Aoife O’Donovan; Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Aoife O’Donovan Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…modest rusticity, but as sophisticated as they come.” – New York Times Well-known for her role in alternative bluegrass band, Crooked Still, vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Aoife O’Donovan (pronounced ee-fah) now steps to the fore with her debut solo album, Fossils. The versatility and appeal of her voice has already landed her [...]

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The Pedrito Martinez Group; Monday, December 9, 2013

The Pedrito Martinez Group Monday, December 9, 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… an incomparable performer.”  –New York Times Cuban vocalist and percussionist Pedrito Martinez has been performing onstage since he was eleven-years-old, and it shows through his high-energy concerts. Now based in New York City, Martinez has established himself among the musical elite, gigging with Paquito D’Rivera, [...]

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Joey DeFrancesco and the Vibe; Thursday, December 5, 2013

Joey DeFrancesco and the Vibe Thursday, December 5, 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…ebullient virtuosity…” – JazzTimes A prodigious talent at an early age, organist Joey DeFrancesco was playing his own gigs at the age of ten with legendary musicians such as “Philly” Joe Jones and Hank Mobley, and signed his first recording contract at sixteen. After playing piano in [...]

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Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band; Monday, December 2, 2013

Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band Monday, December 2, 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz “… (one) of jazz’s most exciting, imaginative drummers.” – JazzTimes Drummer Louis Hayes pays tribute to the music of the great Cannonball Adderley Quintet, one of the most popular jazz groups of the ’60s and early ’70s. Cannonball’s quintet was that [...]

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Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band; Monday, December 2, 2013

Louis Hayes And The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band Monday, December 2, 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz “… (one) of jazz’s most exciting, imaginative drummers.” – JazzTimes Drummer Louis Hayes pays tribute to the music of the great Cannonball Adderley Quintet, one of the most popular jazz groups of the ’60s and early ’70s. Cannonball’s quintet was that [...]

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Randy Weston & Billy Harper Duo “African Rhythms”; Thursday, November 21, 2013

  Randy Weston & Billy Harper Duo “African Rhythms” Thursday, November 21 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… real emotional power.” – The New York Times Two of the jazz world’s most respected artists, Randy Weston and Billy Harper, team up for an evening of inventive piano/saxophone duets.  After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, [...]

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Diane Schuur; Monday, November 18, 2013

Diane Schuur Monday, November 18 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… poise and panache.” – JazzTimes Diane Schuur’s inspired vocal delivery was won legions of admirers since her days as a young, precocious upstart from Tacoma. She burst upon the scene seemingly full-grown as a talent whose enthusiastic performances evoked comparisons to vocal greats such as Dinah [...]

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Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Joe Sanders & Gregory Hutchinson; Friday, November 15

  Joshua Redman Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Joe Sanders & Gregory Hutchinson Friday, November 15, 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… new levels of prowess.” – The New York Times Joshua Redman has carved out an amazing career since entering the jazz zeitgeist over twenty years ago. Fresh off of winning the 1991 Thelonious Monk International [...]

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Peter Brötzmann – Paal Nilssen-Love Duo; Thursday, November 14, 2013

Peter Brötzmann – Paal Nilssen-Love Duo Thursday, November 14, 2013 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… the music ebbs and flows – moods changing, rhythms shifting…” – JazzTimes Peter Brötzmann’s longstanding involvement in Europe’s spontaneous improvisation movement was the inspiration for his nickname, “The Godfather of Free Jazz.” Now in his seventies, the maverick saxophonist teams up [...]

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Kim Nalley with the Marcus Shelby Orchestra “The Cole Porter Songbook”; Monday, November 11, 2013

  Kim Nalley with the Marcus Shelby Orchestra “The Cole Porter Songbook” Monday, November 11 Kuumbwa Jazz “She can sing anything.” – Northside SF Magazine Kim Nalley’s previous tributes to vocal legends Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald – as well as her collaborations with organist Rhoda Scott and saxophonist Houston Person – have [...]

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