Chester CT Thompson and Powerhouse; Thursday, November 13

Chester CT Thompson and Powerhouse Thursday, November 13 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Earthy, energetic and exciting.” – Carlos Santana Original Tower of Power organist Chester Thompson started playing at the age of five and has gone on to lead a career that would be the envy of any sideman, including his lengthy stint with Tower of Power, seventeen [...]

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2014 – 2015 Honor Band Auditions

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians. Band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, and learn essential life skills such as communication, cooperation and critical thinking. The Honor Band performs at community benefits, festivals and special events, ending each school year with a concert [...]

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Fall Concert Schedule Announced

Tickets now on sale for September and October shows. Great line-up includes Airto Moreira & Eyedentity; Eliane Elias; Larry Carlton; The Cookers; Joshua Redman Trio; Stanley Clarke; Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano Quintet: Soundprints and much more!

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Big Chief Donald Harrison’s Congo Square Nation; Monday, August 18, 2014

Big Chief Donald Harrison’s Congo Square Nation Monday, August 18, 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Center “Both old school and cutting-edge.” —Wall Street Journal New Orleans alto sax great Donald Harrison is “The King of Nouveau Swing,” a style that merges R&B, hip-hop, soul, rock and jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music. Harrison is notably the Big [...]

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Just Added: 10pm Snarky Puppy

Due to popular demand we have added a 2nd concert at 10pm to see Snarky Puppy on Friday, August 8. Snarky Puppy is truly a different kind of musical animal. A collective of musicians from Dallas and New York City the group play an infectious mixture of jazz, funk, and world music. Their unique musical style instantly [...]

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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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Chick Corea & The Vigil

On Sale Now Monday, August 11, 7:30 PM at the Rio Theatre Sponsored by Law Offices of Atack & Penrose, LLP “Gale force intensity… gloriously impassioned.” – Jazzwise Magazine No one can accuse Chick Corea of resting on his laurels. The 20-time Grammy award-winner and NEA Jazz Master personifies a rare artistic standard of excellence. [...]

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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. http://kuumbwajazz.org/education/jazz-camp/

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