Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

“… fresh and imaginative…” – National Public Radio (NPR) Bassekou Kouyate (Buh-say-koo Koo-yah-tay), a griot from Mali, leads a six-member ensemble showcasing the ngoni – a traditional West African string instrument often compared to a lute – with African...
Master Class – Dave Egan: Jazz Standards for the Ukulele

Master Class – Dave Egan: Jazz Standards for the Ukulele

Dave Egan is a prominent ukulele instructor, teaching UCSC’s OPERS class series and at the nationally attended West Coast Ukulele Retreat in Monterey and on the island of Hawaii, as well as at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival in Napa. His unique approach to adapting...
John Pizzarelli Quartet

John Pizzarelli Quartet

“… a blazing swing guitartist.” – Pop Matters Guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli makes no secret of his musical influences: Nat King Cole, João Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, and his father, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. John is an unabashed champion of the Great...
Plena Libre

Plena Libre

“A mad weave of polyrhythms that simply sizzle.” – Boston Herald Plena Libre infuses their contemporary Caribbean compositions with a deep sense of the unique indigenous musical traditions, known as plena and bomba, which developed on the island over a century ago....
Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

Etienne Charles & Creole Soul

“… immediate pleasure.” – The New York Times Etienne Charles’ Trinidadian roots are fully reflected in his post-bop musical vision. He is among the newest wave of young artists making their mark today, updating the jazz tradition for a new generation of...