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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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.


Debut gig at a brand new venue!
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Thursday, April 27, 8 PM to 9:30 PM
The Impulse Room

1501 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 818-8060
21 and over
Cover includes a complimentary buffet 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM- go here for details

We just picked up a gig Thursday, April 27 at the Impulse Room.  We will be the second act to publicly perform there.  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. 

The Impulse Room is a nice room - elegant but not stuffy, nice acoustics and furniture - and a nice Yamaha baby grand piano.  Greg Sankovich is on piano, Lincoln Adler sax, and Kurt on bass.

Road Trip!  Nor-Cal Jazz Festival event
Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz

Sunday, April 30, 7:30 PM, Chico
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Big Room

1075 E 20th St, Chico, CA 95928
Nor-Cal logo
Doors open at 6 PM for the "Big Room" event, show at 7:30 PM.
Tickets will be available at the Sierra Nevada Gift Shop, at www.norcaljazzfestival.com,
and Chico Paper Company starting Sunday, March 26.  $15.00 in advance and $20 at the door.

The Nor-Cal Jazz Festival is hosting us.  They do shows throughout upper Northern California, including Chico, a charming town.  Opening the show will be Blues artist Lazy Lester.  Quoting the Nor-Cal Jazz Festival site - "Lazy Lester's "1958 hit "Sugar Coated Love" launched Lester to become a true national treasure and is featured in Martin Scorsese 2003 film "The Blues."  Check out "Sugar Coated Love - 1958.

While you're at it you might want to see about touring the brewery, especially as Sierra Nevada makes some darn fine beer.  The band will be Kurt on bass, Alan Hall on drums, Greg Sankovich on keyboards, and Lincoln Adler on saxes.  We'll be tightening up some new material for the next album.

Aimee Pavy - "Twelve Chimes, It's Midnight" w/ the Kurt Ribak Trio
Thursday May 4, 8 PM to 10 PM
Bird & Beckett Books & Records
653 Chenery St
San Francisco CA 94131
All ages
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This show is inspired by the noir radio plays of the '30s and '40s.  Before and between plays (which are recorded for podcast) the Kurt Ribak Trio will play.  we will probably do some accompaniment during the plays as well.   Rounding out the trio are Kurt's longtime colleagues and friends Randy Lee Odell on drums and Tom Griesser on sax and maybe clarinet.

Kurt Ribak Quartet - original instrumental jazz
Thursday, May 18, 9 PM to midnight
The Lucky Horseshoe
453 Cortland,
San Francisco, CA

lucky horseshoe facade

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, TBA on guitar, Lincoln Adler on saxes on woodwinds, and Randy Odell on drums.  Randy and I have played together over 20 years, playing jazz gigs, church services - and the circus.

Kurt Ribak Quartet  - Original jazz
Saturday, May 20 - 9:30 PM to 12:30 AM
The Albatross Pub

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

The band will include Tom Patitucci on guitar and Markos Sowlakis on sax and clarinets.  Kurt on bass, natch.  This is a fun place.  Board games, dart boards, a full bar, popcorn - and us! 

Kurt Ribak Quartet - Original Jazz
Saturday, June 3, 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM

The Hedley Club Lounge
Hotel De Anza
233 W. Santa Clara, San Jose, CA
no cover

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              Anza exterior

I'll be leading a quartet playing my tunes with Steven Herrick on woodwinds, Tom Patitucci on guitar, and Alex Muchnik on drums. 
The Hedley Club Lounge is one of the nicest rooms in Silicon Valley, with Moorish-themed decor from the Art Deco era.

Sunday, June 11, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM - afternoon / early evening show
Kurt Ribak Quartet  - Original jazz
Bird & Beckett Books & Records
653 Chenery St
San Francisco CA 94131
all ages
bird and beckett frontbird and beckett regular logo

Bird & Beckett
is both a great music venue and an outstanding book store.  It is one of my favorite book stores ever - and I grew up hanging out at Cody's, Moe's, and other great Berkeley book stores.  The owner, Eric Whittington, is a big supporter of live music.  The band will be:  Greg Sankovich on keyboards, Lincoln Adler on sax, Randy Odell on drums, and Kurt on bass.   Glen Park is a charming neighborhood that still feels like San Francisco.  There are a number of cafes, bars (hello, Glen Park Station bar!) and restaurants nearby, and it's close to the Glen Park BART station.

Buy the CD 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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