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April 2018

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective – 9:00 PM

April 30 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Celebrating International Jazz Day! “Music and art have the power to change hearts and souls,” expresses composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard — a belief brought to life through the music of Blanchard and his E-Collective. This revolutionary ensemble thrives off the perfect mixture of Blanchard’s genius and the innovations of four young musical pioneers: guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard Jr., and drummer Oscar Seaton. It was while recording the scores for Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Kasi Lemmons’ Talk to Me that Blanchard and Seaton first…

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May 2018

Tony Lindsay Presents: Black Magic with Special Guest Chris Cain

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

As the lead vocalist for Santana for twenty-five years—as well as the leader of the popular San Francisco Bay Area R&B, jazz and dance group Spangalang—Tony Lindsay has garnered eleven Grammy Awards, travelled on several world tours and recorded many albums. He’s collaborated with an impressive list of artists, including Tevin Campbell, O’Jays, Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Teddy Pendergrass and Aretha Franklin. His full-bodied tenor has paved the way for his participation in a variety of musical projects, including a…

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Kurt Elling with Special Guest Marquis Hill – 7:00 PM

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

Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. Grammy-nominated over a dozen times, Elling has been honored with international jazz awards, including the prestigious Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs. Elling’s rich baritone spoans four octaves and features astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards,…

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Kurt Elling with Special Guest Marquis Hill – 9:00 PM

May 7 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He won DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. Grammy-nominated over a dozen times, Elling has been honored with international jazz awards, including the prestigious Edison Jazz Oeuvreprijs. Elling’s rich baritone spoans four octaves and features astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards,…

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Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers

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

Celebrating the eightieth birth year of the legendary R&B singer songwriter, Blue Note recording artist José James presents “Lean On Me: José James Celebrates Bill Withers.” Vetted personally by Mr. Withers himself, the show is an exploration of the deep musical catalogue that touched millions of hearts and united communities worldwide. Featuring Withers’ top ten hits as well as his soul ballads and rare grooves, James brings both a deep musical appreciation and a contemporary approach to songs such as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Hope She’ll…

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Lizz Wright

May 11 @ 7:30 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright is a steward of American music, bringing brilliant color and vibrancy to singular original works and compositions by some of the greatest songwriters of our time. Wright has harnered widespread attention as one of the most venerable popular singers of her generation through the release of five critically acclaimed albums. From her breakout debut, Salt, through to her latest album, Grace, Wright lives a live filled with beautiful possibilities centered on the power of song and…

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Cyrille Aimée

May 14 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Improvisation is not just a technique for Cyrille Aimeée, it’s a way of life. The acclaimed vocalist ventured from singing on street corners in Europe to dazzling audiences at the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals; from sneaking out to sing in gypsy encampments in her native France to acting on Broadway; from braving the notoriously tough audiences at New York’s Apollo Theatre to bring called a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers” by The New York Times. Among…

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Larry Carlton – 7:00 PM

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

When you count The Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan and Barbra Streisand amongst your musical credits, it’s no surprise that your resume would include over 3,000 recording sessions…and that’s all before 1980. Inspired by legends such as Joe Pass, Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery, guitarist Larry Carlton has been expanding upon that impressive foundation and cementing his notoriety as one of the most identifiable guitarists in contemporary music. With the nickname of “Mr. 335” after his signature Gibson guitar, Mitchell describes his…

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Larry Carlton – 9:00 PM

May 15 @ 9:00 pm

When you count The Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan and Barbra Streisand amongst your musical credits, it’s no surprise that your resume would include over 3,000 recording sessions…and that’s all before 1980. Inspired by legends such as Joe Pass, Barney Kessel and Wes Montgomery, guitarist Larry Carlton has been expanding upon that impressive foundation and cementing his notoriety as one of the most identifiable guitarists in contemporary music. With the nickname of “Mr. 335” after his signature Gibson guitar, Mitchell describes his…

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Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band

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

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band represents the best of the best 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 Terrel Eaton, the band gains vital performing experience at special events and festivals…

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Asleep At The Wheel at Rio Theatre

May 19 @ 7:30 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Ray Benson founded Asleep At The Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. the Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup on the album includes legends such as…

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Amendola vs. Blades vs. Parker vs. Baptista // Pascal Le Boeuf’s “Ritual Being” feat. Friction String Quartet

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

While rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area scene, drummer Scott Amendola has become the nexus for a disparate community of musicians stretching from Los Angeles and Seattle to Chicago and New York. After many years as a sideman collaborating with the likes of John Zorn and Charlie Hunter Amendola took on a new role as bandleader in 1998 as an outlet to realize himself as a composer. Amendola vs. Blades vs. Parker vs. Baptista features Wil Blades on organ and clavinet,…

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Live & Local: Santa Cruz Women of Jazz

May 31 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

The Santa Cruz Women of Jazz will take you on a journey from swing-era classics of the 30’s and 40’s up through the contemporary jazz repertoire. Featuring an impressive line-up of Jazz Birds featuring: Gail Cruse, Vicki Coffis and Cher Peterson—along with local divas Ann Whittington, Charmaigne Scott, Stella D’Oro, Ruby Rudman and Judy Turowski. Accompanying these vocalists is a top-shelf band featuring Brad Hecht, Gino Raugi, Bill Boasch, Phil Smith, and Olaf Schiappacasse. $21.00/Advance $26.25/Door | All Ages (5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service fee not included)…

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June 2018

Monsieur Periné – 7:00 PM

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

One of the leading bands in Colombia’s new music scene, Monsieur Periné won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist and earned a Grammy nomination for their most recent album, Caja de Musica. Rooted in gypsy jazz and celebrating the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Monsieur Periné’s fresh style adds a variety of Latin elements to the mix. Incorporating genres like cumbia, son, bloreo, tango and samba the band performs on traditional South American instruments, from the charango to the…

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Monsieur Periné – 9:00 PM

June 7 @ 9:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

One of the leading bands in Colombia’s new music scene, Monsieur Periné won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist and earned a Grammy nomination for their most recent album, Caja de Musica. Rooted in gypsy jazz and celebrating the tradition of Django Reinhardt, Monsieur Periné’s fresh style adds a variety of Latin elements to the mix. Incorporating genres like cumbia, son, bloreo, tango and samba the band performs on traditional South American instruments, from the charango to the…

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

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

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band marked their 20th anniversary in 2017 with the release of their sublime fifth album, Body and Shadow, a succinct nine-track mediation on lightness/darkness that arrives like a balm for the soul, ebbing and flowing with grace, subtlety and no shortness of beauty. Formed in 1997, the band released their eponymous debut in 1998, but the bond among the musicians goes back even further. Blade, the band’s namesake and drummer, first met pianist Jon Cowherd…

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Broken Shadows with Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson & Dave King

June 14 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

Broken Shadows is a quartet of kindred spirits communing over shared loves and common inspirations, radiating not only homage but aspiration – to make music with deep roots that reach out into the present moment, alive and attuned and moving. These four musicians hailing from the urban northern half of America – Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson and Dave King – have banded together to reinterpret the timeless sounds conjured by great men from the rural South and heartland…

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Thumbscrew with Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara & Mary Halvorson

June 18 @ 7:00 pm
Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

The trio Thumbscrew came about by accident, after bassist Michael Formanek subbed in a band including guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Something special happened among them right away, so they formed a trio, a co-operative in the truest sense. They play originals by all hands, compositions whose rhythms may surge or lag or veer sideways according to their own internal logic. Bass and drums solo within the ensemble, not in quarantine. No one needs to be loudest. The…

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