Robben Ford with the Ford Blues Band; Monday, January 26, 2015

Robben Ford with the Ford Blues Band Monday, January 26 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Sponsored by Fine Art 360 “…tasteful fire…” – Los Angeles Times When blues guitar legend Robben Ford was encouraged by his record label to release a live album, he took their advice…sort of. Instead of releasing songs that had been recorded live at concerts, […]

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Smith Dobson Quartet featuring Ben Goldberg; Thurs. January 22, 2105

Smith Dobson Quartet featuring Ben Goldberg Thursday, January 22, 2015 Kuumbwa Jazz “…he represents a new generation.” – San Francisco Examiner The Dobson last name is a familiar one on the Kuumbwa stage. Growing up with his musician family, Smith Dobson has spent the past fifteen years involved in a myriad of different musical projects. Now a stalwart […]

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Brian Charette Trio; Monday, January 19, 2015

Brian Charette Trio Monday, January 19 Kuumbwa Jazz “…reliably burning…” – JazzTimes With Grammy nominations and a Hammond endorsement already to his name, organist Brian Charette has also just been named the winner of DownBeat Magazine Critic’s Poll in the “Rising Star: Organ” category. Cutting his teeth with rock and pop stars as Paul Simon and Cyndi Lauper, Charette released […]

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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 Music.com 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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