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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The Bad Plus; Friday, December 5, 2014

The Bad Plus Friday, December 5, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…somewhere between refreshing and downright awe-inspiring.” – CMJ Monthly The Bad Plus has a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits of what constitutes a jazz trio. Known for quirky originals and inspired takes on classic rock songs, their tenth album, Inevitable Western, continues the band’s commitment to what […]

Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz; Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz Thursday, December 4 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…immediately fresh and very personal.” – Jazz Times Vocalist Kate McGarry has the soul of a folk singer and the facility of a jazz instrumentalist. Built upon McGarry’s precise, sensitive vocals and guitarist Keith Ganz’s virtuosic ability, the duo explores the relationship of both the […]

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The Ivory Club Boys; Monday, December 1, 2014

The Ivory Club Boys Monday, December 1, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… high energy exuberance.” – The Jazz Rambler The Ivory Club Boys, an offshoot of The Hot Club of San Francisco, pay tribute to jazz violinist Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys of the mid-1930s. One of a handful of violinists to populate […]

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Tammy Hall and Lisa Ferraro with special guest Houston Person; Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tammy Hall and Lisa Ferraro with special guest Houston Person Thursday, November 20, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… warm and persuasive and a listener’s delight.” – Marian McPartland, Piano Jazz NPR Ace pianist Tammy Hall, described by saxophone legend Houston Person as “one soulful lady,” is a Bay Area treasure who has performed with many top […]

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Stra Love 25 featuring Linda Tillery and Rhiannon; Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stra Love 25 featuring Linda Tillery and Rhiannon Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Voicestra’s original members celebrate their 25 year anniversary Twenty-five years ago the first version of the all-vocal group, Voicestra, was formed. The brainchild of innovative singer Bobby McFerrin, Voicestra brought together the talents of 12 accomplished voices whose inventive singing […]

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Django Reinhardt All-Stars Featuring Dorado Schmitt; Monday, November 17, 2014

Django Reinhardt All-Stars Featuring Dorado Schmitt Monday, November 17, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Gypsy jazz at its finest…” – International Review of Music Guitarist/violinist Dorado Schmitt is the finest contemporary purveyor of Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz tradition. Schmitt acquired his musical skills while growing up amongst the Roma culture of France. Aside from a detour into rock music during […]

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California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio; Monday, November 10, 2014

California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio Monday, November 10, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…winning, energetic…” – Los Angeles Times Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the United States, the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio fuse together over forty years of combined playing experience. A blend of steel and nylon string guitars, the […]

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Pacific Mambo Orchestra – Saturday, November 8 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

Kuumbwa Jazz Presents: Pacific Mambo Orchestra Saturday, November 8 at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank Media Sponsors: Good Times and KUSP 88.9 FM “Grammy-winning Caribbean sound…” – The New York Times The Pacific Mambo Orchestra is a 20-piece big band dedicated to championing the classic mambo […]

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Karrin Allyson Trio; Monday, November 3, 2014

Karrin Allyson Trio Monday, November 3, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…one of the jazz world’s finest.” – The Los Angeles Times Karrin Allyson sails through musical genres as easily as chameleons change colors. From the Great American songbook to Brazilian jazz melodies, pop music selections, and the innovations of American jazz composers Ellington, Coltrane, and […]

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