Jonathan Kreisberg’s Quartet Peaking at the Right Time

by Andrew Gilbert  | San Jose Mercury News Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has paid his dues, earning a vaunted reputation on the New York jazz scene by accompanying a disparate array of masters, such as Lee Konitz, Joe Henderson and Yosvany Terry. But when you ask him... read more

Chef to host fundraiser for Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Chef to host fundraiser for Kuumbwa Jazz Center By Yoshi Kato | San Francisco Chronicle With great music and quality food and drink as two of its hallmarks, Kuumbwa Jazz is celebrating its 40th year with special events encompassing both. Manresa chef-owner David Kinch... read more

Windham Hill Solstice show returns to Bay Area

Working out of a Silicon Valley garage, a visionary gives birth to a beautifully designed line of products, transforming the world while earning a passionate following. No, I’m not talking about Steve Jobs and Apple. At almost the same time that he and Steve... read more

Profile: Dillon Baiocchi

Profile: Dillon Baiocchi “…we are striving to inspire personal expression and creativity through jazz education.” In a way, Dillon Baiocchi’s jazz journey has come full circle. The former Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band member now directs the band. “I started directing... read more

Jazz Notes – January/February 2015

Jazz Notes – January/February 2015 Thank You To Our 2014 Sponsors Anne Marie Sorcenelli, Realtor Sereno Group; Appendrodt Commercial Properties; Arthur S. Dover, MD: DTMH; Barbara Beerstein and George Badger; Barry Swenson Builder; Carolyn Hyatt... read more

Tim Jackson

Tim Jackson November 10, 2014 | Scott MacClelland | Performing Arts Monterey Bay You can’t tell from speaking with Tim Jackson if his jazz career has ever faced a genuine crisis or taken a serious bump. On the contrary, the artistic director of the Monterey Jazz... read more

Jazz Icon Dave Liebman Brings his Young Guns to Bay Area

October 21, 2014 | Andrew Gilbert | San Jose Mercury News As a young saxophonist coming up on the New York scene more than four decades ago, Dave Liebman absorbed bandstand wisdom while working for oracular masters such as Miles Davis and Elvin Jones, lessons that... read more

Jazz Notes: Nov/Dec 2014

JAZZ NOTES: Kuumbwa Jazz Goes Green   After months of changing out light bulbs, meeting with county officials, reducing the amount of plastic used in the venue (now featuring icebox water), and more, Kuumbwa Jazz with a grant from the Community Foundation of SCC has... read more

B-3 master Wil Blades takes new direction

September 8, 2014 | Richard Scheinin | San Jose Mercury News Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades grew up in a middle-class Chicago suburb. He’s only 34, but plays — and has played for a good decade now — as if he’d hatched straight from the urban... read more