Willie K. At Moe’s Alley This Sunday, Nov. 8th 2015


Multi instrumentalist, Multi talented Willie K. is blasting into Moe’s Alley Sunday November 8th for 2 blistering sets of blues, a smattering of jazz and perhaps a traditional tune from this virtuoso Hawaiian entertainer. Listen to Wiki Wiki Wednesday on Nov 4 for an interview!

Willie K, from a large musical family, has taken in diverse influences all his life.  As is said in the Islands, he “can play Any Kine,” and he can “sing, small kine,” ~ Willie K., singing ’bout that life; we know this and that he does it wonderfully in his own masterful Willie K. way.

Help welcome this traveling blues man, musician, singer & guitar slinger.  Enjoy yourself as you “het Up” Moe’s Alley on a cool November Sunday evening. The Moe’s Alley door opens at 7:30, the rocking and blues shouting will commence at 8:00 pm. Willie K. comes to us from the middle of Maui, the Valley Isle, which is No Ka ‘Oi, the Best. That’s the way to play …on a Sunday.  For that lil bit of halo, lil bit of horns, get ma’k, get set, GO – Lace your your dancing shoes & let us see ya move your feet!



Album to Hear Now: The Epic

Millennials everywhere, beware! The word “epic” has finally found its rightful place in the modern world and it has little to do with your festival experience or favorite burrito joint. Kamasi Washington Dectet, a tight-knit jazz regiment headed by the masterful composer and saxophonist best known for his work with Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, dropped their 3-disc debut The Epic (Brainfeeder Records, 2015) this Tuesday, a timely release just under two months after To Pimp a Butterfly (Interscope Records, 2015) took music media by a storm and brought jazz back into the limelight. Washington has been in the touring game since college (to wit: Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, Raphael Saadiq, Chaka Khan), and spent much of his time back home in LA recording with ten collaborators, and with Flying Lotus’ help would record 190 songs in one month in 2011. Kamasi and his cohorts go way back, but the dectet is looking forward, combining their influences and training to put jazz on the radar for listeners across the board. Four years after the Kamasi Washington Dectet’s Silver Lake recording marathon, a short list of 17 tracks spanning three hours would be compiled and released as one of the most ambitious, genre-spanning debuts to be made this century. The music is free-flowing, expressive, evocative of jazz godheads like Trane and Sun Ra but transcending classic quotations for something near surreal — it’s skyward-looking music, it’s beyond what is now. And that, friends, is EPIC.


Omar Sosa: Tribute to Miles

Omar Sosa and his group have released a new CD entitled Eggun- a tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. Melodies are constructed by taking bits and pieces of Miles’ various solos throughout the album and, in the process, a new tune is created. It stretches the boundaries of what the music on Kind of Blue previously held while at the same time it takes the sound forward, paying perfect homage to the original. When played live with his sextet at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz last April, it brought down the house. The show was sold out, however it was one of those rare nights when the standing room people didn’t grump while they were grooving. Hear tracks from Eggun on the Stirrin’ The Soup Jazz Collective Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm on KZSC.

-Jared Frazier, KZSC Jazz Director

Enjoy this little shoutout from Omar’s show that you might be hearing over the airwaves in the near future:


Synapse(!) @ Club Kuumbwa


If you weren’t at Kuumbwa Jazz Center for progressive jazz-fusion group Synapse(!) last Saturday night, you surely missed out! The dynamic, sharp styling of saxophonist Nikki Mokover and trumpeter Nick Bianchini was backed by an amazing rhythm section; featuring percussion monster Jaime Sanchez, keyboardist Ittai Rosenbaum and bassist Robert Ross. Oliver Whitcroft provided live sampling and looping throughout the show as well. The 1.5 hour set took the entire audience by force- with wild dancing, cheering and general mind expansion as a result.

Synapse(!) is “a cultural culmination of musicians whose diverse backgrounds each add a unique flavor to a fresh yet mature sound. Synapse is alchemy, melting multiple genres into one in pursuance of solid gold.”


Club Kuumbwa is a concert series launched by Kuumbwa Jazz Center’s own Bennett Jackson, and strives to be a venue that provides a casual setting to showcase local/independent artists, all while being accessible to a larger community audience at a lower cover charge. Bennett encourages up-and-coming artists to contact them for booking, and new dates continue to be added, so don’t miss the next Club Kuumbwa Show!


April 30th: International Jazz Day!



If you didn’t know, today, April 30th, is International Jazz Day! Around the world, musicians and listeners alike are celebrating the both the historical and contemporary significance of America’s greatest musical treasure. Featuring performances by renowned artists all over the world, think of today as Christmas for jazz lovers worldwide. The hosts of Wednesday’s 2-4pm jazz show Stirrin’ the Soup are ecstatic to share this day with you, so tune in on KZSC to hear some great jazz this afternoon!

Courtesy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), please enjoy the International Jazz Day 2014 Global Concert in Osaka, Japan below via recorded live stream:


The Jazz Charts: End of April

As we barrel towards summer, don’t let the heat get to your head, hepcats. Stay cool and enjoy what’s swinging high this week in KZSC’s Jazz Department.


1    ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ    The Invasion Parade    Mack Avenue
2    LISA HILTON    Kaleidoscope    Self-Released
3    KRIS BOWERS    Heroes + Misfits    Concord Jazz
4    BAD PLUS    The Rite Of Spring    Sony Masterworks
5    IAN CAREY AND BEN STOLOROW    Duocracy    Kabocha
6    BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA    Mehliana: Taming The Dragon    Nonesuch
7    JANICE BORLA GROUP    Promises To Burn
8    RUDY ROYSTON    303    Greenleaf
9    ULYSSES OWENS    Onward And Upward    D-Clef
10    AMY CERVINI    Jazz Country    Anzic


brianblade_thefellowshipband_landmarks1    BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND    Landmarks    Blue Note
2    MO’FONE    Fonology    Evander
3    JESSICA WILLIAMS    With Love    Origin
4    LENNY MARCUS TRIO    Second Set    Self-Released
5    REGINALD CYNTJE    Elements Of Life    Self-Released

Brian Blade and his fellowship of virtuosos returns with the Brian Blade Fellowship Band’s fourth studio album to date, entitled Landmarks. It’s a pensive, dramatic collection of tasteful compositions – from spatial, spiritual ballads to furious out-bop concourses – with Blade’s dynamic  drum-work that will blast you into aural outer-space. Featuring an instrumentation rarely heard in this capacity, get ready for some Eric Dolphy-esque rips on the bass clarinet and soprano saxophone – courtesy of Myron Walden and Melvin Butler. If I’m not convincing enough, check it out yourself in stores or hear it extensively on Stirrin’ the Soup, Wednesdays 2-4pm. Until then, here’s the Brian Blade Fellowship laying it down at New York’s Village Vanguard last year. This guy sure loves to play.