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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Marc Cary Focus Trio Present Rhodes Ahead; Thursday, March 5, 2015

Marc Cary Focus Trio Present Rhodes Ahead Thursday, March 5 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…[a] trek to the heart of jazz-funk futurism…” – The New York Times Raised in Washington D.C., Marc Cary has become known as one of the most original pianists in the New York scene. A player of eclectic tastes, Cary has a strong […]

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Laurie Antonioli: The Joni Mitchell Project; Monday, March 2, 2015

Laurie Antonioli: The Joni Mitchell Project Monday, March 2 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Singer Antonioli is a rare talent…” – Don Heckman, The International Review of Music Laurie Antonioli revisits an early influence with her recent recording, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light, an exploration of Joni Mitchell compositions. The project has been praised for Antonioli’s […]

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Stanley Jordan, Charnett Moffett, Jeff “Tain” Watts: Nettwork Trio; Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stanley Jordan, Charnett Moffett, Jeff “Tain” Watts: Nettwork Trio Thursday, February 26 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…something magical.” – Soultracks.com Three giants of jazz, guitarist Stanley Jordan, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, team-up for an evening of inspired music making. Jordan’s unique “touch technique” – an outgrowth of his classical piano background – […]

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Tim Jackson to Receive Eloise Pickard Smith Award for Support of the Arts

SANTA CRUZ -– The Santa Cruz County Arts Commission announces that Tim Jackson is to receive the prestigious Eloise Pickard Smith Award for his extraordinary and sustained level of commitment of time, leadership, and support of the arts; along with his lengthy history in promoting the cultural life of Santa Cruz County. Mr. Jackson will […]

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Kurt Elling; Monday, February 23, 2015

Kurt Elling Monday, February 23, 2015 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… the standout male vocalist of our time.” – The New York Times Kurt Elling is one of the most recognized and respected voices in jazz today, not bad for a former philosophy major. Since debuting on Blue Note Records over seventeen years ago, Elling has […]

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Christian McBride Trio; Friday, February 20, 2015

Christian McBride Trio Friday, February 20 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…throwback feel-good vibes…” – The New York Times Christian McBride is the premier bassist on today’s jazz and pop scene. He is seemingly without peer on his instrument and a first choice as collaborator for everyone from Sting and Billy Joel to Sonny Rollins and Pat Metheny. With […]

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