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Kurt Ribak (pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes) - gigs

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RECORDINGS - We have three CDs out.  You can also get downloads.  We're gonna record another this year.


Gigs
I'm still recovering from the June19, 2012 injuries to my arm and hand, two years later.  Surgeries and therapy continue.  
We are working on the next recording.


The first event I'm posting is not a gig of mine - it's a fundraiser for Joan Mankin.

Joan Mankin is a hugely talented performer and director. She's going to need long term intensive care - she's been diagnosed with ALS and FTD. There's a fundraiser for her at ACT's Theater Oct. 5. I can't attend, so I'm donating.

https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/the-queenie-moon-conspiracy-/231556/donate#pp
photo Joan Mankin

ALS - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

FTD - frontotemporal dementia.  The cell damage caused by frontotemporal dementia leads to tissue shrinkage and reduced function in the brain's frontal and temporal lobes, which control planning and judgment; emotions, speaking and understanding speech; and certain types of movement.





House Concert!

Kurt Ribak Quartet - original Jazz
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2 pm

Poplar Playhouse Berkeley, CA
www.berkeleyhouseconcerts.org

$10-20 sliding scale, all proceeds to the artist.
Email linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org, call 510-219-7750, or go to www.berkeleyhouseconcerts.org
to reserve seats.

Kurt on bass, Greg Sankovich on keys, Lincoln Adler on sax, and Michaelle Goerlitz on percussion. It's a small room so go to the www.berkeleyhouseconcerts.org site to reserve seats beforehand.

House concerts are popular as a way for musicians to play a concert for a listening audience.




The Deconstruction Orchestra - improvised music led by tenor saxophonist Josh Allen
Sunday, October 5, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Musician's Union
116 Ninth St.
Sa
n Francisco, CA 94103
$8-$10 admission


If you want to hear me play in an avant-garde setting, here's your chance.  A lot of the best players in the imprivised music scene are on this gig.  I'm quoting the press release below:

"A power house big band of immense proportions.

Josh Allen - conductor/composer/tenor saxophone.
Jason Hoopes bass. Kurt Ribak bass. Mark Miller drums. Timothy Orr drums. Roger Reidlbaur guitar. John Finkbeiner guitar. Nick Obando alto. Rent Romus alto. Rory Snyder alto. Steve Adams tenor. Sam Flores tenor. Joshua Marshall tenor. John Vaughn bari. David Slusser bari. Matt Streich trombone. Matt Gaspari fluglehorn. George Moore trumpet. Collette McCaslin cornet

San Francisco-based composer-bandleader Joshua Allen and his high-energy innovative 25-piece Deconstruction Orchestra will perform The Structure of Sound and Space, an original deconstructivist-inspired suite of cell structure game compositions. Melding together post-modern, free jazz, non-idiomatic improvisation, and San Francisco’s vast highly diverse contemporary music scenes, the Deconstruction Orchestra is inspired by the large ensemble works of late 20th century composer/directors such as Marco Enedi, Cecil Taylor, and the works of Butch Morris, and Kim Richmond. Under the direction Joshua Allen, the orchestra creates a powerfully cathartic architecture of sound creating a sonic space around the listener and redefining the purpose of the large ensemble.

$10/8
"



Jinx Jones and Jessica Rose - Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, and more
Thursday, October 9, 8 PM-10 PM
Atlas Cafe

www.atlascafe.net

3049 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
(20th at Alabama, between Folsom and Potrero)
Phone:(415)648-1047
No cover, All ages.

The Atlas is a nice space.  Magazines to read, lots of good inexpensive food, good beer, live music.  Jinx Jones is a genuine guitar hero, Jessica Rose has a really good voice.  No cover, good live music, cheap good food and drink - you really can't go wrong.  Sometimes there are guests, too, including some of the best folks on the local scene.



Kurt Ribak Quartet - original Jazz
Friday, October 10, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM

The Hedley Club Lounge
Hotel De Anza
233 W. Santa Clara, San Jose, CA
no cover

hedley room ceiling.jpgHotel De
              Anza exterior

I'll be leading a quartet playing my tunes with Markos Sowlakis on alto sax and clarinets, Scott Foster on guitar, and Randy Odell on drums.  Markos is an outstanding clarinetist and bass clarinetist as well as a fine sax player.  He brings an intersting take to my music.  Scott Foster is one of the best guitarists in the Bay Area.  Randy Odell and I have played together over 20 years, playing jazz gigs, church services - and the circus.

The Hedley Club Lounge is one of the nicest rooms in Silicon Valley, with Moorish-themed decor from the Art Deco era.




Jinx Jones and the Jazzabilly All-Stars - Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, Surf, Jazz and more
Friday, October 17, 8:30 - 11 PM
Speisekammer

2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501 (near Park)
522-1300
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar
speisekammer logo
speisekammer front
 This place has really good German food, a great beer selection, a full bar, and is a place I've often gone to on my own time and dime, and has a hopping music scene. 
Jinx Jones is a gen - u - wine guitar hero and well worth checking out. 
Check out the article on Jinx in the SF Chronicle's SFGateJinx has played with Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry, recorded with En Vogue, and many others.

If you want to hear the band I strongly recommend reservations specifying your seating preference near the band, or sitting at the bar.  This is an eclectic night of music. The music can range from "Misirlou" (the song that licks off "Pulp Fiction") to Thelonious Monk to Merle Haggard, and if Jinx is feeling it, you might get a couple of real surprise tunes at the end of the night.  I know he's surprised me!




Jinx Jones and the King Tones - Rockabilly, trad country, and surf
Saturday, October 18, noon to 3 PM
Sand Dollar Restaurant
3458 California 1 (Highway 1),
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar
sand dollar facade
 
The Sand Dollar has been around since 1921.  Inside is a converted vintage houseboat, of the sort that used to be found around San Francisco and Marin County in the late 19th century.  Out on the deck are umbrellas and live music for the Saturday afternoon crowd. 


Jinx Jones is a gen - u - wine guitar hero and well worth checking out.  Check out the article on Jinx in the SF Chronicle's SFGate Jinx has played with Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry, recorded with En Vogue, and many others.

This show will have little or no jazz, but lotsa hot surf instrumentals, classic Country, and heapin' helpings of rockabilly.  The Sand Dollar has good seafood and a good bar.  Plus it's in Marin County right by the ocean.  It's a great stop on a day trip or with a visit in itself.




Kurt Ribak Trio - Original Jazz

Friday, October 24, 7 PM to 11 PM
The Cliff House - bar / restaurant
http://www.cliffhouse.com/
1090 Point Lobos, SF, CA
415-386-3330
All ages, no cover
Cliff House
We play in the lounge, although you can also hear us in Sutro's, the main dining room.  Kurt's on bass, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax.  Come a bit before we start and watch the set into the Pacific.


House Concert!

Kurt Ribak Quartet - original Jazz
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2 pm

Poplar Playhouse Berkeley, CA
www.berkeleyhouseconcerts.org

$10-20 sliding scale, all proceeds to the artist.
Email linda@berkeleyhouseconcerts.org, call 510-219-7750, or go to www.berkeleyhouseconcerts.org
to reserve seats.

Kurt on bass, Greg Sankovich on keys, Lincoln Adler on sax, and Michaelle Goerlitz on percussion. It's a small room so go to the www.berkeleyhouseconcerts.org site to reserve seats beforehand.

House concerts are popular as a way for musicians to play a concert for a listening audience.



Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
Sunday, October 26 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cafe Claude
Café Claude Downtown
7 Claude Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

(t) 415.392.3505
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar

interior Cafe Claude
I'll be playing a jazz trio gig with guitarist Jinx Jones.   Jinx will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on the tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Kenny Burrell.  Cafe Claude has a small zinc bar (it's pretty much the only place you can see the band) and really good French food.
Cafe Claude is on an alley running parallel to and one block west ("uphill") from Kearney, between Bush and Sutter, in the Financial District.

There's a newer Cafe Claude in the Marina, but this ain't it.
claude lane dusk
View down Claude Lane.  I took this photo on my phone during a set break.



Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
Friday, October 31 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Cafe Claude
Café Claude Downtown
7 Claude Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

(t) 415.392.3505
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar

interior Cafe Claude
I'll be playing a jazz trio gig with guitarist Jinx Jones.   Jinx will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on the tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Kenny Burrell.  Cafe Claude has a small zinc bar (it's pretty much the only place you can see the band) and really good French food.
Cafe Claude is on an alley running parallel to and one block west ("uphill") from Kearney, between Bush and Sutter, in the Financial District.

There's a newer Cafe Claude in the Marina, but this ain't it.
 


Kurt Ribak Trio Merchandise

You can buy the Kurt Ribak Trio CDs:
>online at CDBaby or by the download there, on iTunes, emusic.com, and all the other usual online sources
>at The Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland,
>at Down Home Music,
10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.
Buy the CD online - or buy downloads!

CD sales in Japan
Disk Union, a prominent jazz label in Japan, licensed the track "Tango Para Mi Padre" from our CD "gone." They licensed the track "Prima," from the "more" CD by the Kurt Ribak Trio.   We are also included in their "Jazz Bar 2008" recording, a compilation of recent jazz recordings.  The track "Pseudoafrocubanismo" from our debut CD ("Kurt Ribak Trio" - three fingers cover) was included in "Jazz Bar 2007," which has been selling well in Japan. 

Our newest CD, "gone" has been selling especially well in Japan.

 

videos

Video interview of Kurt Ribak

This video interview was made by Lincoln Adler - www.LincolnAdler.com. Lincoln plays with us often and is the saxophonist of Times 4, the jazz-funk group Greg Sankovich also plays in.






Kurt Ribak Trio at Yoshi's San Francisco - June 30, 2009



The poster below was done by Maurice Tani, who also leads the country group 77 El Deora.

benefit poster



"...KURT'S ability to take you on a journey from the deepest waters of the Caribbean to the funky alleys of the urban jungle in one listening makes him a truly gifted original in my book." 
Chris Cortez, KCSM FM


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