Kurt Ribak 

(pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)

gigs and other stuff

Kurt playing
                bass
photo by Lincoln Adler / Groove Tonic Media

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 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
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.


Gigs

Wednesday, February 6, 8:30 PM - 11 PM
The pickPocket Ensemble - "world cafe music"

http://www.pickpocketensemble.com
Revolution Cafe
3248 22nd St, San Francisco, CA  94110
No Cover
Revolutiuon Cafe Street Scene
I played on the pickPocket Ensemble's record "memory."  Their music is like a musical Rorschach blot - leader Rick Corrigan writes all the music.  Yates Brown is on guitar, John Slattery percussion, Matthew Souther trumpet.  My old friend Chloe Allen is on violin.  I've known her since my days in the circus.

Some people hear Roma (Gypsy) music, and I've met folks from central Europe who say the group's music sounds like what they grew up with.  The tunes are really good, regardless.  Cafe Revolution is very much a bohemian kind of joint in the Mission. 





Kurt Ribak Trio - Original Jazz
Friday, February 8 - 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

This place really has a great view.  You can see the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands, Ocean Beach, Land's End, and more.  Listen and watch us in the lounge, while enjoying drinks and maybe some bar food.  You can also hear us from the main dining room.  

Kurt's on bass, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler is on sax. 





Valentine Dinner Show
Hamilton-Glover Quartet - Jazz vocals of classic standards
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Walnut Creek Marriott 2355 N Main St. 6:30 - 9 pm

Come early for good seating
V-day
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Friday, March 8, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz 

Free outdoor show, all ages 

Marin Country Mart - http://marincountrymart.com
2257 Country Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA - across the street from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal


Free - all ages!   Bring the kids if you got 'em!  We rarely play in Marin County, so if you live there, so it's a rare opportunity for Marinites to see us.  We were  going to play here February 1, but we were rained out. Mark Sowlakis on sax & clarinet, Greg Sankovich on keyboards, Kurt on bass and vocals.





Friday, March 15, 8 PM to 10:15 PM
Kurt Ribak - Original Jazz
Armando's

Armando's
            Logo

http://www.armandosmartinez.com
707 Marina Vista
Martinez, CA
21+, cash only, beer & wine.

Armando's facade

This will be a little different than some of my shows. For those who are wondering, I still play with Greg and Lincoln - but this show will feature Kurt on bass and vocals, Myles Boisen on guitar and lap steel guitar, Tom Griesser on sax and clarinet, and Carrie Jahde on drums. I've played a lot of gigs with all these folks, and they're all fine players.

I've played with Tom for over 25 years, including in Section 8 Project and 3 Go T back in the '90s.  He's currently busy with the organ-jazz group B3B4.  Myles is featured on my record "ONWARD." He played with Tom Waits and Club Foot Orchestra, among others. I play regularly with Carrie on my church gig. She's performed with us several times and also is a founding member of Planet Loop and No Coasters.


Armando’s is one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasures. Some places “got the spirit,” and that’s very true of Armando’s. It’s in the historic old downtown, near the train station. The room has good acoustics and the sound system is always run by experts such as Tobin "T-Bone" Davis, Eloise Cotton oversees operations, and Roy Jeans is the proprietor. He’s responsible for the artwork and decor, from the walls to the chairs to the patio out back. The patio is a great place to hang out between and before sets. Armando's is one of my favorite venues both as a performer and as an audience member. When I'm here, I feel I'm at home, whether I'm playing or listening.

It's a surprisingly quick drive to Armando's from Berkeley / Oakland area - for one thing, parking's a snap. Downtown Martinez is also very cute - and historic. It's the county seat of Contra Costa County and is one of the older towns in California.

Armando's itself serves beer and wine - cash only, 21+ only. There are a lot of good restaurants in the area, so make a night of it and eat in the area! Everything from Haute Stuff - a nice American restaurant and Slowhand BBQ - to El Tapatio (Mexican) and Troy (Greek).





Tuesday, April 16, 8:30 PM - 11 PM
The pickPocket Ensemble - "world cafe music"

http://www.pickpocketensemble.com
Revolution Cafe
3248 22nd St, San Francisco, CA  94110
No Cover
Revolutiuon Cafe Street Scene
I played on the pickPocket Ensemble's record "memory."  Their music is like a musical Rorschach blot - leader Rick Corrigan writes all the music.  Yates Brown is on guitar, John Slattery percussion, Matthew Souther trumpet.  My old friend Chloe Allen is on violin.  I've known her since my days in the circus.

Some people hear Roma (Gypsy) music, and I've met folks from central Europe who say the group's music is what they grew up with.  The tunes are really good, regardless.  Cafe Revolution is very much a bohemian kind of joint in the Mission.  





UPCOMING - later in 2019
Below are what will be our two biggest shows of the year:
 

Kurt Ribak Quintet
plays the San Francisco Jazz Festival!
Thursday, June 20 - Two sets, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM
SFJAZZ Joe Henderson Lab
http://www.sfjazz.org
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
SFJAZZ
              logo
More details to come, but this show will be in SFJAZZ's small room.  We'll have most of the same folks as at our Freight & Salvage show last year, including
Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, Myles Boisen electric guitar and lap steel guitar, and Kurt on bass and vocals.




Kurt Ribak
Tuesday, September 24
Two sets, starting at 8 PM
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
http://thefreight.org
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
all ages
Freight & Salvage interior
A lot of details are TBA, but here's what we know.  We'll have most of the same folks as at our Freight & Salvage show last year, including:  Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, and Kurt on bass and vocals.  Additional performers TBA. 

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 lst year's show?  Check out our YouTube channel.  It features a bunch of performances from our Freight & Salvage show last year.





Archived KCSM INTERVIEW - Wednesday, April 18, 9 AM
Wednesday - April 18, 2018 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:



videos

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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