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Kuumbwa Jazz Center

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320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | Directions
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Hours: Mon, Sun:7:00 pm - 11:00 pm/Mon, Sun, Tue-Sat:6:00 pm - 11:00 pm/
About Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Kuumbwa Jazz has grown from its small beginnings to one of the most highly respected jazz-presenting institutions in the country, attracting artists of national and international renown. We present over 120 concerts per year at our intimate 200-seat venue plus concerts at the Rio Theatre and Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

Our work at Kuumbwa is guided by the following set of principles and core values.
We are committed to:
The history of jazz by presenting its full spectrum of musical styles
Live performance as experienced in a comfortable, affordable atmosphere conducive to creative expression and connection between musicians and audiences
Educational opportunities for everyone and to nurturing future audiences and musicians
Music as a unifying force that unites people of differing life experiences and promotes understanding across cultural boundaries
Responsible stewardship of our resources to sustain organizational stability and fully realize our mission
Our community as we work to engage with and contribute to the cultural health of our neighborhood and surrounding areas
A respectful environment that supports both recognized and emerging artists, staff, volunteers, patrons and contributors
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