Kurt Ribak 

(pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)

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Kurt playing
photo by Lincoln Adler / Groove Tonic Media

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 Kurt Ribak
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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 new 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.

You can buy Kurt Ribak's CDs, downloads, etc. 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 Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco, at Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.


Saturday, October 20, 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Kurt Ribak Quartet
Fireplace Room, Redwood City Public Library

1044 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA  94063,
All ages, free, family-friendly.

I'll be playing my tunes with Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, and Carrie Jahde drums.  All ages, free, family-friendly.  More info here.

Sunday, October 21, 10 AM - 1 PM - Jazz brunch with beer!
Kurt Ribak Quartet - original jazz
Drake's Dealership

2325 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612 (at 25th St.)
Drake's Dealership

Support live jazz, local music, craft beer, and day drinking, all in one place!  Drake's Dealership is in the remnants of a long-gone Dodge dealership, with much of it gutted for a semi-outdoors setting.  Lots of beers on tap, full menu.  This is our first time playing here - for many years I've been playing at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church on Sunday mornings, but I've taken three Sundays off so I can play jazz with my group.

This week will feature Lincoln Adler on sax, Greg Sankovich on keys  and Scott Foster on guitar.  Many of you know Lincoln and Greg from their gigs with my group, with the group Times 4, and at the MVPC and FUMC concerts around Christmas.  Both are on my most recent record, 2018's "ONWARD." 

Friday-Sunday, October 27, 27, and 28 - two sets daily
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz

Sacramento Arts Festival

Sacramento Convention Center

1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2918
(Entrance at 14th and J Streets)
Hours: Friday Noon – 9pm, Saturday 10am -7pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
Children under 12 Free

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Randy Odell will be on drums, Greg Sankovich on piano, Lincoln Adler will be on tenor saxophone,  Kurt on upright bass.  We've been doing this gig for fifteen years and we're always glad for a chance to come back to Sacramento.

On Sunday Tom Griesser will play instead of Lincoln Adler.

We will play roughly 45-minute sets with the following schedule:   
Fri 10/26 - 11 AM, 2 PM 
Sat 10/27 - 11 AM, 2 PM

Sun 10/28 - 1 PM, 4 PM

Friday, Nov. 9, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Bird & Beckett Books & Records
653 Chenery St

San Francisco CA 94131
Concert presented by Bird & Beckett and the Jazz in the Neighborhood Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund.
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$10-$15 suggested donation, Kids free.

Bird & Beckett
 is one of my favorite book stores ever and has a heavy schedule of live music.  The owner, Eric Whittington, is a big supporter of live music.
The band will be
: Randy Odell on drums, Greg Sankovich on keyboards, Lincoln Adler on sax, and Kurt on bass.  

Glen Park is a charming neighborhood that still feels like San Francisco.  It's close to the Glen Park BART station, restaurants elegant (Le P'tit Laurent) and simple (La Corneta Taqueria).  There's also a neighborhood bar (Glen Park Station). 

This is an earlier show - we'll be done at 8:00You can come after work, catch the show, and go have dinner afterward.  Even if you can't come to the show, you should know about both Bird and Beckett and about Jazz in the Neighborhood, who underwrite shows by working jazz musicians in the Bay Area. 

Live music and a great bookstore - this is my idea of a good time.  Plus you can support musicians getting a reasonable wage for their work, a fine bookstore, and a nonprofit supporting Bay Area jazz musicians.

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Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Saturday, November 24, 8 PM to 11 PM

2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Jupiter front
This gig will feature keyboardist Greg Sankovich, saxophonist Lincoln Adler, and drummer Carrie Jahde.

Jupiter has a nice beer selection you can enjoy in a lovely beer garden, and the band plays under a redwood tree.  I don't know why, but music and redwood trees go together.

You can take BART if you want to party responsibly - the Downtown Berkeley stop is right across the street. You can enjoy a pizza or other food, share a good salad, have quality beer, and hear us play original, soulful music.

KCSM INTERVIEW - Wednesday, April 18, 9 AM
Wednesday - April 18 at 9 AM - Kurt was interviewed on KCSM - FM by Alisa Clancy on her "Morning Cup of Jazz" show.
They discussed Kurt's May 7, 2018 show at The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse and played his new CD "onward."
Listen in archives at 91.1 FM or over go straight to the interview here.

KCSM is the biggest jazz radio station on the West Coast and one of very few 24-hr jazz stations nationwide.

Buy our CDs online - or buy downloads:


Kurt Ribak Live - videos from a Yoshi's show and a Freight & Salvage show.  Check out Kurt's YouTube channel for more videos.

Video 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, Announcer, KCSM-FM

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