Chihiro Yamanaka Trio; Friday, April 11, 2014

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio Friday, April 11 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…imaginative virtuosity…” – NPR Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Japanese pianist Chihiro Yamanaka has been racking up the accolades as a top tier musician and composer. A Universal Music recording artist, Yamanaka’s music pivots between original compositions and her unique presentation of standards. Her latest album, Because, is [...]

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René Marie; Monday, April 7, 2014

René Marie Monday, April 7 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…one of the best jazz singers working today.” – Jazz Journal Although she didn’t begin her professional career until her early forties, vocalist René Marie has quickly climbed the ranks to become one of the most heralded singers on the scene today. Fiery and clever, Marie turned heads when she [...]

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Brad Mehldau Trio; Friday, April 4, 2014

Brad Mehldau Trio Friday, April 4 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.” – New York Times Pianist Brad Mehldau has been recording and performing extensively since the early 1990s, yet his most consistent and lauded output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Joined by two West Coast-raised [...]

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Caminos Flamencos; Friday, March 28, 2014

Caminos Flamencos Friday, March 28 Kuumbwa Jazz Center  “… quicksilver rhythms…” – Los Angeles Times Caminos Flamencos represents the vanguard of the nuevo flamenco movement. Co-founded by Yaelisa and Jason (El Rubio) McGuire, the twenty-year-old nonprofit group is dedicated to the presentation of traditional, as well as contemporary, flamenco music and dance. This presentation featured [...]

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Hugh Masekela; Monday, March 24, 2014

Hugh Masekela Monday, March 24 Kuumbwa Jazz Center 9pm: ½ Price Night for Students “…notorious for bucking the trend.” – Rolling Stone More so than any other artist today, trumpeter and vocalist Hugh Masekela is the embodiment of African jazz. After honing what became the sound of ‘Afro-Jazz’ in the late 1950s, Masekela left his native South Africa [...]

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An Evening with Jack Bowers; Thursday, March 20, 2014

Local & Live: Honoring Artistry, Celebrating Community An Evening with Jack Bowers Thursday, March 20, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Jack Bowers is a gifted pianist, composer, and educator, whose career roots stretch back to the late ’60s psychedelic era. During the early ’70s, he was playing in Santa Cruz’s Oganookie, a band that encompassed an [...]

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Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop; Monday, March 17, 2014

Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop Monday, March 17 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… cookin’, swingin’, yodelin’ good times.” – L.A. Weekly Cow Bop is a refreshing blend of guitarist Bruce Forman’s earliest musical influences: The freewheeling Western Swing of Bob Wills matched with the modern jazz innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Since 2003, Cow Bop [...]

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Tierney Sutton “After Blue” The Joni Mitchell Project featuring Mark Summer and Serge Merlaud; Saturday, March 15

Tierney Sutton “After Blue” The Joni Mitchell Project featuring Mark Summer and Serge Merlaud Saturday, March 15 Kuumbwa Jazz Center Tierney Sutton’s reputation as a singular vocal talent with a flair for inventive arrangements is in full force on After Blue, her latest album. Referred to as her “Joni Mitchell Project,” After Blue re-ignited the [...]

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Anton Schwartz Quintet featuring Taylor Eigsti; Thursday, March 6, 2014

Anton Schwartz Quintet featuring Taylor Eigsti Thursday, March 6 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “… upbeat vibe, strong melodies, and unflagging sense of swing…” – Jazziz Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz continues to refine his compositional skills. A succinct tunesmith with a flair for accessible melodies that twist and turn in surprising ways, Schwartz celebrates the release of his [...]

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Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo; Monday, March 3, 2014

Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo Monday, March 3 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “…a voice like fine whiskey” – The Washington Post Although she could be categorized simply as a jazz vocalist, Cyrille Aimée is so much more; presenting a new, dynamic sound that often features her looping her own vocals, and creating beats, textures, and rhythms to make a [...]

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