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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band @ Santa Cruz Symphony Family Concert

Bring your entire family to experience a fun and educational concert featuring special guest collaborations with the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, the Kuumbwa Honors Jazz Band and award-winning Shakespearean actor Paul Whitworth. After the concert, children will be invited backstage to ‘Meet the Instruments’. At this year’s concert we will perform Prokofiev’s timeless favorite for […]

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Nettwork Trio featuring Charnett Moffett, Stanley Jordan, and Jeff “Tain” Watts

“…something magical.” – Soultracks.com Three giants of jazz: guitarist Stanley Jordan, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts team-up for an evening of inspired music making. Jordan’s unique “touch technique” – an outgrowth of his classical piano background – conveys a broad orchestral palette far beyond that of conventional guitarists. Moffett is often lauded for his musical intuition and superb technical […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band with the Santa Cruz Youth Orchestra

Every year the Symphony provides a set of free morning concerts for 4th and 5th graders at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville. Members of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony play alongside their professional counterparts, creating the largest philharmonic orchestra on the central coast of California. The event is presented in a highly accessible style, […]

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Kurt Elling

“… the standout male vocalist of our time.” – The New York Times Kurt Elling is one of the most recognized and respected voices in jazz today, not bad for a former college philosophy major. Since debuting on Blue Note Records over seventeen years ago, Elling has grown into an artist of renowned ability and critical acclaim. […]

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Kurt Elling

“… the standout male vocalist of our time.” – The New York Times Kurt Elling is one of the most recognized and respected voices in jazz today, not bad for a former college philosophy major. Since debuting on Blue Note Records over seventeen years ago, Elling has grown into an artist of renowned ability and critical acclaim. […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band with the Santa Cruz Youth Orchestra

Every year the Symphony provides a set of free morning concerts for 4th and 5th graders at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Members of the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony play alongside their professional counterparts, creating the largest philharmonic orchestra on the central coast of California. The event is presented in a highly accessible style, using elements of humor, movement, […]

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Christian McBride Trio

“…throwback feel-good vibes…” – The New York Times Christian McBride is the premier bassist on today’s jazz and pop scene. He is simply without peer on his instrument and the first choice as collaborator for everyone from Sting and Billy Joel to Sonny Rollins and Pat Metheny. With pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., McBride has created an […]

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Christian McBride Trio

“…throwback feel-good vibes…” – The New York Times Christian McBride is the premier bassist on today’s jazz and pop scene. He is simply without peer on his instrument and the first choice as collaborator for everyone from Sting and Billy Joel to Sonny Rollins and Pat Metheny. With pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., McBride has created an […]

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Tigran Trio

“…[a] rich and deep artist…” – Chick Corea Pianist Tigran Hamasyan embarked on his musical journey at the age of three in his native Armenia. Quickly garnering momentum throughout European jazz festivals, Hamasyan won the prestigious 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute competition and has received accolades from Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, and other luminaries. Finding success as a bandleader […]

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Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

“Flamenco-influenced, multi-style guitarist…” – The Los Angeles Times Ottmar Liebert’s mix of Latin-influenced guitar playing – underscored by the creative interplay of his band, Luna Negra – has garnered five Grammy Award nominations over the past two decades, as well as a loyal following throughout the world. His thirty-eight Gold and Platinum recordings are a testament to the popularity […]

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