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Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

“Spectacular!” – New York Daily News Since 1989, Rolling Stones fans began taking notice of Lisa Fischer when she took over the spotlight from Mick Jagger and owned the stage during their Gimme Shelter duet. The powerful chanteuse also gained notoriety as one of the featured performers in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary, Twenty Feet from […]

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Kuumbwa Dream Band: Benny Green, Roy Hargrove, Eric Harland, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman

SOLD OUT! THANK YOU KUUMBWA JAZZ MEMBERS! MEMBER BENEFIT PRE-SALE SHOW 40TH ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISING EVENT The Dream Band is for real and appearing only at Kuumbwa Jazz for a one-time concert in celebration of Kuumbwa’s 40th anniversary. The all-star aggregation features pianist Benny Green, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, drummer Eric Harland, bassist Christian McBride, and saxophonist […]

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Zakir Hussain’s Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections

“…peerless North Indian tabla player…” – The New York Times  Zakir Hussain – the foremost exponent of India’s tabla drumming tradition – plays to sellout audiences wherever he goes. The Grammy award-winning Hussain is revered in both classical Indian music and world music circles for his collaborations with a variety of influential musicians including George Harrison, […]

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

“… delicious, contrapuntal groove…” – JazzTimes Poncho Sanchez has been preaching the “gospel of the clave” for over three decades. In that time he has not only carried on the legacy of his mentor, the great Cal Tjader, but also expanded his repertoire to incorporate forays into classic soul and blues, all the while honoring […]

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

“… delicious, contrapuntal groove…” – JazzTimes Poncho Sanchez has been preaching the “gospel of the clave” for over three decades. In that time he has not only carried on the legacy of his mentor, the great Cal Tjader, but also expanded his repertoire to incorporate forays into classic soul and blues, all the while honoring […]

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Junior Brown

“…unbelievable…” – Guitar Player Magazine Straight from the “live music capital of the world” of Austin, Texas, Junior Brown has been wowing audiences the world over with his blistering guitar playing on his custom double-necked guitar, referred to as a ‘guit-steel.’ A country throwback to the era of Ernest Tubb and the Texas Troubadours, Brown […]

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Anat Cohen Celebrando Brasil

“… soulful, ebullient…” – Seattle Times Anat Cohen’s enthusiastic performances bring new energy to the often neglected clarinet. Once the preferred instrument of swing era legends Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Woody Herman, the clarinet was superseded by the brassier saxophone as the reed instrument of choice once the bebop era took hold. In recent […]

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Master Class Series – Ray Brown: An Introduction to Jazz Arranging

Free Event Composer, arranger, conductor, bandleader, trumpet player, and educator Ray Brown is about as versatile as they come. Having written music for Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Bill Watrous, San Francisco’s Full Faith and Credit, and his own Great Big Band, he is adept at writing compositions and arrangements from big bands to […]

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René Marie’s Experiment in Truth Quartet

“…proves herself masterful…” – DownBeat A feisty, knowing jazz singer with an affinity for Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington, René Marie made people sit up and listen when she emerged on the scene fully formed in the late 1990s. Although considered a late-bloomer of sorts (beginning her professional singing career at 42) she […]

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Holly Near

Holly Near is performing at Kuumbwa with pianist John Bucchino and special guest, Emma’s Revolution. Consider bringing a friend to a concert, perhaps someone who has never heard music that speaks to peoples’ everyday lives with such clarity and beauty. Holly has a way of opening up hearts and inviting conversation, exploration, and transformation. And on top […]

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