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April 2019

Claudia Villela: The Music of Jobim

April 29 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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For Claudia Villela, music is a journey into spontaneity and inspiration, as her past recording projects with Toots Thielemanns and Michael Brecker can attest. Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Villela absorbed the folkloric tradition of Brazil, as well as the influences of classical composers and American jazz. Her vocal improvisations and compositions encompass the full range of emotive sound, sometimes dramatic, sometimes humorous, but always fascinating. Her band on this concert dates features Gary Meek on saxophone, Carlos Oliveira on guitar,…

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May 2019

Brubeck Brothers Quartet Celebrates 60 Years of Dave Brubeck’s Time Out

May 2 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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2020 marks the centennial year of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. To celebrate his life and legacy, his sons Chris and Dan Brubeck – who performed and recorded with their father since the 1970s – curate a multimedia show with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Through stories told by his sons, video interviews with Dave Brubeck and musicians he influenced, and music performed by the Quartet, the show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Brubeck’s extraordinary life and Celebrates…

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Michael O’Neill Quintet with Tony Lindsay

May 6 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Saxophonist Michael O’Neill, a San Diego native, began studying music at an early age. One of his first influences was his neighbor, the great jazz and studio drummer, saxophonist, and clarinetist, John Guerin who helped Michael with his first band in Junior High School. O’Neill now leads several jazz groups in the Bay Area and has performed with several of the region’s leading big bands, including a two-year stint with the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. Joining O’Neill and renowned Bay Area vocalist…

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CANCELLED – DKV Trio: Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler & Ken Vandermark

May 9 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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CANCELLED – refunds will be issued at point-of-purchase The DKV Trio is one of the most exciting ensembles working in contemporary improvised music. Featuring Hamid Drake on drums, Kent Kessler on bass, and Ken Vandermark on saxophone, the band has been active since the mid 1990s and has released numerous acclaimed recordings. Vandermark is a wide-ranging artist with a MacArthur Fellowship to his name, who has been earning critical praise since his arrival on the Chicago scene in the 1990s.…

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Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band – 7:00 PM

May 13 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, and the popular Tito…

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Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band – 9:00 PM

May 13 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. Palmieri’s professional career as a pianist took off with various bands in the early 1950s including Eddie Forrester, Johnny Segui’s, and the popular Tito…

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Flor de Toloache

May 15 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Latin Grammy-winning, all-female mariachi ensemble Flor de Toloache continues to win the hearts of both progressive and traditional mariachi music fans through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, enlightened approach to traditional mariachi instruments. The quartet’s diverse cultural and musical backgrounds has led to the forging of new musical paths. The group is led by co-band directors Mireya I. Ramos on violin and Shae Fiol on vihuela. Together, they have graced international stages from Chenai, India to Paris, France. $26.25/Advance…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

May 16 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the top tier high school student musicians from Santa Cruz and neighboring counties. Hand-picked by their band directors, these talented young ambassadors of jazz pass a rigorous audition to earn their position in the Honor Band. During weekly rehearsals at Kuumbwa, they study advanced jazz theory, arranging, improvisation, and learn valuable life skills in teamwork and critical thinking. Under the direction of David McGillicuddy, the band gains vital performing experience at special events and festivals throughout the school…

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Champian Fulton: Tribute to Dinah Washington

May 17 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Champian Fulton has become a world-class jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. As a band-leader she has nine recordings to her credit. Fulton’s 2016 album, After Dark, features the music of Dinah Washington, which she revisits on this concert date. Recognized as a “Rising Star” by DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll, she also received the “Female Jazz Vocalist Of the Year” award at the 2017 Hot House Jazz Magazine Fan’s Decision Award. Her “galvanizing presence” (The New Yorker) and musical presentation have made her, as The New York…

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Anat Cohen Tentet – Musical Director: Oded Lev-Ari – 7:00 PM

May 20 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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With the Anat Cohen Tentet, woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet. Both on stage and on Cohen’s latest release, Happy Song, the Tentet weaves a tapestry of sounds, freeing Cohen to explore the full range of the clarinet’s dynamics and demonstrate its vastly expressive character. As JazzTimes says, “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the sheer delight of reaching that new place, that…

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Anat Cohen Tentet – Musical Director: Oded Lev-Ari – 9:00 PM

May 20 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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With the Anat Cohen Tentet, woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet. Both on stage and on Cohen’s latest release, Happy Song, the Tentet weaves a tapestry of sounds, freeing Cohen to explore the full range of the clarinet’s dynamics and demonstrate its vastly expressive character. As JazzTimes says, “With the clarinet she becomes a singer, a dancer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the sheer delight of reaching that new place, that…

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Mads Tolling & the Mads Men with Spencer Day

May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Internationally renowned violinist, composer, and two-time Grammy Award-winner Mads Tolling is celebrating the music of the 1960s “Mad Men” era with his own distinctive style and innovative flair. It is a fun and exciting program that is at once nostalgic as well as contemporary. So how did a Danish classical violin student growing up in Copenhagen in the 1980s discover his passion for American music of the 1960s? When Tolling was fourteen, his father gave him a Miles Davis cassette tape that…

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UCSC Jazz Ensembles

May 30 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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UCSC Director of Jazz Studies professor Karlton Hester will showcase students from his classes. These UCSC Jazz Ensembles will perform composed arrangements as well as their own arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions. Past concerts have included works from composers such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Don Grolnick, and many more. This evening will feature the UCSC Large Jazz Ensemble. In an effort to promote and perpetuate the indigenous American form of music…

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June 2019

Ralph Towner: Solo

June 2 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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After critically-lauded projects with trumpeter Paolo Fresu and with fellow guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan, Ralph Towner returns to solo guitar for My Foolish Heart. Whether on classical guitar or 12-string guitar Towner’s touch is immediately identifiable. Solo music is an important thread through his rich discography and this latest album – recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in February 2016 and produced by Manfred Eicher – follows in the great tradition of Diary, Solo Concert, Ana, Anthem,…

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Judy Carmichael with Larry Koonse

June 3 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Described by The New York Times as “…astounding, flawless, captivating…” Grammy nominated pianist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride”, acknowledging the command with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. Carmichael’s latest album, I Love Being Here With You, is her first vocal album, exploring her love of witty lyrics, ballads and Broadway standards. Carmichael will be joined by guitarist Larry Koonse on…

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Remy Le Boeuf’s Light as a Word

June 6 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Saxophonist and composer Remy Le Boeuf has performed and had his works featured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  Known for his integration of jazz, classical, and indie-rock genres, Le Boeuf has received many of today’s most prestigious honors and awards for composition and performance. While envisioning his approach to composition and improvisation as never veering far from the roots of language, Le Boeuf often employs literary elements to fuel his compositions. Born and raised in the Santa Cruz area and…

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Jazzmeia Horn

June 10 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Grammy-nominated vocalist Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. Since winning the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2015, Horn’s star has continued to rise, along with her reputation as an artist with an assured maturity and a vocal confidence far beyond her years. JazzTimes exclaims that her “vivacity, imagination, gutsiness and sociopolitical savvy echo the likes of Carter and Abbey Lincoln. Simply put, she is as exciting a discovery as Cécile McLorin Salvant or Gregory Porter.” Her debut album, A…

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Tia Fuller Quartet

June 13 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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When Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone to play, something amazing happens as the reverberations of her musical elixir fill the room. Balancing both worlds of performance and education, it is understood why this touring artist and full-time professor was selected to be a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé. As part of the I AM..Sasha Fierce and Beyoncé Experience World Tour promoting the superstar’s albums, Fuller has played in various venues throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Asia…

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