Kurt Ribak 

(pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)

gigs and other stuff

Kurt playing
photo by Lincoln Adler / Groove Tonic Media

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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. 
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 newest 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.

Purchase: You can buy Kurt Ribak's CDs, downloads, etc. online at, 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.

Streaming: You can also stream us on Spotify, Qobuz and Pandora, as well as other sources.


I think outdoor house concerts - and concerts presented or underwritten by nonprofits, such as Bay Area Jazzmobile and Jazz In the Neighborhood -  as well as Freight & Salvage and SFJAZZ are going to be the way forward for some time, especially for jazz and other music with limited commercial appeal. 

If you want to hire my band for a house concert - or are a nonprofit interested in presenting or underwriting jazz performances, please contact me.

Kurt Ribak Trio- jazz- featuring Myles Boisen on guitar and violinist John Ettinger
Sunday, February 5
, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Every first and third Sunday
Chez Mansour
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Wine Bar
1369 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
upright bass insode restaurant at night

Bassist Kurt Ribak leads a trio featuring Myles Boisen on guitar and violinist John Ettinger. We'll be playing a mix of the Great American Songbook, my tunes, and maybe a little other stuff too.
Myles plays with me often and appeared with my group at Freight & Salvage and SFJAZZ.

Chez Mansour is a a cozy family-run restaurant and wine bar with excellent Lebanese food. I played here for a couple of years with George Cole. You may also remember the location as the former site of Britt-Marie, if you've been in the area a while.

There is no cover and minors are welcome.

Kurt Ribak  - Original Jazz
Friday, February 17, 7 PM to 9 PM
Roxx on Main - California Cuisine - INDOOR SHOW

627 Main Street, Martinez, CA
all ages

My band returns to Roxx on Main in Martinez.  We'll be indoors for this show, as it's getting cold in Martinez.   The restaurant was recently featured on the KQED-TV show "Check, Please."  The food, California Cuisine, is exceptional -   Go here for a YouTube link to the episode featuring Roxx - the episode features three worthy restaurants, but the segment about Roxx on Main starts at 14:27.
Executive Chef Lesley Stiles and Chef de Cuisine Tony Lauro consistently create outstanding food.  I've repeatedly come on my own time and dime to eat here and cheer on other bands.  

I'll be playing with Lincoln Adler on sax, Greg Sankovich on keyboards, and me on bass and vocals.  The restaurant serves food until 9 PM and there is a full bar.  Make reservations inside - Roxx is a popular place.

Downtown Martinez has become a center of live music, as this SFGATE story notes - https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/martinez-bay-area-live-music-concerts-16717883.php.  You may want to walk around and check out various other bands playing nearby - it's become quite the scene, with brewpubs, BBQ restaurants, etc.  

The town itself is worth exploring, dating back to Gold Rush days.  The downtown has many historic buildings, and the train station is worth checking out. 

videos - we have a YouTube Channel
Haven't seen us before and want to see if it's your thing?   Or revisit some of our shows?  Check out our YouTube channel, or watch the selected videos below.  The YouTube Channel features a bunch of performances from our Freight & Salvage shows and a Yoshi's show. 


Curious what you missed last time at The Freight & Salvage?  Check out our YouTube channel.  It features a bunch of performances from our Freight & Salvage shows.

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, KCSM FM announcer


Links to two articles about the Vallejo show back in January 2020:

Fairfield Daily Republic article

Vallejo Times-Herald Article

Some nice press about us from SFJAZZ:

“Joyous,” “grooving,” “bluesy,” “sophisticated,” and “masterful” could all be accurately used 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. 


You can see my blog post at SFJAZZ about my injury and recovery here - https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/kurt-ribak-interview/


Just want to hear some audio of us?  We are on Spotify, and you can also hear us here.

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