Kurt Ribak 

(pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)

gigs and other stuff

Kurt playing
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 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.

UPCOMING RELEASE - We plan to have a new record featuring some of my tangos, rhumbas, boleros, and a cumbia out by May of 2025

Purchase: You can buy Kurt Ribak's CDs, downloads, etc. online at, on iTunes 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.

Streaming: You can also stream us on Spotify, Qobuz and Pandora, as well as other sources.

I think outdoor house concerts - and concerts presented or underwritten by nonprofits, such as Bay Area Jazzmobile and Jazz In the Neighborhood -  as well as Freight & Salvage and SFJAZZ are going to be the way forward for jazz and other music with limited commercial appeal. 

If you want to hire my band for a house concert - or are a nonprofit interested in presenting or underwriting jazz performances, please contact me.

Our 2024 SFJAZZ show has now come and gone.  It was really fun and we sold out both shows. 

Big thanks to everyone who came to the shows!

We return to the Joe Henderson Lab at SFJAZZ playing two shows of my Latin tunes Sat., May 17, 2025.  It's not too soon to mark your calendar!

Sunday, June 16 - Father's Day Jazz Service!
Dan Damon trio plus Sheilani Alix

11 AM to ~ 12:10 PM
First United Methodist Church - Point Richmond

201 Martina Street
Richmond, CA 94801

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                        stained glass
Father's Day Jazz Service Poster

I have played jazz services at this church for over twenty years - playing the Father's Day Jazz service is an annual tradition for me - one that I cherish.  

Dan Damon has retired as pastor from FUMC but will lead the band in a jazz service.  The current pastor is Eun-Joo Myung, who is warm, enthusiastic, and energetic.

This service will feature Dan Damon on piano, Kurt on bass, Carrie Jahde on drums, and vocalist Sheilani Alix

If you are worried you will be buttonholed and quizzed about your religious beliefs - or judged for the same - don't worry.  You're welcome here - that's been the experience of my friends and family.  Here is the congregation's 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.

The church itself is quite lovely in a modest, unpretentious way.  It was built by shipwrights in the dawn of the twentieth century.

Kurt Ribak Trio - Jazz and Standards
Sunday June 16, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Chez Mansour - Mediterranean, Lebanese, Wine Bar
1369 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
all ages

Chez Mansour at night

Chez Mansour is a cozy family-run restaurant and wine bar with excellent Lebanese food. I played here for a couple of years with George Cole. You may also remember the location as the former site of Britt-Marie, if you've been in the area a while.

I will be leading a trio featuring Tom Bekeny on mandolin, me on bass and vocals, and Myles Boisen on guitar. 
There is no cover and minors are welcome.

Kurt Ribak - Original Jazz
Friday, June 21, 7 PM to 9 PM 
regular gig - third Friday of every month
Roxx on Main - California Cuisine - OUTDOOR SHOW
627 Main Street, Martinez, CA 94553
Call 925-370-7699 for reservations

Picture of Sign with "Kurt Ribak Trio" on itView down Main St from Roxx

My band returns to Roxx on Main in Martinez.  We'll be OUTDOORS for this show.   Main Street will be blocked off to cars and you can inside if you don't want to hear the band and outside if you do, in which case make reservations and ask to be near the band. Bring layers to wear, as it may be cool out once night falls.

The band will be Kurt on bass and vocals, Ross Wilson on brass, Tom Patitucci on guitar, and Carrie Jahde on drums

Roxx received multiple Reader's Choice awards from the East Bay Times:

Roxx on Main wins the 2024
East Bay Times Reader's Choice Awards 

1st Place categories: 
* Best place to hear live music
* Best specialty cocktail
* Best American food 

Executive Chef Lesley Stiles and Chef de Cuisine Tony Lauro consistently create outstanding food.  I've repeatedly come on my own time and dime to eat here and cheer on other bands. The restaurant was featured on the KQED-TV show "Check, Please."  The food, California Cuisine, is exceptional - Go here for a YouTube link to the episode featuring Roxx - the episode features three worthy restaurants, but the segment about Roxx on Main starts at 14:27.

The restaurant serves food until 8:45 PM and there is a full bar.  Make reservations by calling 925-370-7699  - Roxx is a popular place.  Ask for a table bear the band, as we're outside.

Downtown Martinez has become a center of live music, as this SFGATE story notes - https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/martinez-bay-area-live-music-concerts-16717883.php.  You may want to walk around and check out various other bands playing nearby - it's become quite the scene, with brewpubs, BBQ restaurants, etc.  

The town itself is worth exploring, dating back to Gold Rush days.  The downtown has many historic buildings, and the train station is worth checking out.

MiniWatt String Trio - Jazz

Wednesday, June 26, 7-9 PM

Portal - gastropub


1611 2nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606


 Portal Patio

 Miniwatt Trio Poster


I'll be playing in the Miniwatt String Trio with violinist John Ettinger and guitarist Myles Boisen.  Portal has a nice beer selection and good food.  They have an outdoor patio where we'll be playing. 


This is a jazz trio.  May have a guest artist or too, as well.   



- 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?  Check out our YouTube channel.  It features a bunch of performances from our Freight & Salvage shows.

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


Links to two articles about the Vallejo show back in January 2020:

Fairfield Daily Republic article

Vallejo Times-Herald Article

Some nice press about us from SFJAZZ:

“Joyous,” “grooving,” “bluesy,” “sophisticated,” and “masterful” could all be accurately used 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. 


You can see my blog post at SFJAZZ about my injury and recovery here - https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/kurt-ribak-interview/


Just want to hear some audio of us?  We are on Spotify, and you can also hear us here.

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