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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Tigran Trio; Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tigran Trio Thursday, February 19 Kuumbwa Jazz 1/2 Price Night for Students “…[a] rich and deep artist…” – Chick Corea Pianist Tigran Hamasyan embarked on his musical journey at the age of three in his native Armenia. Quickly garnering momentum throughout European jazz festivals, Hamasyan won the prestigious 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute competition and has received accolades from […]

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra; Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra Tuesday, February 17 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Flamenco-influenced, multi-style guitarist…” – The Los Angeles Times Ottmar Liebert’s mix of Latin-influenced guitar playing – underscored by the creative interplay of his band, Luna Negra – has received five Grammy Award nominations over the past two decades, as well as a loyal following […]

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Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Vicente Archer & Bill Stewart; Monday, February 16, 2015

Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Vicente Archer & Bill Stewart Monday, February 16 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… genre-defying solos…” – Chicago Tribune Trumpeter Nicholas Payton refuses to be pigeonholed into any one style or description, no doubt due to the freewheeling influence of his native New Orleans. From traditional brass bands to contemporary hip-hop, Payton has collaborated […]

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Tuck & Patti: Valentine’s Day Concert; Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tuck & Patti: Valentine’s Day Concert Saturday, February 14 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Jazz and Dinner Packages Available “…extraordinary musicianship…” – JazzTimes Few musicians can emotionally connect with an audience as truly as Tuck and Patti. Together guitarist Tuck Andress and vocalist Patti Cathcart have been performing spellbinding duets since 1978. Partners on-stage and in life, Tuck and Patti often focus on […]

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Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet; Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet Thursday, February 12, 2015 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “An amazing guitarist…” – Pat Metheny Rez Abbasi voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in DownBeat’s 2013 Critics Poll, has created an impressive body of work with his brand new recording, Intents & Purposes. Through his Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet (RAAQ), Abbasi’s artistic alchemy transforms […]

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Billy Childs All-Star Quartet with Steve Wilson, Hans Glawischnig, Johnathan Blake; Monday, February 9, 2015

Billy Childs All-Star Quartet with Steve Wilson, Hans Glawischnig, Johnathan Blake Monday, February 9 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Supported in part by the Western Jazz Presenters Network, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts “…winding paths of chordal and rhythmic changes.” – Los Angeles Times As pianist, composer, and arranger, Billy […]

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