photo by Clifton Romig

Kurt Ribak (pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes) - gigs

site map page      press kit page

Kurt Ribak
          Trio - debut CD cover Kurt
          Ribak Trio "more" CD cover Kurt
          Ribak Trio - "gone" CD cover 
RECORDINGS - We have three CDs out.  You can also get downloads.  We're gonna record another this year.

I'm still recovering from the June 19, 2012 injuries to my arm and hand, two years later.  Surgeries and therapy continue.  
We are working on the next recording.

Again, the first event I'm posting is not a gig of mine - it's a fundraiser.

Joan Mankin is a hugely talented performer and director. She's going to need long term intensive care - she's been diagnosed with ALS and FTD. There's a fundraiser for her at ACT's Theater Oct. 5. I can't attend, so I'm donating.
photo Joan Mankin

ALS - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

FTD - frontotemporal dementia.  The cell damage caused by frontotemporal dementia leads to tissue shrinkage and reduced function in the brain's frontal and temporal lobes, which control planning and judgment; emotions, speaking and understanding speech; and certain types of movement.

Free Mid-day concert in downtown SF!
Kurt Ribak Quintet - original Jazz
Wednesday, Sept. 17, noon to 1 PM - one hour ONLY
Embarcadero 2
  (in front of the fountain street level in 2EC facing Sacramento Street by Williams Sonoma)
San Francisco, CA
Event presented by People in Plazas -

We're playing a FREE mid-day concert at 2 Embarcadero Center.  The event is presented by People in Plazas, who do free outdoor concerts in downtown SF throughout the summer and early fall.

The band will be:  Greg Sankovich on keyboards, Lincoln Adler on sax, Ross Wilson on trumpet and trombone (and maybe flugelhorn), Matt Willis on drums, and Kurt on bass.  Easy and free.  If you don't work in downtown SF, the show is very accessible via BART, MUNI, and is a reasonable walk from the Ferry Building.  We only play til 1 PM, though, so don't roll in late expecting another set.


Kurt Ribak Quartet - original Jazz
Thursday, September 18, 9 PM to midnight

The Lucky Horseshoe
453 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
21 plus - cash only
lucky horseshoe facadelucky horseshoe sign
This is a new place for us. It's a couple of years old and is where Skip's Tavern was in Bernal Heights.  It keeps the neighborhood bar vibe of Skip's but is a big upgrade.  Still casual and funky but no disinfectant smell.  It's been described as a dive bar but the bartenders make drinks with care, using quality ingredients. There's some food there, and it's got a rep as a good place to hear live music and enjoy a drink or two. Come show your love so we get booked back!

Randy Odell is on drums, Tom Griesser is on woodwinds, and Bob Brumbeloe is on guitar.

Jinx Jones and the Jazzabilly All-Stars - Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, Surf, Jazz and more
Friday, September 19, 8:30 - 11 PM

2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501 (near Park)
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar
speisekammer logo
speisekammer front
 This place has really good German food, a great beer selection, a full bar, and is a place I've often gone to on my own time and dime, and has a hopping music scene. 
Jinx Jones is a gen - u - wine guitar hero and well worth checking out. 
Check out the article on Jinx in the SF Chronicle's SFGate.  Ken Owen is on drums.  Jinx has played with Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry, recorded with En Vogue, and many others.

If you want to hear the band I strongly recommend reservations specifying your seating preference near the band, or sitting at the bar.  This is an eclectic night of music. The music can range from "Misirlou" (the song that licks off "Pulp Fiction") to Thelonious Monk to Merle Haggard, and if Jinx is feeling it, you might get a couple of real surprise tunes at the end of the night.  I know he's surprised me!

Jinx Jones and the King Tones - Rockabilly, trad country, and surf
Saturday, Sept. 20, noon to 3 PM
Sand Dollar Restaurant
3458 California 1 (Highway 1),
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar
sand dollar facade
The Sand Dollar has been around since 1921.  Inside is a converted vintage houseboat, of the sort that used to be found around San Francisco and Marin County in the late 19th century.  Out on the deck are umbrellas and live music for the Saturday afternoon crowd. 

Jinx Jones is a gen - u - wine guitar hero and well worth checking out.  Check out the article on Jinx in the SF Chronicle's SFGateMy pal Randy Odell is on drums.  Jinx has played with Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry, recorded with En Vogue, and many others.

This show will have little or no jazz, but lotsa hot surf instrumentals, classic Country, and heapin' helpings of rockabilly.  The Sand Dollar has good seafood and a good bar.  Plus it's in Marin County right by the ocean.  It's a great stop on a day trip or with a visit in itself.

Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
Thursday, September 25 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Cafe Claude
Café Claude Downtown
7 Claude Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

(t) 415.392.3505
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar

interior Cafe Claude
I'll be playing a jazz trio gig with guitarist Jinx Jones.   Jinx will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on the tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, and Kenny Burrell.  Cafe Claude has a small zinc bar (it's pretty much the only place you can see the band) and really good French food.
Cafe Claude is on an alley running parallel to and one block west ("uphill") from Kearney, between Bush and Sutter, in the Financial District.

There's a newer Cafe Claude in the Marina, but this ain't it.
claude lane
View down Claude Lane.  I took this photo on my phone during a set break.

Jinx Jones - country, surf, rockabilly
Friday, Sept. 26, 6 PM to 10 PM

Back Forty BBQ -
100 Coggins Drive | Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
 (925) 935-1440
All ages

I'll be backing Mr. Jones.  BBQ and high-quality 'Murrican music.  Gotta love it!  We play in the bar, but under 21 can be there due to the full menu.

Jinx Jones and the King Tones - Rockabilly, trad country, and surf
Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 PM to midnight

The Ivy Room - ivy
860 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706
bar - 21+ only
ivy room sign

Jinx Jones will be on Guitar.  Kurt will be on bass, Bernadette Cordova-Gardella will be on drums.  Bernadette's been playing with Jinx for a while, but this is my first time playing with her.  I'm looking forward to it. 

The Ivy Room was an East Bay mainstay of live music for years.  It's gone through some , including a couple of changes of ownership, but the current owners are doing a nice job with the place, making quality craft cocktails. 

Kurt Ribak Quartet - original Jazz
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 2 pm

Poplar Playhouse Berkeley, CA

$10-20 sliding scale, all proceeds to the artist.
Email, call 510-219-7750, or go to
to reserve seats.

Kurt on bass, Greg Sankovich on keys, Lincoln Adler on sax, and Michaelle Goerlitz on percussion. It's a small room so go to the site to reserve seats beforehand.

Kurt Ribak Trio Merchandise

You can buy the Kurt Ribak Trio CDs:
>online at CDBaby or by the download there, on iTunes,, and all the other usual online sources
>at The Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland,
>at Down Home Music,
10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA.
Buy the CD online - or buy downloads!

CD sales in Japan
Disk Union, a prominent jazz label in Japan, licensed the track "Tango Para Mi Padre" from our CD "gone." They licensed the track "Prima," from the "more" CD by the Kurt Ribak Trio.   We are also included in their "Jazz Bar 2008" recording, a compilation of recent jazz recordings.  The track "Pseudoafrocubanismo" from our debut CD ("Kurt Ribak Trio" - three fingers cover) was included in "Jazz Bar 2007," which has been selling well in Japan. 

Our newest CD, "gone" has been selling especially well in Japan.



Video interview of Kurt Ribak

This video interview was made by Lincoln Adler - Lincoln plays with us often and is the saxophonist of Times 4, the jazz-funk group Greg Sankovich also plays in.

Kurt Ribak Trio at Yoshi's San Francisco - June 30, 2009

The poster below was done by Maurice Tani, who also leads the country group 77 El Deora.

benefit poster

"...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

Gig Mailing List

To join my mailing list, you are welcome to click on SubscribeGiglist and include the address where you want to receive the mail in the body of the message. You are encouraged to mention how you heard of me.>

To get off the mailing list, just click UnsubscribeGiglist and include the address you want dropped from the mailing list in the body of the message.

site map page