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October 2018

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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Ray Brown Quintet with Eddie Mendenhall

November 26 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Ray Brown, former trumpet/arranger for Stan Kenton and Count Basie is a local music legend. His acclaimed, though recently disbanded, Great Big Band, performed at venues from the Monterey Jazz Festival to the Stanford Jazz Festival and his new Quintet, featuring Brown on vibraphone, brings his keen musical sensibilities to a smaller ensemble format. Brown will be joined on this concert date by fellow local jazz stalwart, pianist Eddie Mendenhall, as well as Erik Jekabson on trumpet, Kanoa Mendenhall on…

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Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing with Chico Pinheiro & Scott Colley

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

Grammy-winner Luciana Souza is one of jazz’s leading vocalists and interpreters. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in a family of bossa nova innovators – her father a singer and songwriter, her mother a poet and lyricist. Souza’s work as a performer transcends traditional genre boundaries, offering roots in jazz, world music lineage and an enlightened approach to new music. On this concert date she will perform The Book of Longing, a setlist based on words and poetry,…

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December 2018

Steve Gadd Band – 7:00 PM

December 3 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

One of the most highly acclaimed and prolific drummers in history, Steve Gadd has performed on thousands of recording sessions and live gigs.  He has supplied the core rhythmic foundation on iconic recordings from an astounding list of artists such as Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, B.B. King, George Benson, James Brown and Al Jarreau, just to cite a tiny percentage of his discography. On the Steve Gadd Band’s self-titled fourth album, Gadd shifts into the position of leader and producer,…

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Steve Gadd Band – 9:00 PM

December 3 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

One of the most highly acclaimed and prolific drummers in history, Steve Gadd has performed on thousands of recording sessions and live gigs.  He has supplied the core rhythmic foundation on iconic recordings from an astounding list of artists such as Steely Dan, Paul McCartney, B.B. King, George Benson, James Brown and Al Jarreau, just to cite a tiny percentage of his discography. On the Steve Gadd Band’s self-titled fourth album, Gadd shifts into the position of leader and producer,…

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Helen Sung: Sung With Words

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

An award-winning classical pianist before jazz intervened “in the form of a Tommy Flanagan solo”, pianist/composer Helen Sung went on to graduate from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now captivating listeners everywhere with a riveting artistry that seamlessly integrates the jazz and classical worlds, Sung’s latest album Anthem For A New Day, which features Grammy-winning NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, heralds…

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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: Navidad Mexicana at Rio Theatre

December 9 @ 7:00 pm
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States

Perhaps the greatest tribute to Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles – the first all-female mariachi in the United States – is that there are now other all-female mariachi groups. It is the growing proof that when mariachi maestro Jose Hernandez founded Reyna de Los Angeles, it wasn’t a novelty; it was a genre. Reyna, which was formed in 1994, has taken the history of women in mariachi from being solely singers to being the full complement of musical performers. The…

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Mike Stern-Dave Weckl Band with Bob Malach & Tom Kennedy – 7:00 PM

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

Having cut his teeth in Miles Davis’s 1980s comeback band, guitarist Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy nominee who first jumped on the scene as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears and through his work with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Stern is a true virtuoso capable of dreamy, emotive ballads and searing jazz-rockers. Co-leading the band is powerhouse drummer Dave Weckl, rounded out by saxophonist Bob Malach and bassist Tom Kennedy. $42/Advance $47.25/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge…

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Mike Stern-Dave Weckl Band with Bob Malach & Tom Kennedy – 9:00 PM

December 10 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Having cut his teeth in Miles Davis’s 1980s comeback band, guitarist Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy nominee who first jumped on the scene as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears and through his work with legendary drummer Billy Cobham. Stern is a true virtuoso capable of dreamy, emotive ballads and searing jazz-rockers. Co-leading the band is powerhouse drummer Dave Weckl, rounded out by saxophonist Bob Malach and bassist Tom Kennedy. $31.50/Advance $36.75/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge…

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn at Rio Theatre

December 11 @ 7:30 pm
Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 United States

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Fleck…

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Adam Shulman Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 13 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Best known as part of Marcus Shelby’s Jazz Orchestra and a creative force on the San Francisco jazz scene for the past decade, pianist Adam Shulman reprises his tribute to Bay Area jazz legend Vince Guaraldi and his soundtrack to Charles Schulz’s 1965 holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Among the most beloved holiday albums of all time, A Charlie Brown Christmas has been certified Triple Platinum with sales of over three million copies. Shulman studied music at UC Santa Cruz, soaked up bandstand wisdom from the…

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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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