Kurt Ribak 

(pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)

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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.  The last 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 new record, "onward"will be released May 1.  The band includes Greg Sankovich, Ross Wilson, Lincoln Adler, Russ Gold, Alan Hall, Michaelle Goerlitz, and Myles Boisen
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.


Kurt has a big show leading his band  Monday, May 7, 2018
Mark Your Calendars and get your tickets early

Kurt Ribak recording release party at the Freight & Salvage - http://thefreight.org - in Berkeley
Kurt Ribak - Record Release Concert
Monday, May 7
Two sets, starting at 8 PM
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse


2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
all ages

Tickets are $16 advance, $20 at the door. 
You can get tickets here- or at the box office at 2020 Addison

My group will celebrate the release of our next recording, "onward," at one of the very finest venues in the Bay Area.  It will be our biggest Bay Area show since we last played Yoshi's in 2015.  If you see us once in 2018, this is the show to see.  

The band will be smokin'!  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.  Ross Wilson will be on brass for several numbers.  I'll be playing bass and singing a few songs.
  Just Added! Special guests - Sheilani Alix and Lorna K. Sheila and Lorna will each sing a song with us.

Why are we playing the Freight?  Because it's one of the best music venues in the Bay Area!
        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, sound, and lighting. 

The Freight 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.

KCSM INTERVIEW - Wednesday, April 18, 9 AM

Wednesday - April 18 at 9 AM - Kurt was interviewed on KCSM - FM by Alisa Clancy on her "Morning Cup of Jazz" show.

They discuss Kurt's May 7 show at The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse and play his brand new CD "onward," which will be released May 1.

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.

KPFA 94.1 FM INTERVIEW - Sat., May 5, noon to Sun., May 6, 1 AM

94.1 FM / kpfa.org
Kurt'll be interviewed on B.A.J.A.B.A / JazZLine by Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs at midnight Sat night / Sun morning.

They'll discuss Kurt's May 7 show at The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse and playing his brand new CD "onward," which will be released May 1.

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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