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June 2019

Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner – 7:00 PM

June 21 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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SOLD OUT! The world first learned of the incredible vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans, to a multi-Grammy Award winner, to a prescient and fearless voice in music today. Her newest release, The Window – a Grammy-winning album of duets with pianist Sullivan Fortner – explores and extends the tradition…

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Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner – 9:00 PM

June 21 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The world first learned of the incredible vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans, to a multi-Grammy Award winner, to a prescient and fearless voice in music today. Her newest release, The Window – a Grammy-winning album of duets with pianist Sullivan Fortner – explores and extends the tradition of the…

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Eric Alexander Quartet with Special Guest Eric Reed

June 24 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Boasting a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander has been exploring new musical worlds from the outset. He started out on piano as a six-year-old, took up clarinet at nine, switched to alto sax when he was twelve, and converted to tenor when jazz became his obsession during his one year at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. At William Paterson College in New Jersey he advanced his studies under the tutelage…

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Kuumbwa Summer Jazz Camp Concert

June 27 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Kuumbwa’s Summer Jazz Camp is an annual day camp for students 12-18 years old who are interested in learning to play jazz. Students receive both one-on-one and group instruction and the camp focuses on live performance, basic improvisation, theory, soloing concepts/phrasing, along with jazz history and appreciation. Daily classes are held in the VAPA complex at Cabrillo College, with this final day performance on the Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage. FREE | All Ages Doors beginning at 6:00 PM Kuumbwa Jazz Camp Website

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Kuumbwa Jazz & Santa Cruz Shakespeare Present: A Winter’s Tale Remix

June 28 @ 7:30 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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A co-presentation by Kuumbwa Jazz and Santa Cruz Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale Remix is a melding of theatre and jazz. In this production, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale receives a reimagining by Santa Cruz Shakespeare actor Tommy Gomez and the Le Boeuf Brothers, an acclaimed jazz ensemble with local roots. This co-presentation supports the nonprofit education programs of both Santa Cruz Shakespeare and Kuumbwa Jazz. $42/Advance $47.25/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)…

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Kuumbwa Jazz & Santa Cruz Shakespeare Present: A Winter’s Tale Remix

June 29 @ 7:30 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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A co-presentation by Kuumbwa Jazz and Santa Cruz Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale Remix is a melding of theatre and jazz. In this production, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale receives a reimagining by Santa Cruz Shakespeare actor Tommy Gomez and the Le Boeuf Brothers, an acclaimed jazz ensemble with local roots. This co-presentation supports the nonprofit education programs of both Santa Cruz Shakespeare and Kuumbwa Jazz. $42/Advance $47.25/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)…

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July 2019

Kenny Werner & Gregoire Maret – Between a Smile and a Tear: A Tribute to Toots Thielemans

July 1 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Between a Smile and a Tear is a heartfelt celebration of the influential Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans. Revisiting Thielemans legacy in this project are his longtime pianist Kenny Werner and Gregoire Maret, Thielemans heir-apparent in the world of jazz harmonica. Werner and Maret bring their own sensibilities to Thieleman’s oeuvre, while never losing sight of his influence and impact. $31.50/Advance $36.75/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included) Doors & Dinner Beginning at 6:00 PM Sponsored…

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Acoustic Alchemy – 7:00 PM

July 11 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Acoustic Alchemy have spent thirty years making music together. In that time they have not only received critical acclaim for their albums (including three Grammy nominations), but have built a reputation for being one of the most exciting live bands in the business. For the last decade, the band lineup has featured Greg Carmichael on nylon guitar, Miles Gilderdale on steel string acoustic & electric guitars, Fred White on keyboards and the powerhouse rhythm section of Greg Grainger on drums and his brother Gary Grainger on bass. Since 1987, Acoustic Alchemy…

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Acoustic Alchemy – 9:00 PM

July 11 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Acoustic Alchemy have spent thirty years making music together. In that time they have not only received critical acclaim for their albums (including three Grammy nominations), but have built a reputation for being one of the most exciting live bands in the business. For the last decade, the band lineup has featured Greg Carmichael on nylon guitar, Miles Gilderdale on steel string acoustic & electric guitars, Fred White on keyboards and the powerhouse rhythm section of Greg Grainger on drums and his brother Gary Grainger on bass. Since 1987, Acoustic Alchemy…

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Caminos Flamencos with Yaelisa & El Rubio

July 12 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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In the vanguard of the nuevo flamenco movement, Caminos Flamencos co-founders Yaelisa and Jason “El Rubio” McGuire have dedicated themselves to the presentation of traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance. Yaelisa is an Emmy award-winning choreographer and dancer, and the recipient of a NEA Choreography Fellowship. El Rubio is internationally respected as one of the top flamenco guitarists playing today. Absolutely riveting in their intensity, Caminos Flamencos performances are a high-octane combination of music and dance. $26.25/Advance $31.50/Door | All Ages…

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John Hanrahan Quartet: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

July 18 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Many Central Coast jazz fans will recognize the John Hanrahan Quartet from their breakout performance at the 2014 Monterey Jazz Festival, where they paid tribute to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, which is widely considered one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time. The Chicago Tribute wrote of the tribute that “the Hanrahan Quartet embrace, honor, and nurture a masterpiece.” Now the quartet turns it gaze towards another one of the most icons figures in jazz with their Tribute to Wayne Shorter. If any…

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