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photo by Lincoln Adler / Groove Tonic Media

Kurt Ribak (pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)
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I Got One
          More! cover Kurt Ribak
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          Ribak Trio "more" CD cover Kurt Ribak Trio - "gone" CD cover 
RECORDINGS - We have three four! CDs out, including a brand-new one.  You can also get downloads.

Kurt's injury
I'm still recovering from the June 19, 2012 injuries to my arm and hand, almost three years later.  Surgeries and therapy continue. I had another surgery in early February and will be back playing in late March.  I expect at least one more surgery some time in the future.
The New Recording is Out!
You can buy "I Got One More!" by Kurt Ribak at CDBaby. You can buy physical CDs or downloads, including higher-quality mp3s or FLAC files. You can also download at iTunes.

You can also buy it at a brick-and-mortar independent jazz record store, namely
The Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland, between Telegraph Ave and College.

If none of those work for you, email me and we'll work something out.

The recording includes Greg Sankovich, Ross Wilson, Lincoln Adler, Alan Hall, and Michaelle Goerlitz.  Guests are Tony Marcus, Jinx Jones, and Jeff Cressman

Notes on the Recording

I've got links to notes about the record written by Lee Hildebrand and Scott Yanow.  The short notes by Hildebrand are here.  Longer notes by Hildebrand (as appear on the CD packaging itself) are here, and a longer article by Scott Yanow is here.  All are quick reads, though.

Kurt Ribak interviewed on KCSM-FM
I will be on KCSM- 91.1 FM Thursday, May 21 at 9 AM.  I will be interviewed by Alisa Clancy on KCSM's "Morning Cup of Jazz."  I'll be trying to wake up and wake up the rest of you who tune in.  I always enjoy interviews on KCSM.

You can also listen over the web by going to KCSM- 91.1 FM or getting the KCSM-FM app.

The Big Gig - Yoshi's, May 26

Tickets for Kurt Ribak's show at Yoshi's:
ickets now on sale: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/796327
This is Kurt's first Yoshi's show since 2011, and his first major show since his 2012 injury.  Tickets are expected to sell fast on this. 

There's only one show and one set, so if you want to make the show, get your tickets soon. 
There are a limited number of seats, and we've sold out in this past.  Celebrate our return to Yoshi's, and Kurt's return to leading his band - get tickets early! 

This show has been a long time coming.  We filled Yoshi's in 2009, 2010, and 2011.  In 2012 I was going to focus on our next record.  Instead I've spent every day since June 19, 2012 working on my recovery.  This show is a very big deal to me.  Getting back onstage at Yoshi's, leading my band, has been the goal I've set my eyes on since the injury.

Kurt Ribak - "I Got One More!" CD release party

Tuesday, May 26 - 8 PM
Yoshi's Oakland
- http://www.yoshis.com

510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.238.9200

Admission - $17.00

Musicians on the recording are:
Greg Sankovich
, piano, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes
Lincoln Adler
, tenor and alto sax
Ross Wilson
, trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn
Alan Hall
, drums
Michaelle Goerlitz
, percussion
Kurt Ribak
, electric and upright bass, vocals

featured guests on the recording are:
Jinx Jones, electric guitar
Tony Marcus, rhythm guitar
Jeff Cressman, trombone

We should have almost everybody from the record playing the show. We will sell the new CD at the Yoshi's show for a special low price. 

Other Gigs

Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
Saturday, April 4 - 8 PM to 11 PM


2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Phone: 510.THE.TAPS

I'll be playing a jazz trio gig led by guitarist Jinx Jones.   Jinx will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on the tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Kenny Burrell.

Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Saturday, April 11, 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM

The Albatross Pub

1822 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA
21 and over only

Albatross pub
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Kurt on upright, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, Matt Willis drums
The Albatross has been around since 1964.  Good drinks, darts, board games - and us. 

Jinx Jones Jazz Trio - jazz guitar
Thursday, April 16 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Cafe Claude
Café Claude Downtown
7 Claude Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

(t) 415.392.3505
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar

interior Cafe Claude
I'll be playing a jazz trio gig with guitarist Jinx Jones.   Jinx will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on the tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Kenny Burrell.  Cafe Claude has a small zinc bar (it's pretty much the only place you can see the band) and really good French food.

Cafe Claude is on an alley running parallel to and one block west ("uphill") from Kearney, between Bush and Sutter, in the Financial District.

claude lane dusk
View down Claude Lane.  I took this photo on my phone during a set break.

Jinx Jones and the Jazzabilly All-Stars - Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, Surf, Jazz and more

Friday, April 17, 8:30 - 11 PM (the third Friday of every month)


2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501 (near Park)
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar
speisekammer logospeisekammer front

This place has really good German food, a great beer selection, a full bar, and is a place I've often gone to on my own time and dime, and has a hopping music scene.

Jinx Jones is a gen - u - wine guitar hero. Check out the article on Jinx in the SF Chronicle's SFGateJinx has played with Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry, recorded with En Vogue, and many others.

If you want to hear the band I strongly recommend reservations specifying your seating preference near the band, or sitting at the bar.  This is an eclectic night of music. The music can range from "Misirlou" (the song that licks off "Pulp Fiction") to Thelonious Monk to Merle Haggard, and if Jinx is feeling it, you might get a couple of real surprise tunes at the end of the night.  I know he's surprised me!

There was a nice write-up about Jinx in the San Francisco Chronicle's culture blog about the local "twang" scene - "Jinx is a guitar virtuoso who seamlessly moves from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song."  Read the article here.

Jinx Jones Jazz Duo - guitar / bass duo    CANCELED
Friday, April 24, 6 PM - 9 PM
Drake's Barrel House
1933 Davis Street, Building 177,
San Leandro, CA 94577
21 and over

This is a new gig to us.  Jinx Jones and I will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on the tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Kenny Burrell.    CANCELED

Friday, May 8, 8 PM-10(ish) PM
Kurt Ribak Sextet - original jazz


707 Marina Vista
Martinez, CA
21 and over
Armando's logo

The band: Greg Sankovich, Lincoln Adler, Alan Hall, Ross Wilson, Michaelle Goerlitz, Kurt Ribak

Can't make our May 26 Yoshi's show?  Come to this!  Better yet, come to both! 

This will be a shakedown gig prior to our Yoshi's show.Armando's is a great room.  It's intimate, friendly, unpretentious, great acoustics, and cheap for the audience.  All the musicians I know love Armando's - the place really has the right spirit.  Roy Jeans and Eloise Cotton, who operate Armando's, love music.  That may sounds obvious or corny, but many places that book music do not value it.

Kurt Ribak Trio Merchandise

You can buy the Kurt Ribak Trio CDs:
>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 Down Home Music,
10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.

Buy the CD online - or buy downloads!

Video interview of Kurt Ribak

This video interview was 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.


"...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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