Kurt Ribak - Press Page

Kurt playing bass
photo by Lincoln Adler


Kurt Ribak bio - short

Kurt Ribak bio - medium length

Kurt Ribak bio

Band Personnel & Bios - SFJAZZ October 20, 2022 "Mingus Ah Um" tribute
download hi-res photo of Kurt
photo credit: Lincoln Adler

Kurt Ribak's YouTube video channel, featuring performances from Yoshi's and Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Electronic Press Kit 
Reverbnation Electronic Press Kit

Dropbox link available on request - email me
SFJAZZ profile blog post

Recording reviews

KCSM-FM interview by Alisa Clancy
on "Morning Cup of Jazz"

Berkeleyside article on Kurt Ribak by Andrew Gilbert

Berkeleyside article on Kurt Ribak by Andrew Gilbert

Profile of Kurt by KCSM-FM announcer Michael Burman
Brian McCoy / examiner.com interview of Kurt Ribak

podcast interview of Kurt by Saul Kaye

Comments on our music:

"...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, Announcer, KCSM-FM

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 write about my injury and recovery here: https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/kurt-ribak-interview/.

mp3s from our newest record, "ONWARD."

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, a Yoshi's show, and more.

Want to see more? 
Check out our YouTube channel.

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.


musical styles and influences     reviews    Kurt Ribak's Music Facebook page 


Kurt Ribak
          Trio - debut CD cover Kurt
            Ribak Trio "more" CD cover Kurt Ribak Trio -
              "gone" CD cover I Got One
            More! cover"onward" record cover

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