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
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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.


Big upcoming show in 2018 - Mark Your Calendars

Kurt Ribak recording release party at the Freight & Salvage - http://thefreight.org - in Berkeley - May 2018 (yes, next year)

It's way 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 at least a couple of songs.

Freight & Salvage is primarily known for American music other than jazz, so why are we playing there?

I love to see shows here - I think you will too, if you don't already.

John Ettinger, Jazz Violin and John Finkbiner, guitar
Thursday, October 26, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

1611 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA  94606
(510) 663-7678

Portal's 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.  John Ettinger is on violin, John Finkbiner on guitar, I believe John Hanes is on drums.  Kurt on bass.


NEW GIG - Friday, October 27, 6 to 9 PM - and the fourth Friday of every month
Tennessee Truckstop - rockabilly and more
Club Deluxe

1511 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 552-1555
club deluxe entrance
I'll be backing singer-guitarist Hank Maninger and his wife, vocalist Lynne Maes.  I used to play Club Deluxe a lot in the early '90s with the late Khevan Lennon-Onaje, Bruno Pelletier-Bacquert, and Section 8 Project, back when the Deluxe was a center of the 1990s swing scene.  It's still got the Deco style.  Still a nice place to dress up for, have a martini or other classic cocktail, and listen to live music.

Fri - Sun November 3, 4, and 5
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
American Art Festival
Sacramento Convention Center

1400 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2918
(Entrance at 14th and J Streets)
Hours: Friday Noon Ė 9pm, Saturday 10am -7pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
Children under 12 Free

Randy Odell will be on drums, Greg Sankovich on keyboards, Lincoln Adler will be on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Kurt on upright bass.  We've been doing this gig for over a decade and we're always glad for a chance to come back to Sacramento.

We will play roughly 45-minute sets with the following schedule:   
Fri 11/3 - 11 AM, 2 PM 
Sat 11/4 - 11 AM, 2 PM
Sun 11/5 - 1 PM, 4 PM

Wednesday, November 15 - 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Kurt Ribak - Original Jazz
The Impulse Room

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

The Impulse Room is a new and nice room - elegant but not stuffy, nice acoustics and furniture. 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 keys, Lincoln Adler on sax, Carrie Jahde on drums, and Kurt on bass.

Kurt Ribak Trio - original instrumental jazz 
Thursday, November 16, 9 PM to midnight
The Lucky Horseshoe

453 Cortland, San Francisco, CA - Bernal Heights

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This is a neighborhood bar in Bernal Heights that books a lot of music.  It looks a little dive-y - in a good way - but they have excellent bartenders who can whip up specialty ingredients with quality ingredients.  

The band will be me, Greg Sankovich on keyboards, and Randy Odell on drums.  

Kurt Ribak Trio - Original jazz
Saturday, November 18 - 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM
The Albatross Pub

1822 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA
21+ only, $3 cover
Albatross front

Greg Sankovich keyboards, Randy Odell on drums, and Kurt on bass, natch.  This is a fun place.  Board games, dart boards, a full bar, popcorn - and us! 

Blue Note Napa gig - Kurt Ribak Quartet!
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Thursday, November 30, sets at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM
Blue Note Napa

Downstairs in the Napa Valley Opera House
1030 Main St., Napa, CA 94559
admission $10-$25
Lincoln at Blue Note Napa

This is our return to 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, Russ Gold on drums, and Kurt. 

Kurt Ribak Trio - Original Jazz
Friday, December 22 - 7 PM to 11 PM
The Cliff House - bar / restaurant

1090 Point Lobos, SF, CA
All ages, no cover

Cliff House

This place really has a great view.  You can see the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands, Ocean Beach, Land's End, and more.  Listen and watch us in the lounge, while enjoying drinks and maybe some bar food.  You can also hear us from the main dining room.  Kurt's on bass, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax. 

Jazz Christmas Eve Service with the Dan Damon Quartet

Sunday, December 24, 7 PM to 8:15 PM
First United Methodist Church


201 Martina Street
(at West Richmond Avenue)
Richmond, CA 94801
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I have played at this church for over fifteen years.  The church itself is quite lovely in a modest, unpretentious way.  It was built by shipwrights in the dawn of the twentieth century.  It has great acoustics and Pastor Dan Damon and his congregation are welcoming - here is their 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.

This service will feature Pastor Dan Damon on piano, Kurt on bass, Lincoln Adler on sax, and Rob Hart on drums.  I always look forward to this service.

Jazz New Year's Eve Service with the Dan Damon Quartet
Saturday, December 31, 5 PM to 6:15 PM
Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, CA 94707

Dan Damon will lead a quartet in a New Year's Eve service.  This is a diverse congregation and I've found the service to be a wonderful balance to all the manic aspects of New Year's Eve celebrations.  The quartet will be Rev. Dan Damon on piano, Kurt on bass, Lincoln Adler on sax, and Carrie Jahde on drums.

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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