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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I Got One More! cover Kurt Ribak Trio - debut CD cover Kurt
            Ribak Trio "more" CD cover Kurt
            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.

The fifth recording, titled "onward," will be released May 2018.


Big upcoming show in 2018 - Mark Your Calendars and get your tickets early

Kurt Ribak recording release party at the Freight & Salvage - http://thefreight.org - in Berkeley - May 2018

It's off on May 7, 2018, but my group will celebrate the release of our next recording Monday, May 7 at one of the very finest venues in the Bay Area.  More details to come, but it will be our biggest Bay Area show since Yoshi's back in 2015. 

If you see us once in 2018, this is the show to see.  We'll celebrate the release of the recording we're currently working on.  
The band will include Greg Sankovich on keys, Lincoln Adler on sax, Myles Boisen on electric guitar and lap steel guitar, Alan Hall on drums, and Michaelle Goerlitz on percussion.  I'll be playing bass and singing a few songs.

Freight & Salvage is primarily known for American music other than jazz, so why are we playing there?
        It's a non-profit listening run by people who love music
        It's a great room - great sound system (Meyer Sound), great acoustics, comfortable seating, great sight lines
        It's in the East Bay
        It's easily accessible by car or public transit - it's two blocks from the UC Campus and one block from Berkeley BART

I love to see shows here - I think you will too, if you aren't already a Freight fan.

It's now up near the UC campus - across the street from Berkeley Rep and the California Jazz Conservatory / Jazzschool.  There are several excellent restaurants in the area, including Comal, PiQ, and Ippudo.

I've talked to a number of people who have been to the Freight - but it turns out they haven't been to the new Freight.  For those of you who remember the Freight as a tiny coffeehouse - well, it's all grown up now - in a good way.  It seats about 450 people, so it's larger than Yoshi's but still intimate - and has great sightlines and lighting.  It's also got excellent acoustics and a state of the art sound system.

It looks like this now:
freight & salvage

Buy tickets now, as they're already selling and we've had folks miss our Yoshi's shows because it was sold out.
Doors open at 7, show is at 8.  We'll play two sets, so if you're a musician getting off a restaurant gig you may be able to still catch the second set.

Tix are $16 advance, $20 at the door.  You can get tickets here- or at the box office at 2020 Addison, which saves you a service charge.

Kurt Ribak Quartet
Friday, February 9, 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM,
- nightclub
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, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Rob Hart drums, Kurt bass.  This will be our last public show in the Bay Area for a while, as we'll be gearing up for our Freight and Salvage show May 7.

If you come here, bring cash.  It's a cash only biz, so leave your virtual money at home.

Imperial Jazz Co.- classic jazz
Friday, February 16, 9 PM - 11 PM

Parkway Lounge (dive bar),
1850 Park Blvd. Oakland, CA

No cover, 21+ only

Featuring John Hanes, Kurt Ribak, Tony Marcus, John Finkbeiner, Myles Boisen, John Ettinger, Chris Grady, David Slusser, and Jill Rogers This band has a crazy amount of talent.  The Parkway is a dive bar.  Drinks are cheap, service is friendly, but there's no food and the place ain't fancy.

Jinx Jones Jazz Trio - Jazz
Saturday, February 17 - 8 PM to 11 PM

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

Great beer, excellent pizzas and salad, a nice beer garden - ya gotta love it!  
I'll be playing a jazz trio gig with guitarist Jinx Jones.   Jinx will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and Kenny Burrell. 

Buy our CDs online - or buy downloads:

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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