]

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Larry Carlton; Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Larry Carlton Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…a virtuoso guitarist…” – The New York Times Larry Carlton has been one of the world’s top session guitarists for decades, having played with Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand, The Crusaders and countless more. Known for his trademark instrument, the Gibson 335, Carlton is capable [...]

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Eliane Elias; Monday, September 15, 2014

Eliane Elias Monday, September 15, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… an artist beyond category.” – Jazziz magazine Eliane Elias never stops looking for ways to fashion her Brazilian roots into new avenues of expression to entice the ear. Since her appearance on the North American music scene as part of Mike Mainieri’s Steps Ahead, Elias [...]

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Wil Blades; Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wil Blades Thursday, September 11, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center ½ Price Night for Students “…the future to carry on the legend, the legacy…of the B3.” – Dr. Lonnie Smith The Hammond B3 organ enthralls with its liquid swoops, soulful vibrato and gospel overtones, and Wil Blades is carrying the torch of this bold instrument into the next generation. [...]

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Airto Moreira & Eyedentity; Monday, September 8, 2014

Airto Moreira & Eyedentity Monday, September 8, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Bucking tradition every step of the way…” – DRUM! Magazine Brazilian percussion mastermind Airto Moreira has made a mark on improvised music from jazz and Brazilian to fusion and beyond. His arrival on the New York City jazz scene in the late 60s resulted in DownBeat Magazine [...]

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Harvey Wainapel & Amigos Brasileiros; Thursday, September 4, 2014

Harvey Wainapel & Amigos Brasileiros Thursday, September 4 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… pure toned saxophonist…” — The Guardian Reedman Harvey Wainapel’s long love affair with Brazilian music has been unwavering. He has performed extensively with Airto Moreira & Flora Purim, Jovino Santos Neto, Guinga, and Claudia Villela among many others. Wainapel has explored the length and breadth of [...]

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Allan Holdsworth Trio featuring Jimmy Haslip and Virgil Donati; Thursday, August 28, 2014

Allan Holdsworth Trio featuring Jimmy Haslip and Virgil Donati Thursday, August 28, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…frighteningly original and unique…” – Guitar Player Widely regarded by fans and musicians alike as one of the 20th century’s most prominent guitarists, Allan Holdsworth is one of a handful of musicians who has consistently proven himself as an innovator in both [...]

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