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Marc Cary Focus Trio present Rhodes Ahead

“…[a] trek to the heart of jazz-funk futurism…” – The New York Times Raised in Washington D.C., Marc Cary has become known as one of the most original pianists in the New York scene. A player of eclectic tastes, Cary has a strong post-bop foundation but has also explored Afro-Cuban rhythms, electronic groove music, and other […]

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Laurie Antonioli: The Music of Joni Mitchell

“Singer Antonioli is a rare talent…” – International Review of Music Laurie Antonioli revisits an early musical influence with her recent recording, Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light, an exploration of Joni Mitchell’s songwriting. The project has been praised for Antonioli’s original approach and instinctive sense of musicality, avoiding any direct duplication of Mitchell’s oeuvre. […]

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Manresa Chef David Kinch

Kuumbwa Jazz Celebrates 40 Years of Creativity with a Fundraising Dinner Hosted by Manresa Chef David Kinch Monday, May 11, 2015 More info

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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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Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

“very cerebral comedy” – NY Times A creative blend of stand-up comedy with science. Tim Lee is a comedian with a Ph.D. who’s become an international sensation selling out shows from Melbourne to New York. “You know how Larry the Cable Guy’s act pretty much consists of him yelling “Git ‘er done!” every five minutes or […]

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Slaid Cleaves

SOLD OUT! Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form.Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn […]

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Nettwork Trio: 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

SOLD OUT! Click on the blue Buy Tickets button to purchase 9:00 PM tickets! “… 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 […]

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