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Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Open Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Long-time favorite

One of the unique aspects of Santa Cruz is the local arts, including musical arts. This long-time... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
Capitola, California
Terrific Small Jazz Club

Tucked into a corner behind the Bagelry on Cedar Street lies a hidden treasure: Kuumbwa Jazz... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Santa Cruz
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16 Apr 2018
“Long-time favorite”
13 Mar 2017
“Terrific Small Jazz Club”
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320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4348
+1 831-427-2227
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

One of the unique aspects of Santa Cruz is the local arts, including musical arts. This long-time establishment pours on the class. Not a location for a large hard rock concert but an intimate venue where one may sit near the performance, have a small...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Tucked into a corner behind the Bagelry on Cedar Street lies a hidden treasure: Kuumbwa Jazz Center. It is reminiscent of the old jazz clubs of Greenwich Village. The headliners are usually there on Monday nights, after performing at larger Bay Area venues on the...More

Thank karenkhazar
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I came here while visiting family. For a $30-ticket, we enjoyed an amazing show. A drummer, lead guitarist, bassist, and a sax player totally wowed us! These were well known artists too, and it's great that they come and perform herE. Every...More

1  Thank Elizabeth P
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This is my favorite spot in the entire region for serious jazz listening. In its 40th year, this non-profit Jazz performance and education organization delivers great performing jazz artists in an intimate, relaxed setting. The audiences are there to listen, not to chat or get...More

Thank pathnik18
Reviewed 25 July 2014

This place has been here for years and I am constantly reminded how great a place it is every time I go there. Not a bad seat in the house and a nice sound system as well. They serve drinks and some food. We went...More

1  Thank JiuJitsguy
Reviewed 25 June 2014

You can tell how cool this place is by looking at the other reviews. One more perspective I guess. Was lucky enough to see Jeff Coffin here w/ Felix Pastorius on bass. You like jazz?? you like actually seeing the people play, you like it...More

1  Thank jenLeCreate
Reviewed 14 May 2014

A gem worth seeking out for visitors to Santa Cruz who want to hear quality music. I don't have much to add to the other reviews, just wanted to include a more recent entry. The vibe is great and musicians seem to love performing here....More

1  Thank judiriva
Reviewed 15 October 2013

A lovely venue - wide variety of musical experiences offered - they go out of their way to make sure they have jazz as well as other styles of music in a comfortable and serene setting. NO WAY to get a bad seat - excellent...More

1  Thank chechina
Reviewed 19 June 2012

As members, my husband and I adore escaping to the Kuumbwa on Monday nights for the best jazz in the Bay Area. We have had the privilege of being part of the audience here for 21 years. Get the always freshly made and delicious vegetarian...More

1  Thank Laurielovesfood
Reviewed 12 April 2012

Kuumbwa has been THE place for jazz in Santa Cruz for at least three decades. It's structured as a cooperative, and concerts are typically scheduled 2-3 nights a week. Traveling musicians with national reputations are often booked for the night before, or the night after,...More

1  Thank JimBrown
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