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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Danilo Brito; June 5, 2014

Danilo Brito Thursday, June 5 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Mandolinist Danilo Brito is important to the world of music both for his extraordinary musicianship, and for the unique musical and cultural tradition he promulgates through his work—the choro music of Brazil. His is the quintessential story of a child prodigy, born with talent and interest in [...]

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Oz Noy Trio with Oteil Burbridge & Keith Carlock; Monday, June 2, 2014

Oz Noy Trio with Oteil Burbidge & Keith Carlock Monday, June 2 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…[a] six-string daredevil.” – Guitar World Guitarist Oz Noy is a virtuoso who not only brings rock & blues inspired fireworks to the stage, but a jazz sensibility and astounding musicianship. Together with longtime Allman Brothers Band member Oteil Burbridge and Steely Dan and Sting [...]

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Ann Whittington Quintet; Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ann Whittington Quintet Thursday, May 29 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… a soulful singer and songwriter…” – Monterey Herald Ann Whittington never stops refining and redefining her musical vision. As a singer/songwriter, Ann’s warm and welcoming voice has been serenading Bay Area music fans for years with an ever-evolving style of storytelling through song. She always [...]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band; Wednesday, May 28, 2014

  (SANTA CRUZ, CA) – Come down and hear these talented young musicians perform their grand finale concert on the Kuumbwa stage on Wednesday, May 28. The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band features Santa Cruz County’s most gifted young jazz musicians, representing six area high schools and led by noted pianist and composer, Eddie Mendenhall, with [...]

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