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


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Recordings

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              Ribak Trio - debut CD coverKurt Ribak Trio "more" CD coverKurt Ribak Trio - "gone" CD coverI
              Got One More! cover"onward" record cover


RECORDINGS - We have five recordings. 
Our records are played on KCSM-FM, San Diego's Jazz 88, PRI's "Jazz After Hours" (syndicated on 70 stations), KPFA, KZFR, KKUP, KZSC, KRCB,  soulandjazz.com's "The Creative Source" and more.


The newest record, "onward" features Greg Sankovich, Ross Wilson, Lincoln Adler, Russ Gold, Alan Hall, Michaelle Goerlitz, Myles Boisen, and Kurt
It's our best record yet.  It was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley by Adam Muñoz and produced by Greg, Lincoln, and Kurt.

Purchase: You can buy Kurt Ribak's CDs, downloads, etc. online on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon and all the other usual online sources. 
Try this Songwhip link for streams and downloads of the Kurt Ribak recordings, and this other Songwhip link for recordings of the Kurt Ribak Trio.

Stores that carry our CDs include Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco, and Down Home Music,
10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.


Streaming:
You can also stream us on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, as well as other sources.  Try this Songwhip link for streams and downloads of the Kurt Ribak recordings, and this other Songwhip link for recordings of the Kurt Ribak Trio.


Gigs



DECEMBER GIGS

Kurt Ribak Trio - original jazz
Friday, December 10 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Roxx on Main - downtown Martinez
https://www.roxxonmain.com
627 Main Street, Martinez, CA 94553 
925-370-7699 


The Kurt Ribak Trio returns to
Roxx on Main in downtown Martinez on Friday, December 10 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM. There's no cover, but it's a restaurant. Reservations are strongly recommended - call 925-370-7699. Food service stops at 9 PM, and there is a full bar.
Previously we were playing outside, but we will be inside due to weather. The food is outstanding.
Lesley Elaine Stiles
is the executive chef. She is famed in food circles - you can learn more about her here: https://www.roxxonmain.com/about-lesley-stiles-foods.
Greg Sankovich will be on keyboards, with
Lincoln Adler
on sax. We've played
SFJAZZ
,
Freight & Salvage
, Yoshi's, and played regularly at
Armando's
in Martinez. This is the core of my group. Make a reservation and come see us!

 



MILL VALLEY BRUNCH GIG CONTINUES!


Kurt Ribak - Tim Fox Duo (original and classic vocal and instrumental jazz)
Sunday, Dec. 12, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The Rock & Rye in Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, CA
https://sweetwatermusichall.com/restaurant-2/
The gig at the Rock & Rye continues. I'm playing an outdoors Brunch gig at The Rock & Rye in Sweetwater Music Hall, downtown Mill Valley. It was always a nice space and they've upgraded it! We play in the patio, which has retractable overhead shades so the space is airy yet customers can be comfortable. It's dog-friendly, too.
I'm playing in a duo with guitarist Tim Fox, who is both eclectic and deeply knowledgeable about music and guitar's role in it. Rick Hackett is the executive chef. He was previously at Bocanova in Oakland and Enrico's in San Francisco, where I played many a gig. The food is Latin-American and New Orleans inspired. There's a full bar as well - you can a Bloody Mary or whatever you prefer, listen to us, and enjoy some excellent food.



George Cole - singer-guitarist
Tuesday, Dec. 14 - 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Rendez-Vous Cafe Bistro
https://www.rendezvouscafebistro.com
1111 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94706


This will be a tune-up gig with saxophonist Lincoln Adler and keyboardist Greg Sankovich. We're backing singer-guitarist George Cole. The Rendez-Vous is a sweet little bistro with very good French food. We were playing there regularly pre-pandemic. It's a nice place to come hear us - especially if you can't make the Yoshi's or SFJAZZ shows.







George Cole - singer-guitarist
Thursday, Dec. 16 - two shows - 7 PM and 8:30 PM
SFJAZZ

http://www.sfjazz.org
Joe Henderson Lab
201 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA

I'd been working with singer-guitarist George Cole quite a bit prior to the pandemic. He's a really good singer and hot-shot guitar player. He is also the guitarist for legendary mandolinist David Grisman's band.

These shows will be a tribute to the 1960 Nat King Cole record "The Spirit of Christmas." More info here - https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/sfjazz-hotplate-george-cole-plays-the-magic-of-christmas/




Kurt Ribak - Scott Foster Duo (original and classic vocal and instrumental jazz)
Sunday, Nov. 19, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The Rock & Rye in Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, CA
https://sweetwatermusichall.com/restaurant-2/
The gig at the Rock & Rye continues. I'm playing an outdoors Brunch gig at The Rock & Rye in Sweetwater Music Hall, downtown Mill Valley. It was always a nice space and they've upgraded it! We play in the patio, which has retractable overhead shades so the space is airy yet customers can be comfortable. It's dog-friendly, too.
I'm playing in a duo with guitarist Scott Foster. Scott and I have been playing together a lot lately, but we first played together in the late '90s. Rick Hackett is the executive chef. He was previously at Bocanova in Oakland and Enrico's in San Francisco, where I played many a gig. The food is Latin-American and New Orleans inspired.




George Cole - singer-guitarist
Monday, December 20, 8 PM (one show only)
Yoshi's

http://www.yoshis.com
510 The Embarcadero, Oakland, CA

I'd been working with singer-guitarist George Cole quite a bit prior to the pandemic. He's a really good singer and hot-shot guitar player. He is also the guitarist for legendary mandolinist David Grisman's band.

The band at Yoshi's will be loaded with talent: David Rokeach drums, Marvin McFadden trumpet, Mike Rinta trombone, Greg Sankovich piano, and me on bass. Greg is a cornerstone of my own bands, and David has appeared with my group at SFJAZZ and Freight & Salvage. As always, Yoshi's features a full bar and Japanese food.

For more info, go here - https://yoshis.com/events/buy-tickets/an-evening-with-george-cole/detail




Jazz Christmas Eve Service with the Kurt Ribak Quartet plus vocalist Sheilani Alix
Friday, December 24 - Christmas Eve Service, 7 PM to 8:15 PM

First United Methodist Church
http://www.pointrichmondmethodist.org/
201 Martina Street
(at West Richmond Avenue)
Richmond, CA 94801

First
                  United Methodistfumc stained glass

I have played at this church for about twenty years - playing their Christmas Eve service is an annual tradition for me - one that I cherish.  The church itself is quite lovely in a modest, unpretentious way.  It was built by shipwrights in the dawn of the twentieth century.  It has great acoustics and the congregation is welcoming - here is their mission statement:

We, the people of First United Methodist Church in Point Richmond, seek to embody God’s love for all people through our worship and the many ways we nurture and serve our community and world. We welcome everyone and celebrate the ways we differ in age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We preserve and embrace the beautiful diversity of nature. We cooperate with other congregations and organizations to participate in Jesus’ mission of peace, justice, and unconditional love.

This service will feature Greg Sankovich on piano, Kurt on bass, Lincoln Adler on sax, Carrie Jahde on drums, and vocalist Sheilani Alix.  Congregation member Gill Stanfield will also sing on a number.  I always look forward to this service.  We will be performing the same material as last year, but this time we will be live and in the church.

If you want to know what this will sound like, here is our videorecording of last year's performance: https://youtu.be/gkZqYUXK5o0



New Year's Eve

Jinx Jones Jazz Trio - New Year's Eve Dinner gig
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, 5 PM - 10 PM.  PLEASE NOTE THE HOURS - WE FINISH BY 10 PM.

Be.Steak.A.
https://www.besteaka.com
1887 S. Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

I haven't played here before, but I gather it's a high-end steakhouse focused on Italian food.  They offer a lot of alternatives to steak, if that's not your thing. 

I like to close out a year with my friends, and I look forward to playing with my buddy Jinx.

Please note this is an early gig as New Year's Eve goes.  We stop by 10 PM.




SFJAZZ

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/.


videos
- we have a
YouTube Channel


Haven't seen us before and want to see if it's your thing?   Or revisit some of our shows?  Check out our YouTube channel, or watch the selected videos below.  The Youtube Channel features a bunch of performances from our Freight & Salvage shows and a Yoshi's show. 
        

Curious what you missed last time at The Freight & Salvage?  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.

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'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 announcer


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