Crash Course

June 24, 2014   | Brian Palmer | Good Times New Carolina Chocolate Drops lineup gets a baptism by fire Change is inevitable, especially in bands. Members come and go—it simply comes with the territory. Hubby Jenkins—who plays the guitar, mandolin, banjo and bones for the Carolina Chocolate Drops—knows this all too well, as he joined [...]

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Angélique Kidjo – June 19th

Get your tickets now for the return of African diva Angélique Kidjo June 19 at the Rio Theatre. Born in Benin, West Africa, Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning singer deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine. Kidjo’s internationally acclaimed repertoire includes collaborations with various recording artists such as Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keys, Josh [...]

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Mandolinist Danilo Brito brings tradition and originality to his instrument: Mandolin Messiah

By Elizabeth Pandolfi | 2014 | Charleston City Paper Being corrected by a five-year-old isn’t usually cause for pride. But when that five-year-old is your son, and he’s correcting your musical technique on the instrument you both play, well, that’s a bit different. Danilo Brito, a mandolin virtuoso from Brazil, was that five-year-old. “I remember [...]

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Jazz Camp Registration Underway!

Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students 12 – 18 years old who are interested in learning jazz, improvisation and jazz appreciation. Space is limited and registration is filling up fast! Don’t miss your chance to sign up for our annual Summer Jazz Camp.

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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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Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet

Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet with Roy “Futureman” Wooten & Felix Pastorius will perform one show only this Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 pm. 1/2 Price Student tickets will be available for the 7:00 pm concert, at the door only with valid I.D. There will not be a 9:00 PM performance as originally scheduled. Stylistically, the [...]

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Carol Bowie “Miles to Mingus”

JOIN US FOR FIRST FRIDAY ART TOUR, FRIDAY MAY 2, 6:00 – 9:00 PM South County visual artist Carol Bowie presents “Miles to Mingus” paintings expressed, inspired and fueled by listening to and living with this music dubbed “jazz.” Bowie describes her work as, “guided by her desire to become a conduit for what wants [...]

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International Jazz Day – April 30th

Today, April 30th, is International Jazz Day. Tune into to stream the all-star global concert, live from Osaka, Japan! (Available on demand soon). In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of [...]


Jazz Divas Celebrate!

Group concert sponsors, Jazz Divas, enjoy dinner on the patio before their sold out sponsored concert featuring Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort. To find out how you can experience a special night as a concert sponsor visit:

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Jazz Hero – Ray Brown

The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is an international group of media professionals working to advance the legacy of jazz music through journalistic endeavors. Each year the JJA awards dozens of “Jazz Heroes” nationwide during the Month of April – Jazz Appreciation Month. Jazz Heroes are activists, advocates, and altruists who have had a significant impact [...]

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