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December 2018

Charlie Hunter Trio – 7:00 PM

December 17 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

With a career spanning 25 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight-string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously play bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. The trio on this concert date will also feature vocalist Lucy Woodward…

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Charlie Hunter Trio – 9:00 PM

December 17 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

With a career spanning 25 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight-string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously play bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms. The trio on this concert date will also feature vocalist Lucy…

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30th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice with William Ackerman, Barbara Higbie & Alex de Grassi at Rio Theatre

December 20 @ 7:30 pm
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States

Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer Alex de Grassi and supporting musician, guitarist Todd Boston come together to lead joyous holiday concerts. At Rio Theatre (1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062) Regular General Admission: $36.75/Advance $45/Door…

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January 2019

Pacific Mambo Orchestra with Jon Faddis

January 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Named “one of the best Latin Big Bands in the world” by Salsa Trips Magazine, Pacific Mambo Orchestra is the 2013 Grammy Award Winner for “Best Latin Tropical Album”, beating out industry superstars Marc Anthony and Carlos Vives. Pacific Mambo Orchestra honors the sound of the great Latin big bands of the 1940s, infusing mambo, salsa, chia-cha-cha and Latin jazz with intoxicating energy. The ensemble consists of a superb lineup of musicians who have performed and recorded with luminaries such as…

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Special EFX All-Stars with Chieli Minucci, Eric Marienthal, Regina Carter, Lao Tizer, Joel Rosenblatt & Jerry Brooks – 7 PM

January 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Jazz guitarist/composer Chieli Minucci is the founding member and leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group Special EFX, which debuted in 1984 on the famed GRP record label. With 30 releases to their name, Minucci and Special EFX are celebrating a 35-year anniversary tour and will include some of the biggest names in the jazz and contemporary music industry: multi-award winning and Grammy nominees Eric Marienthal on sax, Regina Carter on violin, Lao Tizer on keyboards, Jerry Brooks on bass and Joel Rosenblatt on drums. Minucci has won three Emmy…

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Special EFX All-Stars featuring Chieli Minucci, Eric Marienthal, Regina Carter, Lao Tizer, Joel Rosenblatt & Jerry Brooks – 9 PM

January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Jazz guitarist/composer Chieli Minucci is the founding member and leader of the Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group Special EFX, which debuted in 1984 on the famed GRP record label. With 30 releases to their name, Minucci and Special EFX are celebrating a 35-year anniversary tour and will include some of the biggest names in the jazz and contemporary music industry: multi-award winning and Grammy nominees Eric Marienthal on sax, Regina Carter on violin, Lao Tizer on keyboards, Jerry Brooks on bass and Joel Rosenblatt on drums. Minucci has won three Emmy…

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Pamela Rose Presents: Blues Is A Woman

January 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Pamela Rose presents Blues Is A Woman.  Rose and her ensemble – featuring saxophonist Kristen Strom, pianist Tammy Hall, guitarist Pat Wilder, bassist Ruth Davies and drummer Daria Johnson – celebrate women in the Blues from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt. Live music and theatrical storytelling transport the audience back to the early roots of the America’s most enduring art form and travel through the decades to celebrate the outspoken, audacious women of the blues. This show will appeal to all ages, families, blues…

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Martin Taylor

January 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing, British-born Martin Taylor has enjoyed a musical career spanning over thirty years. A child prodigy who began to play at the age of four, Taylor’s self-taught style was inspired by gypsy guitar great Django Reinhardt, as well as pianists Art Tatum and Bill Evans. Despite his connection to the great Reinhardt, he has developed a solo guitar style that is uniquely his own through his melding of influences including Chet Atkins,…

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Sheila Jordan with Cameron Brown

January 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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Vocalist and NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan – who reaches the tender age of 90 in November of 2018 – and bassist Cameron Brown join together to take listeners on a musical adventure of scatting, balladry, sung poetry, improvised lyrics, and more. The duo format has been Jordan’s favorite form of musical expression during her musical life and extraordinary career. $31.50/Advance $36.75/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included) 1/2 Price for Students at the Door…

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