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August 2018

Benedetto Guitars 50th Anniversary with Howard Paul & Brian Nova

August 20 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Founded in 1968 by American luthier Robert Benedetto, Benedetto Guitars of Savannah, Georgia is celebrating 50 years of jazz guitar excellence. The internationally renowned company builds some of the world’s most collectable instruments while still focusing their production on the needs of professional and aspiring jazz guitarists. Benedetto guitars have been played by four generations of jazz masters, including Kenny Burrell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Taylor, Pat Martino and many others. To mark the occasion of the Benedetto Guitars 50th Anniversary are two peerless…

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Victor Wooten Trio with Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini – 7:00 PM

August 21 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Victor Wooten was just two years old when he played his first gigs with the Wooten Brothers Band (featuring Regi on guitar, Roy “Futureman” on drums, Rudy on sax and Joseph on keyboards). They opened shows for Curtis Mayfield, War and others. Eventually settling in Nashville, Wooten connected with like-minded banjoist and composer Béla Fleck and joined forces as the Flecktones. Wooten has earned five Grammy awards, has been honored three times by Bass Player Magazine as “Player of the Year” and is…

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Victor Wooten Trio with Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini – 9:00 PM

August 21 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Victor Wooten was just two years old when he played his first gigs with the Wooten Brothers Band (featuring Regi on guitar, Roy “Futureman” on drums, Rudy on sax and Joseph on keyboards). They opened shows for Curtis Mayfield, War and others. Eventually settling in Nashville, Wooten connected with like-minded banjoist and composer Béla Fleck and joined forces as the Flecktones. Wooten has earned five Grammy awards, has been honored three times by Bass Player Magazine as “Player of the Year” and is…

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Gerald Clayton Quartet with Special Guest Dayna Stephens

August 24 @ 7:00 pm

Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. The four-time Grammy-nominated pianist/composer formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the 2002 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award. Clayton went on to win second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano…

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Jane Monheit

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

Possessing what The New York Times describes as “a voice of phenomenal beauty”, Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalist-musicians. With her new album, The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, the Long Island native has surprised even herself with her artistic leap. Monheit had thought about recording an Ella tribute for a long time. “This record is really different,” she states. “It’s the first I’ve made a recording without a label…

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Live & Local: Steve Wilson & Monterey Jazz All-Stars

August 30 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

A trombonist, vocalist, composer/arranger, and educator, Steve Wilson is a stalwart and key player in our local jazz community. As part of our Live & Local series, Wilson brings the Monterey Jazz All-Stars to the stage, showcasing many of the finest jazz musicians on the Monterey Bay: pianist and saxophonist Gary Meek, bassist Steve Uccello and drummer Any Weiss. $21.00/Advance $26.25/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included) 1/2 Price for Students…

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September 2018

Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy

September 6 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Widely respected jazz drummer Tommy Igoe calls his 12-piece Groove Conspiracy, “A rock band in a jazz band’s body.” Groove Conspiracy covers the gamut of genres with big band style and heavy-hitting arrangements, staking out new rhythmic territory, from funk and R&B to Cuban and Brazilian grooves. Drum educator Igoe gave rhythmic life to Broadway’s The Lion King and was named Best Jazz Drummer in 2014 by Modern Durmmer Magazine. The Groove Conspiracy features alumni of Tower of Power, Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Aretha Franklin,…

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Taylor McFerrin

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

Taylor McFerrin is a jazz/soul/electronic musician and producer whose first recorded appearance was as a background singer on “Jubilee”, a song included on his father Bobby McFerrin‘s 1982 debut album. Moving on three decades, following on from a series of singles and EPs, McFerrin released his debut album, Early Riser, on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint in 2014. The album featured guest appearances from Naipalm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Thundercat, Robert Glasper, and, returning a favour from 32 years prior, Bobby McFerrin. In addition…

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Sexmob Plays Fellini

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

Now celebrating its 20th year, Sexmob – featuring Steven Bernstein on slide trumpet, Briggan Krauss on saxophones, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums – continues to deconstruct tunes with subversive impunity. Bernstein is clear about Sexmob not being a cover band and states, “Covers to me means you play it exactly like the record…I just take songs that I feel have a great melody and do them in my style…” For this concert date Sexmob Plays Fellini, performing Nino…

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at Rio Theatre

September 15 @ 7:30 pm
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States

Creator and innovator, musician and producer, artist, and philanthropist, Herb Alpert is a man with a profound passion. A legendary trumpet player, Alpert’s extraordinary musicianship has earned him five #1 hits, nine Grammy Awards, fifteen Gold albums, fourteen Platinum albums and has sold over 72 million records. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass propelled his sound into the pop music limelight, at one point outselling the Beatles two to one. In 1966, they achieved the since-unmatched feat of simultaneously having…

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