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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Tommy Emmanuel; Sunday, February 8, 2015

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents: Tommy Emmanuel Sunday, February 8 at the Rio Theatre “Emmanuel dazzles” – Guitar Player Magazine Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected guitarists. The legendary fingerpicker has a professional career that spans nearly five decades around the globe. Beginning his six-string tutelage at the age of four, he was touring professionally by the […]

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Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio; Thursday, February 5, 2015

Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio Thursday, February 5, 2015 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “A big, fierce sound…” – National Public Radio (NPR) Melissa Aldana, the daughter of famed Chilean saxophonist Marcos Aldana, learned well from her father. Heavily influenced by Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, and Mark Turner, Aldana has performed with a parade of top-notch jazz […]

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Eric Harland Voyager with Chris Turner, Walter Smith III, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan; Monday, February 2, 2015

Eric Harland Voyager with Chris Turner, Walter Smith III, Julian Lage, Taylor Eigsti, Harish Raghavan Monday, February 2, 2015 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…a supremely gifted communicator…” – All About Jazz One of the most in demand drummers of his generation, Houston-born Eric Harland has performed with jazz legends like Betty Carter, Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner. He has […]

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Albert Lee; Thursday, January 29, 2015

Albert Lee Thursday, January 29, 2015 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… a genuine guitar wizard – Earl Scruggs Albert Lee is accorded elite status among guitar aficionados, and for good reason. During the ’60s, before becoming known for his recordings with American rock ‘n’ roll icons Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis, the British blues guitarist […]

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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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