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Jazz Notes Sept/Oct 2015

Annual Fall Fund Drive Our Annual Fall Fund Drive kicks off in October. For me, it has become a good time to remind myself of how I became member of Kuumbwa and why I have chosen to become more involved over the years. As perhaps many of you did, I started attending... read more

The Accidental Guru

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | by Andrew Gilbert | Good Times Weekly Marcus Miller wonders when he became the elder statesman Calling multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller precocious doesn’t quite capture the scope and depth of his musical talent. Coming of age on the New... read more

Cuban Piano Legend Chucho Valdés & Irakere: On Sale Now

Winner of five GRAMMY® and three Latin GRAMMY® Awards, Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. He will be performing in Santa Cruz for one-night only with his legendary band Irakere re-visited.... read more

Support Jazz Education: Shop Westside New Leaf August 20th

Shop New Leaf’s Westside location on Thursday, August 20th and 5% of all sales will be donated to support Kuumbwa’s Jazz Programs. Kuumbwa Jazz operates several programs to introduce youth and adults to jazz and encourage them to participate as artists and audience... read more

Summer Concerts Announced

Spend your hot summer days at the beach then cool down at for an evening of sizzling live-music at Kuumbwa Jazz! Kuumbwa’s summer calendar has something for everyone including straight-ahead jazz with guitar masters John Pizzarelli (August 10) to his father Bucky... read more

Jazz Notes July/August 2015

JAZZ NOTES JULY/AUGUST 2015 PROFILE: FRED TIO “It’s a magical place.” Fred Tio’s expertise in art direction and graphic design, matched by his passion for jazz, has been a boon to the Kuumbwa Board of Trustees since his induction in 2014. As a member of... read more

Green Room – Benny Green Releases “Live in Santa Cruz”

Green Room Wednesday, 03 June 2015 by Andrew Gilbert | Good Times Weekly Pianist Benny Green has grown up with the Kuumbwa, but even after 35 years of shows here, he’s still a revelation When Kuumbwa Jazz Center celebrated its 40th anniversary in April with an... read more

Becca Stevens Unleashes Her ‘Perfect Animal’

by Andrew Gilbert | KQED News Becca Stevens Unleashes Her ‘Perfect Animal’ Event Information Becca Stevens Two shows in the Bay Area. May 28, 2015 Kuumbwa Jazz Details and tickets June 2, 2015 Freight & Salvage Details and tickets Singer/songwriter Becca Stevens... read more

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