Kurt Ribak 

(pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)

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Kurt playing
                bass
photo by Lincoln Adler / Groove Tonic Media

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I Got One More! cover Kurt Ribak Trio - debut CD cover Kurt
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            Ribak Trio - "gone" CD cover 
RECORDINGS - We have four recordings.  The newest record, "i got one more!" is played on KCSM-FM, San Diego's Jazz 88, PRI's "Jazz After Hours" (syndicated on 70 stations), KPFA, KZSC, KRCB, "The Creative Source" and more.

The band includes Greg Sankovich, Ross Wilson, Lincoln Adler, Alan Hall, and Michaelle Goerlitz.  Guests are Tony Marcus, Jinx Jones, and Jeff Cressman.  I think it's our best record yet.  It was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley by Adam Munoz and produced by Greg, Lincoln, and myself.

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.


Late June - July 2017 Gigs

Mark Sowlakis Trio  - instrumental jazz
Friday, June 16, 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

Come and watch the set into the Pacific while we play - the view is spectacular.
  We play in the lounge, although you can also hear us in Sutro's, the main dining room.  Sutro's is fancier and has a full menu, but there is also a limited lounge menu where we play.  There is also the Bistro menu, if you want a full meal. 

Mark "Markos" Sowlakis leads the band on clarinets and alto sax,  Kurt's on bass, Greg Sankovich keyboards. 




Dan Damon Quartet - Father's Day Jazz Service
Sunday, June 18, 11 AM to 12:10 PM
First United Methodist Church - http://www.pointrichmondmethodist.org/
201 Martina St
Richmond CA 94801
first united methodist spirefumc window

Pastor Dan Damon is a jazz pianist - he played piano in bars to pay for seminary school.  He's also written a number of hymns that are in Methodist hymnals.  He will lead the band and lead worship with me on bass.  Tom Griesser on sax and clarinet, and Randy Odell on drums.  I've played jazz services here for about fifteen years.  The church itself is beautiful yet unpretentious, and has excellent acoustics.

If you're concerned about whether you'll be comfortable or welcome, here's the church's mission statement:

"We, the people of First United Methodist Church in Point Richmond, seek to embody Godís 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 Jesusí mission of peace, justice, and unconditional love."

It's a lovely, unpretentious small church with excellent acoustics.  You can see photos of it and learn more about the church here.




Kurt Ribak Trio - original instrumental jazz
Friday, June 30, 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

Come and watch the set into the Pacific while we play - the view is spectacular.
  We play in the lounge, although you can also hear us in Sutro's, the main dining room.  Sutro's is fancier and has a full menu, but there is also a limited lounge menu where we play.  There is also the Bistro menu, if you want a full meal.   

Kurt's leading the band on bass, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax.  Come and watch the set into the Pacific while we play - the view is spectacular.



Myles Boisen Organ trio - jazz, blues, and grooves
Sunday, July 2, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cato's Ale House
http://www.mrcato.com/ 
3891 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA
510-655-3349 
all ages, no cover - kid-friendly
cato's sign
My trio played at Cato's for about eight years - right up to my 2012 injury.  This is my second time back at Cato's - I'll be a sideman.  We will probably play a few of my tunes as well as standards.  Myles Boisen is on guitar - he's on my next recording.  He has an interesting resume, which includes playing with Tom Waits and Club Foot Orchestra.  Jay Sanders is on organ.

Cato's has an excellent beer selection - no spirits, and has a full menu.  I've enjoyed their pizzas.  It's also a place you can bring your kids.




Myles Boisen Trio
Thursday, July 6, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Portal

http://www.portaloakland.com
1611 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA  94606
(510) 663-7678

Portal is a new place to me.  Their website says "
Portal is a beer garden featuring a large outdoor patio with a breathtaking view of Lake Merritt."  They serve beer and wine and have a full menu.

I'll be backing guitarist Myles Boisen.  He's a pretty danged cool guitar player -
he's on my next recording.  He has an interesting resume, which includes playing with Tom Waits and Club Foot OrchestraJohn Hanes is on drums.  He's pretty danged cool too - more about him here - http://www.purelovepower.com/purelovepower/john_hanes.html. 




Kurt Ribak Quartet - with special guest Sheilani Alix
Friday, July 7, 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM,
Armando's

http://www.armandosmartinez.com
707 Marina Vista, Martinez, CA 94553
$15 cover, 21+ only, cash only
Armando's exterior
We're back at one of my very favorite venues - Armando's.  The band will be Lincoln Adler saxophone, Tom Patitucci guitar, Rob Hart drums, Kurt bass, and special guest singer Sheilani Alix, who will sit in on a couple of tunes with us.

Sheilani will be back at Armando's on July 21 leading her group.





Blue Note Napa gig - Kurt Ribak Quartet!
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Sunday, July 9
- two one hour sets - 3 PM & 7 PM
Blue Note Napa
http://www.bluenotenapa.com 

Downstairs in the Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main St., Napa, CA 94559
707-880-2300
admission $10-$25

This is our first gig at the prestigious Blue Note Napa.  If the Blue Note rings a bell, it is part of a worldwide group of clubs that started with the Blue Note in NYC.  Other Blue Note sites include Honolulu, Milano, Tokyo, and Beijing. 

Come up for the day, or if you're already in the area, come see us!  Downtown Napa has undergone a revitalization and is well worth a visit - plus you're in the heart of the wine country.  The band will be Greg Sankovich on keys, Lincoln Adler on sax, Alan Hall on drums, and Kurt.  Alan was on our last recording and appears on our upcoming one as well.

Tickets for 3 PM set - click here

Tickets for 7 PM set - click here





Free outdoor noon show in Downtown SF!
Presented by People in Plazas
Mitch Polzak and His Royal Deuces
http://www.mitchpolzak.com
Thursday, July 13 - noon to 1 PM
333 Market Street, San Francisco

All ages, free

Mitch Polzak is a very entertaining performer who also can play the bejesus out of a guitar.  Long and lean, Mitch towers over his bandmates (myself included) while playing a mix of country, swamp pop, twang, and groove.  You'll have a great time and it'll make a great break from the work day if you work in SF.  I believe Les James (possibly best known as a founding member of Red Meat) will be on drums.

This show is presented by Lynn Valente and People in Plazas. They've put on great free shows in downtown SF throughout the summer for many years. Check out their shows!   I'll be leading my quintet at a People in Plazas show September 28.





Jinx Jones & The King Tones - rockabilly, country, surf.
Saturday, July 15, 8 PM to 11 PM
The Big Easy
http://www.bigeasypetaluma.com
128 American Alley, Petaluma, CA 94952

This is my first gig with guitarslinger
extraordinaire and fashion plate Jinx Jones since last New Year's eve.  This my first time at The Big Easy.
Drummer Robin Roth ably rounds out the trio.




Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Sunday, July 16, 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Livermore Public Library
http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/lib/events/cals

Civic Center Library Storytime Room, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA, 94550
(925) 373-5500

All ages, Kid-Friendly, Free.


Don't like going to bars or nightclubs to hear jazz?  Want some cheap entertainment?  Want to expose some kids to live jazz?  Come to this show!  The band will be Kurt on bass, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, and Rob Hart drums.





Sheilani Alix- sultry yet warm and sweet vocals
Friday, July 21, 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM,
Armando's
http://www.armandosmartinez.com
707 Marina Vista, Martinez, CA 94553
$15 cover, 21+ only, cash only

Armando's exterior
We're back at one of my very favorite venues - Armando's.  The band will be led by singer Sheilani Alix.  Also on the gig - Lincoln Adler saxophone, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Les James drums, Kurt bass.




Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Friday, July 28, 8 PM to 9:30 PM
The Impulse Room
http://www.impulseroom.com

1501 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596- Access is on Lincoln Street side of building.
(925) 818-8060
21 and over
Cover includes a complimentary buffet 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM- go here for details

The Impulse Room is a new and nice room - elegant but not stuffy, nice acoustics and furniture - and a nice Yamaha baby grand piano.  
The venue does have a dress code, so check that out first before you show up in sneakers, shorts, a t-shirt, and a ball cap.  Greg Sankovich is on piano, Lincoln Adler sax, Randy Odell on drums, and Kurt on bass.



Buy the CD online - or buy downloads!

videos
Kurt Ribak Live - videos from Kurt's May 26, 2015 Yoshi's 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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