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
          Trio - debut CD cover Kurt
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              "gone" CD cover I Got One
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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, 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.


Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 PM - 11 PM
Wednesday, July 24, 8:30 PM - 11 PM
The pickPocket Ensemble - "world cafe music"

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.  

Promotional events for our June 20 SFJAZZ and September 24 Freight & Salvage gigs:

Kurt Ribak free in-store performance at Down Home Music in El Cerrito
Saturday, June 8, 2 PM to about 3:45 PM.
Down Home Music -
10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA
free - all ages

If you haven't been to Down Home Music in El Cerrito, you are missing out big time.  This store is one of my favorite things about the Bay Area.  They call themselves "The World's Jukebox."  They aren't kidding.  You want Tuvan throat-singing records?  They got 'em.  Gospel music recordings from the 1920s?  ditto.  Congolese Rumba? Yep.  Vinyl?  Oh yes.  78s?  Go to their swap meet! 

We'll be promoting our upcoming SFJAZZ show and our recording "ONWARD". Greg Sankovich will be on keys, Lincoln Adler on sax.

Live interview with Alisa Clancy on KCSM's "Morning Cup of Jazz."
9:00 AM - KCSM 91.1 FM,

I (Kurt) will be interviewed by Alisa Clancy on KCSM's "Morning Cup of Jazz."  She has interviewed me several times in the past - people have commented on our on-air rapport.  Plus you get to hear me talk when I probably haven't had much sleep and am likely to say something I hadn't planned to say. 

Below: 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
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


tickets - https://www.sfjazz.org/tickets/productions/kurt-ribak-quartet/ all ages, $34.50 - $25.00 for SFJAZZ members

More details to come, but this show will be in SFJAZZ's small room - the Joe Henderson Lab.  It's the glass room you see from the street .  We'll have most of the same folks as at our Freight & Salvage show last year - 
Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, Myles Boisen electric guitar and lap steel guitar, and Kurt on bass and vocals.

SFJAZZ wrote some really nice stuff about us -

“Joyous, grooving, bluesy, sophisticated and masterful" could all be accurately use 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."


A Berkeley native, Ribak parlayed his formative musical experiences as a cellist and member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus into a passion for the bass, studying at Cal Berkeley and Boston’s Berklee College of Music before returning to the East Bay and establishing a well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected creative forces on the scene. At the top of his creative game, Ribak suffered a devastating injury in a 2012 car accident that shattered his left arm and led to a dozen surgeries, leaving the bassist’s musical future in serious doubt. Through extensive physical rehab and endless persistence, Ribak re-learned to play and eventually returned to the bandstand, and it is this hard-won struggle to reclaim his life and career that led to Onward, his most personal statement to date. With a renewed sense of urgency and the accompaniment of his telepathic quartet, including saxophonist Lincoln Adler and keyboardist Greg Sankovich, Kurt Ribak is back for the long haul.

There's also a blog post SFJAZZ asked me to about my injury and recovery here: https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/kurt-ribak-interview/.

Kurt Ribak - original jazz
Tuesday, September 24
Two sets, starting at 8 PM
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
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, Ross Wilson brass, Michaelle Goerlitz percussion, 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 last 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:


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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