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 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.


Paula Harris - Jazz and blues vocalist
Thursday, October 20, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Savanna Jazz
1189 Laurel St., San Carlos, CA 94070
21 and over

I'll be backing singer Paula HarrisNate Ginsburg on piano, D'Mar on drums.  I played with this group for the first time last week.  It was a lot of fun, so they invited me back.

Kurt Ribak Trio - Original Jazz
Saturday, October 22, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM - we're just playing one set
Oakland Public Library - Rockridge Branch - 20th Anniversary Party

5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA
Library Party! Books! Librarians! CAKE! Free!
All Ages

Celebrate 20 years of the Rockridge Branch at 5366 College Avenue.  Enjoy fun, food, music, art, and of course, books. All ages welcome.  More details about the festivities at http://oaklandlibrary.org/events/rockridge-branch/rockridge-20-year-anniversary-party.

Scott Foster will be on guitar and Lincoln Adler on sax.  I played a lot in the late '90s with Scott and Tom Griesser in the trio 3 Go T.

Jinx Jones Jazz Trio - Jazz
Saturday, October 22 - 8 PM to 11 PM

2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704.
Phone: 510.THE.TAPS

Great beer, excellent pizzas and salad, a nice beer garden - ya gotta love it!  
I'll be playing a jazz trio gig with guitarist Jinx Jones.   Jinx will be playing jazz standards, with an emphasis on tunes played by jazz guitar greats Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, and Kenny Burrell. 

Jinx Jones Jazz Trio
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Cafe Claude
7 Claude Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

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

A Very Special House Concert
 Kurt Ribak Trio with
Frederick Harris, piano, and Tim Fox, guitar - original jazz
Emeryville, CA - Address of concert supplied upon reservation / RSVP
Sunday, October 30, 3 PM-5 PM

Requested donation - $20, sliding scale

Advance reservations requested.  You can:
  • Reserve seats by PayPal - http://www.paypal.me/KurtRibak/20
  • text Kurt at 510-703-7035, providing your name and number of people in your party.
  • email kurt@ribak.com with "October 30 House Concert" in your e-mail subject header. This is less reliable, due to spam filters.

    Please RSVP - seats are limited and we need to anticipate projected attendance.
    I know this a bit more complicated than for most of the places I play, but this is a concert in a friend's home.
All ages, BYOB if specific beverage desired.

This house concert will feature bassist / bandleader Kurt Ribak's music performed by Ribak, pianist Frederick Harris, and guitarist Tim Fox.

Both Fred Harris and Tim Fox are truly exceptional musicians. All three musicians have deep roots in classical music as well as jazz. Bassist Kurt Ribak once told Fred, "If Franz Liszt and McCoy Tyner could have a kid, he would sound like you." Mr. Harris and Mr. Fox both hold MM degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Mr. Ribak holds a diploma from Berklee College of Music.  

Here's more info on Fred Harris.  I've played with him over the course of 25 years, and he is as talented and skilled a musician as any I've known.  Tim Fox is also a truly exceptional musician.  He and I have played everything from jazz to flamenco nuevo to R&B together.

Please RSVP - seats are limited and we need to anticipate projected attendance.  A donation of $20 minimum is requested.  You can donate $20.00 via PayPal to http://paypal.me/KurtRibak/20. You will then receive the concert address. The residence is a walk-up loft space in Emeryville that features excellent acoustics and a fine piano.

You can also reserve by PM'ing Kurt Ribak or texting him at 510-703-7035. Please provide your name and the number of people in your group.

The performance will be a matinee on Sunday, October 30, starting at 3 PM and ending around 5 PM. There will be an intermission.

There will be water on hand but if you want other beverages please BYOB.

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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