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September 2018

Tord Gustavsen Trio

September 27 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

With the release of his first recording in 2003 entitled Changing Places, Norway’s Tord Gustavsen came forth with a new and unique sound that commanded worldwide attention, an extraordinary achievement given the rich and well-developed history of jazz piano that preceded him. He focuses on lyricism within a stripped-down approach to music, where playing is gentle, yet robust; expression of melody is simple, yet sophisticated; and beauty and emotional intensity are united. For his soon to be released eighth album for ECM…

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October 2018

Logan Richardson’s Blues People

October 1 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Born and, raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Logan Richardson was mentored by seminal figures in improvised music, including Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, and Queen Bey. In 2006 Logan released his debut album, Cerebral Flow, and in 2009 he followed up with his sophomore album, Ethos. In 2011 Logan moved from New York, to Paris where he has continued to build a wide spread international acclaim for his angular, intervallic approach to playing the alto saxophone. Richardson has been received favorably for…

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Stanley Clarke Band – 7:00 PM

October 4 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. With over 40 albums to his name, Clarke’s creativity has been recognized widely. He was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year, was honored with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats.” In 2011 he was honored…

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Stanley Clarke Band – 9:00 PM

October 4 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Four-time Grammy award-winner Stanley Clarke has attained “living legend” status during his over 40-year career as a bass virtuoso. He doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and is a trailblazing jazz-fusion bassist. With over 40 albums to his name, Clarke’s creativity has been recognized widely. He was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year, was honored with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats.” In 2011 he was honored…

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Regina Carter Quartet – 7:00 PM

October 8 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Regina their prestigious MacArthur fellowship “genius grant”. San Francisco Performances also took note of Regina’s exceptional work and appointed her Artist-in-Residence for five years. Most recently, the acclaimed violinist was selected as the 2017 Showcase Artist for the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival and…

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Regina Carter Quartet – 9:00 PM

October 8 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Regina their prestigious MacArthur fellowship “genius grant”. San Francisco Performances also took note of Regina’s exceptional work and appointed her Artist-in-Residence for five years. Most recently, the acclaimed violinist was selected as the 2017 Showcase Artist for the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival and…

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Terry Bozzio

October 10 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Drum legend Terry Bozzio is known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, Alan Holdsworth, Quincy Jones and countless others. He is a Grammy-winner, RockWalk Honoree, Modern Drummer Magazine‘s Hall of Fame awardee, and is in Rolling Stone‘s Top 5 Drummers of All Time. Bozzio accompanies himself with bass note patterns and, at the same time, melodically solos with highly-developed coordination skills to express a complete musical statement on the drum set. Drawing from jazz, classical, and…

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Ethan Iverson – Mark Turner Duo

October 11 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Pianist/composer/writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and Dave King. Iverson has also been in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart Quartet for well over a decade and his website, Do The Math, has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis and is one of the reason Time Out New York named Iverson as one of 25 essential New York Jazz icons. In a career that spans two decades and encompasses…

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Vicente Amigo at Rio Theatre

October 16 @ 7:30 pm
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States

Revered by fellow guitarists such as Paco de Lucía and Pat Metheny, Spanish guitarist Vicente Amigo has become renowned as a master. Following in de Lucía’s footsteps, he’s forged musical ties with artists around the world, from Sting to Milton Nascimento and Eliane Elias, to jazz guitar innovators including John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola. Born outside of Seville and raised in Córdoba, Amigo began working professionally as a teen, accompanying noted flamenco singer El Pele and guitarist Manolo Sánlucar, with whom he toured for six years. By…

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John Scofield Combo 66 with Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer & Bill Stewart – 7:00 PM

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

Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. Looking to commemorate his 66th year, Scofield penned twelve original compositions and formed a swinging new group to record and tour the music. Rising star Gerald Clayton was an obvious choice on piano, an instrument central to the new tunes. The connection between Scofield and drummer…

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John Scofield Combo 66 with Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer & Bill Stewart – 9:00 PM

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

Aside from being one of the principal innovators of modern jazz guitar, John Scofield is a creative artist of an even rarer sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity. Looking to commemorate his 66th year, Scofield penned twelve original compositions and formed a swinging new group to record and tour the music. Rising star Gerald Clayton was an obvious choice on piano, an instrument central to the new tunes. The connection between Scofield and drummer…

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Christian Sands Trio

October 19 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Not yet 30, Christian Sands is currently one of the most in-demand pianists working in jazz. In the last few years he has toured around the world as a bandleader and recently appeared as a sideman on records by Christian McBride and Gregory Porter. After the one-two punch of Reach and Reach Further-EP, Sands’ dynamic Mack Avenue Records debut and his live/unreleased studio tracks EP follow-up, his new album, Facing Dragons, marks Sands’ return to an indestructible band and an…

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Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

October 25 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Hailed by DownBeat Magazine as one of the top 20 jazz drummers, Allison Miller marries her love of composition, drumming, and community in the form of her critically acclaimed band, Boom Tic Boom. Described as cinematic chamber jazz, this leading-edge sextet’s music—featuring Jenny Scheinman on violin, Dawn Clement on piano, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Tony Scherr on bass, and Miller on drums- is at turns challenging and accessible, teasing and tough, virtuosic but never overbearing, and…

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Karrin Allyson

October 29 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Throughout the course of her fifteen albums, Karrin Allyson, five-time Grammy nominee, has demonstrated the uncanny ability to ‘get inside’ a lyric – to take over a song and reshape it into something magical. The New York Times writes that has posseses an “exceptionally keen eye for the smart, semi-obscure pop or jazz number that speaks directly to the moment.” Now, in a brand-new album, Allyson steps forward commandingly in a new role – as songwriter – revealing thirteen new…

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November 2018

Benny Green Trio

November 5 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Benny Green’s flair for tasteful swinging, both elegant and earthy, burns bright with flawless technique and imaginative, one-of-a-kind improvisational lines. His keyboard genius has bolstered the vocal artistry of Betty Carter, served in the ranks of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and succeeded the great Gene Harris in the Ray Brown Trio. Soon after joining Ray’s trio in 1993, Benny recorded BassFace: Live at the Kuumbwa. His latest release, Happiness! Live at Kuumbwa, was also recorded live on our stage. Despite exploring other styles of jazz,…

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Sammy Miller & The Congregation

November 8 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Sammy Miller & The Congregation are on a mission to put generosity into jazz and bring art to the people. A native of Los Angeles, Grammy-nominated drummer Miller has become known for his relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they share the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. Award winning theatre incubator, Ars Nova…

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StringShot with Badi Assad, Roy Rogers & Carlos Reyes

November 12 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Badi Assad, Roy Rogers and Carlos Reyes have joined together as StringShot, creating a synthesis of blues and Latin music rich and interplay and repertoire that promises to dazzle audiences. Rogers is renowned as one of the world’s great slide guitarists, has collaborated with John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt and others, and has been nominated for right Grammy awards. Assad has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the world’s great guitarists and is also an innovative vocalist and…

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Barrio Manouche

November 15 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Barrio Manouche is an acoustic, San Francisco-based septet playing music that will take you on a journey around the globe featuring bandmembers from Spain, Quebec, France, Brazil and California. The band performs a repertoire of original instrumental compositions with a unique sound that is influenced by a range of musical traditions, from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the flamenco of Paco de Lucía, to the avant-garde sounds of…

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