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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

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

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The Jazz Charts: 3rd Week of April

CHARTS:

1 LISA HILTON Kaleidoscope Self-Released
2 AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note
3 BRAD MEHLDAU AND MARK GUILIANA Mehliana: Taming The Dragon Nonesuch
4 CATHERINE RUSSELL Bring It Back Jazz Village
5 BOSSA ZUZU Under Leaves Under Sky
6 NIR FELDER Golden Age OKeh
7 MONTY ALEXANDER Harlem Kingston Express Volume 2 Motema
8 PETE MILLS Sweet Shadow Cellar Live
9 RUDY ROYSTON 303 Greenleaf
10 SHAWN MAXWELL’S ALLIANCE Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance Chicago Sessions

ADDS:

1 DAVID HAZELTINE For All We Know Smoke Sessions
2 JERRY TACHOIR GROUP Stories Avita
3 NELS CLINE SINGERS Macroscope Mack Avenue
4 MARK BUSELLI Untold Stories oa2
5 VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE East End Sojourn

BOSSA ZUZU
We had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Reckard from neo-Brazilian jazz group BOSSA ZUZU last week. After their fantastic show at Kuumbwa Jazz last wednesday, they are continuing their tour down sunny California promoting their new CD, Under Leaves Under Sky. Check out the group’s website below,  give them a listen and catch them live if you can!

http://www.bossazuzu.com/

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Beatles Unplugged March 14th

If you haven’t seen The White Album Ensemble, you should. They reproduce music that The Beatles recorded but did not perform (“Rubber Soul” through “Abbey Road” albums). The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, with its great acoustics and grand piano, provide a perfect setting for an intimate concert of Beatles songs “unplugged” – acoustic instruments with an accent on vocals and harmonies. Special guests include vocalists Tammi Brown and Alysha Antonino along with percussionist Steve Robertson. The White Album Ensemble’s “Beatles Unplugged” show comes to the Kuumbwa in downtown Santa Cruz Friday, March 14th at 8 pm.

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Jazzuary at it’s End – The Charts and Adds

Here’s what’s happening with Jazz at KZSC! There’s been tons of material dropping in lately, courtesy of all of our lovely promoters:

CHARTS:

1    BEATA PATER    Golden Lady    Self-Released
2    JOHN ABERCROMBIE QUARTET    39 Steps    ECM
3    MICHELLE ZANGARA    Songs Of Blue    MZRecords
4    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    WomanChild    Mack Ave.
5    CHARLES BOLES QUARTET    Blue Continuum    Detroit Music Factory
6    GEORGE COLLIGAN    The Endless Mysteries    Origin
7    CAROLYN LEE JONES    The Performer    Catnround
8    SERGIO GALVAO    Phantom Fish    Pimenta
9    CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Burstin Out    Origin
10    PINK MARTINI    Get Happy    Heinz

ADDS:

1    DONNA SINGER    Jazz In The Living Room    Emerald Bay
2    JOE SULLIVAN    Whiskey Jack Waltz    Perry Lake
3    CORY WEEDS QUINTET    Let’s Go    Cellar Live
4    DEE BELL    Silva Bell Elation
5    JAKE HERTZOG    Throwback    Zoho

Make sure to catch the fabulous John Abercrombie Quartet at Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz Monday February 10th!