Kurt Ribak 

(pronounced REE-bok, like the shoes)

gigs and other stuff

Kurt playing
                bass
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 new 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 Recording


The recording includes Greg Sankovich, Ross Wilson, Lincoln Adler, Alan Hall, and Michaelle Goerlitz.  Guests are Tony Marcus, Jinx Jones, and Jeff Cressman.  These are some heavy hitters in the Bay Area music scene, folks

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.



Gigs

What's New
My most recent - and probably final - hand / arm surgery was March 15. 
I'm back - playing bass.  I'm planning my next recording and am back gigging.


Thursday, June 2, 8 PM - 10 PM
Kurt Ribak Trio DUO- Original Jazz
Øl Beer Cafe and Bottle Shop
http://www.beer-shop.org/

1541 Giammona Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 210-1147
No cover, 21+ only

Øl Is the Danish word for beer.  This is a great place for the serious beer geek and for the more casual beer drinker - like me. 
On the outside it's an anonymous modern commercial building. 
Step inside and you feel like you're in a totally different place - someplace like the Pelican Inn near Muir Woods, or some old pub.

This is our first gig here, although I've been here a few times to drink beer and catch up with people. 
It really is a great place - I recommend checking it out.
  They have a little bit of food, but don't expect to eat dinner here. 

I'll be playing with Greg Sankovich and Lincoln Adler - oops - Lincoln can't make this gig!  It'll just be me and Greg.



Saturday, June 4, 9 PM - 11:30 PM
Hot Club Pacific - Gypsy Jazz
Rose Pistola - Ligurian Food
http://www.rosepistolasf.com
532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Guitarist Marc Schwarz leads this group.  We'll be in the heart of North Beach. 
This is a really fun restaurant - great food, and a lively scene.  
If you like acoustic swing music with a gypsy tinge, this will be for you. 
If you like drummers, this gig will be a disappointment.  If you hate drummers, this gig may suit you to a T.  

This will be a trio - acoustic guitar, woodwinds, and me thumping Blondie.



Sunday, June 5, 3 PM - 4:15 PM  3:50 PM, set shortened (one set only)
Kurt Ribak Duo, featuring Lincoln Adler - Original Jazz
Berkeley Book Festival
http://www.baybookfest.org/
Center Street Stage - by the BAM/PFA at Center and Oxford Streets, Berkeley.

Book alert!  I love books.  If you do too, come on down to the Festival.  Check out the outdoor library
This festival is right by the Berkeley BART station, so I'd encourage you to walk, bicycle, or take BART to this. 
Besides, you could have some beers at Jupiter if you walk or take BART. 

The band will just be me and Lincoln Adler.  We've played as as duo before and it always works out well, despite being an unusual lineup.



Tuesday, June 7, 7 PM - 9 PM
Sheilani Alix - jazz vocals and more
Hercules Records - http://herculesrecords.com/
1734 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

Record geeks and aspiring hipsters - check this out
As my friend Sheila noted, this gig "is in the Lorin District, near Sweet Adeline Bakery, Ashby Bart, etc.
Christopher Ford
owns the spot and he just opened his vinyl record shop out there. 
He tries to have live music when the area has a block parties every first Tuesday so he reaches out to fellow musicians for help.
Seems like they've been trying to revitalize the neighborhood lately so that's always exciting (even if it comes with a hipster tinge)."

The band will be Greg Sankovich, Lincoln Adler, and myself backing Sheila. 

I've shopped here - it's a good store, and Chris Ford is a good egg.  He runs the Hootenanny at Armando's, DJs on KPOO-FM, leads the Christopher Ford Band, and is up to who knows what else.  This block of Alcatraz has become quite the spot.  Hoi Polloi (craft beer) and Easy Creole (restaurant) are here as well as some other businesses.  I came by when Chris opened the store and Extra Action Marching Band was doing their take on a marching band.  Fun stuff, and nice to see the neighborhood come alive.



CANCELED Wednesday, June 8, 7 PM - 10 PM
Jinx Jones Jazz Trio - Jazz Guitar
398 Brasserie - New American bistro

398restaurantsf.com
398 Geary at Mason, San Francisco, CA 94102

CANCELED

I'll be playing a jazz trio gig backing 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.   This place has excellent food, skilled bartenders, and really good cocktails.  It's a fairly new place, and definitely worth a visit.
398 HAS CANCELED THEIR MUSIC PROGRAM.



Thursday, June 9, 8 PM to 10 PM
Jinx Jones Duo - rockabilly, country, maybe a little jazz
Atlas Cafe

3049 20th St x. Alabama
San Francisco, CA
all ages, no cover, cafe w/ beer & wine

Atlas
                                      Cafe front

Good simple grub - pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads.  Beer and wine, coffee, tea. 
Get a light dinner, have something to drink, and hear me backing deep-fried guitar hero Jinx Jones

A guitar will twang, a bass will be slapped, and heartaches will be sung. 
Here's a review of Jinx's newest CD.



Friday, June 10 - 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM

Jinx Jones & the King Tones - Old-School Country, Rockabilly, and Surf.
The Saloon
1232 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
21+, cash only

I've played here before with Jinx.  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.  Jinx has played with Roy Buchanan, Solomon Burke, Chuck Berry, recorded with En Vogue, and many others.  He's also featured on the track "Fried Chicken" on my latest record.

The Saloon is one of San Francisco's oldest bars - and looks it.  It's a dive, mostly booking blues.  Bring cash and watch your stuff.  It often draws a mix of foreign tourists, blues fans, and some, um, colorful characters.  I've had a lot of fun here.  Bring cash, ask for a whiskey and / or a beer (not wine, a cocktail list or list of sour ales on tap), and be prepared for drunks, dancers, and drunk dancers.



Friday, June 17, 8:30 PM to 11 PM
Jinx Jones and the Jazzabilly Allstars - rockabilly, country, surf, and some jazz
Speisekammer - German restaurant and bar
2424 Lincoln, Ave, Alameda, CA 94501 (near Park)
510-522-1300
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar
speisekammer
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                                                  front
Speisekammer has really good German food, a great beer selection, a full bar, and has a hopping music scene. 
I often go here on my own time and dime - for the food, the beer, and the caliber of bands. 
Here's a review of one of our gigs there.


If you want to hear the band I strongly recommend reservations  -  specifying your seating preference near the band - or sit at the bar. 
This is an eclectic night of music.  The music can range from "Misirlou" (the song that kicks 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!


Saturday, June 18, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Eric Van James - Jazz Standards
Berkeley Public Library North Branch

1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA  94707
Free, all ages

I'll be playing a duo gig with pianist Eric Van James.  This will be my first time playing with him.  It's free, it's in the daytime, and it's at the library.



Saturday,  June 18, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
- Jazz Guitar
Cafe Claude - French Bistro
7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
cafeclaude@claudelane.com / 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 (the bar is 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.


Sunday, June 19, 11 AM to 12:10 PM
Dan Damon Quartet - Father's Day Jazz Service

First United Methodist Church - http://www.pointrichmondmethodist.org/
201 Martina St
Richmond CA 94801
first united
                                        methodist spirefumc window

Pastor Dan Damon is a jazz pianist - he played piano in bars to pay for seminary school.  He's also written a number of hymns that are in Methodist hymnals.  He will lead the band and lead worship with me on bass.  Lincoln Adler on sax, and Alex Aspinall on drums.  I've played Father's Day and C
hristmas Eve services here for about fifteen years.

If you're concerned about whether you'll be comfortable or welcome at FUMC, here's their mission statement:


"We, the people of First United Methodist Church in Point Richmond, seek to embody God’s 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 Jesus’ mission of peace, justice, and unconditional love."

It's a lovely, unpretentious small church with excellent acoustics.  You can see photos of it and learn more about the church here.



Sunday, June 19, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Jinx Jones and the Jazzabilly All Stars- Honky Tonk, Rockabilly, Surf, Jazz and more
Bird & Beckett Books & Records
653 Chenery St., San Francisco - Glen Park District
$10 suggested donation
all ages


Bird & Beckett has an excellent music series and is one of the best book stores I've seen - and I say that as someone who grew up hanging out in Cody's and Moe's in Berkeley.  Lots of local authors and hard-to-find books.




Jinx Jones & The King Tones - Country, Surf, & Rockabilly
Saturday, July 2  -  6 PM to 10 PM

Poor House Bistro,
91 South Autumn Street,
San Jose, CA 95110


Poor
                                                          house bistro
                                                          night timepoor
                                                          house combo
The Poor House Bistro calls itself "San Jose's New Orleans Joint."  Relax, have a beer or two, enjoy some New Orleans food, and hear us!

There was a nice write-up about Jinx in the San Francisco Chronicle's culture blog about the local "twang" scene - "Jinx is a guitar virtuoso who seamlessly moves from rockabilly to jazz to twang and back again, sometimes in the same song." Read the article here.



Thursday, July 14, 8 PM to 10 PM
Jinx Jones Duo - rockabilly, country, maybe a little jazz
Atlas Cafe

3049 20th St x. Alabama
San Francisco, CA
all ages, no cover, cafe w/ beer & wine

Atlas Cafe front

Good simple grub - pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads.  Beer and wine, coffee, tea.  

Get a light dinner, have something to drink, and hear me backing deep-fried guitar hero Jinx Jones
A guitar will twang, a bass will be slapped, and heartaches will be sung. 

Here's a review of Jinx's newest CD.


Friday, July 15, 8:30 PM to 11 PM
Jinx Jones and the Jazzabilly Allstars - rockabilly, country, surf, and some jazz
Speisekammer - German restaurant and bar
2424 Lincoln, Ave, Alameda, CA 94501 (near Park)
510-522-1300
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar
speisekammer
                                                          logospeisekammer




                                                          front
Speisekammer has really good German food, a great beer selection, a full bar, and has a hopping music scene. 
I often go here on my own time and dime - for the food, the beer, and the caliber of bands. 
Here's a review of one of our gigs there.

If you want to hear the band I strongly recommend reservations  -  specifying your seating preference near the band - or sit at the bar. 


Sunday, July 17, 11 AM - 3 PM
Kurt Ribak Duo (featuring Greg Sankovich)
The Terrace Room

http://www.theterraceroom.com
1800 Madison St., Oakland, CA (by Lake Merritt)

This is our first time here.  I've played here in the past with Faye Kelly and others, but it's been quite a while. 
It's a great room and a great location.  The brunch menu is here.


Saturday,  July 23, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
- Jazz Guitar
Cafe Claude - French Bistro
7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108
cafeclaude@claudelane.com / 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 (the bar is 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.



Thursday, July 28, 8 PM - 10 PM
Kurt Ribak Duo- Original Jazz
Øl Beer Cafe and Bottle Shop
http://www.beer-shop.org/
1541 Giammona Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 210-1147
No cover, 21+ only

Øl is the Danish word for beer.  This is a great place for the serious beer geek and for the more casual beer drinker - like me. 
On the outside it's an anonymous modern commercial building. 
Step inside and you feel like you're in a totally different place
- someplace like the Pelican Inn near Muir Woods, or some old pub.

They have a little bit of food, but don't expect to eat dinner here.




Saturday, July 30, 8 PM to 10-ish PM - doors open 7:30 PM
Kurt Ribak - Original Jazz
http://www.armandosmartinez.com/
707 Marina Vista , Martinez, CA
21 and over only
cash only
$15 cover
no required drink minimum

Armando

Kurt on upright, Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, Michaelle Goerlitz percussion. 
 

Armando's is one of my favorite places to play and to hear other musicians.  It's a great room - the acoustics are excellent, they have a good sound system with good people running it, and vibe of the room itself is cool.  Plus the folks who run it, Roy Jeans and Eloise Cotton, are among my favorite people.  They're keeping a great scene alive.
People sometimes think Martinez is too far away, but it's a heckuva lot quicker to get door to door from a place in Oakland to Armando's than it is to drive into San Francisco, look for parking etc.  Plus Martinez is a charming and historic town.


Buy the CD online - or buy downloads!





videos
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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