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Local & Live!

Local & Live: Honoring Artistry, Celebrating Community We are excited to announce the kick-off of a new series honoring local artists and the contributions they have made to our musical community. Santa Cruz is home to a wealth of artistic talent and Kuumbwa Jazz wishes to acknowledge these musicians for their dedication they have made [...]

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Grammy Nominee Cécile McLorin Salvant

The jazz vocal category is led by 24-year-old phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ebullient “WomanChild” was nominated for “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” Ms. Salvant makes her Kuumbwa Jazz debut on February 15th. Tickets on sale now!

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

Congratulations to the 2013 – 2014 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band! The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band is an all-star ensemble of high school musicians led by noted pianist and composer, Eddie Mendenhall, with assistance from tenor saxophonist, Dillon Baiocchi. Having successfully auditioned, band members attend weekly rehearsals, study complex jazz theory, improvisation and arranging, and learn essential life [...]

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Sponsors Atack & Penrose!

Cheers to VIP sponsors Atack & Penrose, LLP who helped make the Yellowjackets concert a night to remember. Imagine you, your company’s team, your colleagues and friends also in this picture. We’d love to see you here too plus we want our community to know who is helping to bring these artists to our stage! Concert sponsorship [...]

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Yellowjackets – Still on the Rise!

Despite hiring a new bassist, Yellowjackets continue to chart new territory with their recent release “A Rise in the Road.” Read more about their new bass player Felix Pastorius, son iconist jazz-fusion bassist, best known for his stint with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, plus the impressive new release from one of the most successful bands on [...]

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Dave Douglas: 50 States in 50th Year

Jazz Trumpeter Dave Douglas, Traveling Man, appears at Kuumbwa Jazz on September 16. Read more about his prolific journey in his 50th year in Andrew Gilbert’s interview for San Jose Mercury News. Click here for full article        

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Etienne Charles – NY Times Review

Music Review On a Move Toward Pop, and Denser Rhythms Etienne Charles’s ‘Creole Soul’ Shifts Away From Mainstream Yana Paskova for The New York Times Etienne Charles, center, joined by Victor Provost, left, and Jacques Schwartz-Bart, celebrating a recording release at Le Poisson Rouge. By BEN RATLIFF Published: July 24, 2013 You may have heard [...]

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Eco-friendly Beverages!

WINE AND BEERS ON TAP ARE ECONOMICAL AND ECO-FRIENDLY! Check out our new and improved bar menu including local wines and beer on tap! Go green – order from the tap! Coppola Rossa and Bianco Alfaro Family Vineyards, “Lindsey Paige” Pinot Noir 2011 Alfaro Family Vineyards, “Lindsey Paige” Chardonnay 2011 Santa Cruz Ale Works Hefeweizen [...]

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Bacchus: Wine, Food, Fun

Bacchus: Wine ~Food ~ Fun Kuumbwa Jazz’s 10th Annual Benefit Gala October 22, 2012         The feel of Rome surrounded guests at Kuumbwa’s 10th Annual wine tasting, dinner and auction to support the organization’s concert and music education programs. Upon entering the tented and lighted patio, guests sampled fresh oysters from Bill the Oysterman, sipped [...]

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Jazz Improv – Class Full!

Jazz Kiln – Summer 2013 Back by popular demand! Kuumbwa Jazz is pleased to offer a second run of the six week workshop series on jazz improvisation. The Jazz Kiln is Kuumbwa’s newest education program and is designed to offer a safe place for musicians of all ages to explore their musical boundaries. These workshops [...]

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