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

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We have five recordings out. "ONWARD," the fifth, is available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kurtribak3.

You can buy our records at CDBaby. You can buy physical CDs or downloads, including higher-quality mp3s or FLAC files. You can also download at iTunes or emusic. You can also buy it at a brick-and-mortar independent record stores, namely The Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland, and at Bird & Beckett Books & Records , 653 Chenery, San Francisco, CA.

The recording musicians are Greg Sankovich, Ross Wilson, Lincoln Adler, Alan Hall, Michaelle Goerlitz, Myles Boisen, and Russ Gold. 


Kurt Ribak Quintet played the San Francisco Jazz Festival Thursday, June 20.

SFJAZZ wrote some really nice stuff about us:

“Joyous, grooving, bluesy, sophisticated and masterful" could all be accurately use to describe bassist and composer Kurt Ribak’s music, but perhaps an assessment is best left to the man himself, who calls his rollicking mix of bebop sophistication and body-moving grooves “Charles Mingus meets The Meters.” Ribak brings his superb working quartet, performing music from their most recent album "Onward."

A Berkeley native, Ribak parlayed his formative musical experiences as a cellist and member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus into a passion for the bass, studying at Cal Berkeley and Boston’s Berklee College of Music before returning to the East Bay and establishing a well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected creative forces on the scene. At the top of his creative game, Ribak suffered a devastating injury in a 2012 car accident that shattered his left arm and led to a dozen surgeries, leaving the bassist’s musical future in serious doubt. Through extensive physical rehab and endless persistence, Ribak re-learned to play and eventually returned to the bandstand, and it is this hard-won struggle to reclaim his life and career that led to Onward, his most personal statement to date. With a renewed sense of urgency and the accompaniment of his telepathic quartet, including saxophonist Lincoln Adler and keyboardist Greg Sankovich, Kurt Ribak is back for the long haul."

There's also a blog post SFJAZZ asked me to about my injury and recovery here: https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/kurt-ribak-interview/.


Kurt Ribak - original jazz
Tuesday, September 24
Two sets, starting at 8 PM
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse


2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
all ages except "babes in arms"

event info: https://www.thefreight.org/event/1868878-kurt-ribak-his-mighty-combo-berkeley/
Freight & Salvage interior

The Mighty Combo is Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, Ross Wilson brass, Myles Boisen guitar and lap steel guitar, David Rokeach drums, Michaelle Goerlitz percussion, and Kurt on bass and vocals. The members of this band have played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wild Mango, Tom Waits, kd lang, Benny Velarde, and many more stars as well.

The Freight and Salvage is one of the best venues around. It's comfortable, without a single bad seat in the house. The sound is outstanding, and the venue is easily accessible by car or public transit.

There are plenty of restaurants in the area, including Comal and Revival. Seating is general admission. Doors open at 7 PM, two sets starting at 8 PM.

Our 2018 Freight show was described by attendees as an outstanding show in a town that sees many great performances.  The Freight and Salvage is one of the best venues around.  I love playing here and seeing shows.  It's comfortable, without a single bad seat in the house.

Curious what you missed last time at The Freight, and want to get some sense of what the show will be like?  Or do you want another chance to see last year's show?  Check out our YouTube channel.  It features a bunch of performances from our Freight & Salvage show last year.

You can buy Kurt Ribak's recordings: at CDBaby or by the download there, on iTunes, emusic.com, Spotify, and all the other usual online sources.

At The Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland, CA

At Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA

At Bird & Beckett Books & Records,653 Chenery, San Francisco, CA

videos - we have a YouTube Channel

Performances, interviews of Kurt Ribak

These video interviews were 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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