Gillian Harwin Lost ‘n Found CD Release Tour; Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gillian Harwin Lost ‘n Found CD Release Tour Thursday, July 3 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Gillian Harwin is a master of many trades. She is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, native Californian and longtime New Yorker, but above all else she is a performer. Influenced by the rock and R&B greats, she leans towards a gritty, yet [...]

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Carolina Chocolate Drops; Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Carolina Chocolate Drops Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center After meeting at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, the Carolina Chocolate Drops have been both enthralling audiences with their blend of strings, harmonies, original songs and historic melodies as well as bringing to light the contributions that the African American community brought to string [...]

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Human Feel featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Andrew D’Angelo and Jim Black; Monday, June 30, 2014

Human Feel featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Andrew D’Angelo and Jim Black Monday, June 30, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Founded in 1987 by drummer Jim Black and saxophonists Andrew D’Angelo and Chris Speed (joined by guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel in 1990), Human Feel balances delicate lyricism and sheer power, order and chaos, discipline and anarchy. In its early days, Human Feel became one of the pivotal bands [...]

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Thumbscrew with Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara; Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THUMBSCREW with Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Thumbscrew is the brainchild of freewheeling, cutting-edge improvisors Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, and Tomas Fujiwara. All together, this three-composer trio makes new music that is intriguing and accessible, blurring the boundaries of mainstream jazz, rock, and avant-garde. The three first [...]

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Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Monday, June 23, 2014

Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet Monday, June 23, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Trumpeter/composer/bandleader Ambrose Akinmusire brings his artistic vision to the next level with The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint, his second release for Blue Note Records. This album comes on the heels his major label debut, which the New York Times named one of the best albums [...]

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Angélique Kidjo; Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents Angélique Kidjo Thursday, June 19 At the Rio Theatre “Africa’s premiere diva.– Time Magazine A true transnational artist, Angélique Kidjo’s African roots shine brightly throughout her music. Heavily influenced by South African legend Miriam Makeba, Kidjo also absorbed the influences of the American popular artists from her youth, such as James Brown, [...]

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Billy Hart Quartet with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street;Monday, June 16, 2014

Billy Hart Quartet with Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street Monday, June 16 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… spontaneous musical conversation… beautifully crafted….” – The Guardian Billy Hart is one of the most recorded jazz drummers of the last five decades. He is a dynamic musician/composer whose career path has encompassed the R&B of Otis Redding [...]

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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet; Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet Thursday, June 12 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Gorgeous playing… highly inventive…” – JazzWa Wayne Wallace, a five-time Grammy nominee, is one of the leading performers in Latin jazz today. His accomplishments as a composer, trombonist, and educator, loom large on the Bay Area music scene and beyond. As a sideman, he [...]

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Jeff Ballard Trio featuring Lionel Loueke and Miguel Zenón; Monday, June 9, 2014

Jeff Ballard Trio featuring Lionel Loueke and Miguel Zenón Monday, June 9 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Raised in Santa Cruz, drummer Jeff Ballard’s expressive and dynamic style always enhances the music. From his earliest gigs with pianist Smith Dobson and music legend Ray Charles, to his long association with Chick Corea, and the co-op trio Fly [...]

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band; Saturday, June 7, 2014

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band Saturday, June 7 Kuumbwa Jazz Center For more than 30 years Poncho Sanchez has been preaching the “gospel of the clave” while fusing dance music to modern jazz with an effortlessness that masks the virtuosity underneath. The result? The grooves get you moving while the solos dazzle. In that time, [...]

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