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I teach electric bass guitar and upright bass, so if you are interested in lessons, please email me for details. I can also coach rhythm sections.
Video interview of Kurt Ribak
This video interview was 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 Ribak Trio at Yoshi's San Francisco - June 30, 2009
East Bay Express Review:There was a review of the CD in the "Local Licks" column of the East Bay Express.
Our newest CD, "gone"
has been selling especially well in Japan.
Kurt Ribak Trio played Yoshi's San Francisco
June 30, 2009 and
Yoshi's Oakland Monday, July 19, 2010 (sold out on a Monday - not bad for a "local act") and June 27, 2011
Thanks to everybody who came out to the shows. There were great turnouts - heck, we sold out Yoshi's Oakland! Yoshi's was very impressed with the ticket sales, and you were all a wonderful audience. We were touched, grateful, and humbled by the turnout. Thank you very much.
These nights were among the high points in my life.
"One of the perks of being an unemployed musician is that you get to play much less bad music." - Jack Daney
Kurt Ribak, individually, and the Kurt Ribak Trio collectively are available for other gigs. Leads for other gigs for the trio or for me as a sideman will be most welcome. Feel free to call or e-mail.
You can go to BayTaper.com or http://mefeedia.com/feeds/21779/ to download our July 2, 2006 show at the Fillmore Jazz Festival. There are also some excellent photos there. The show is rated five stars out of five.
You can also go to our Myspace page. The one for the Kurt Ribak Trio has songs up on the site and gig listings. There is also a Kurt Ribak Myspace site that is specifically for Kurt and includes his personal blog. Add us to your friend list!
We have a few Kurt Ribak Trio t-shirts remaining. These are a seven-color print on Hanes Beefy-T shirts, so these are a quality product. These echo the artwork of the first CD. They are black, with the three-colored hand on the front and the words "Kurt Ribak Trio" on the back. They come in women's sizes and cut from small to L and men's from small to medium. e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to buy a shirt, or catch up with me at a gig. Check them out here. Drummer Tim Solook and his wife Lisa are modeling them at our Fillmore Jazz Festival gig.
Quotes about Kurt
- > "Hugging Kurt is a
like a big bear with no hair" - Monica, then age 5, to her
Bay Area Jazz Resources
Groove Yard Record Store and Newsletter
- Rick Ballard operates the Groove Yard at 5555 Claremont in Oakland. It's between the Rockridge and Temescal districts. It's a great jazz record store for used vinyl and new and used CDs by local as well as national and international artists. Rick has an e-mail newsletter. E-mail him at email@example.com and request to be added and be up on the concerts, CDs, etc.
KCSM - FM Radio
and Jazz Datebook
You can always check out who's playing in the Bay Area with KCSM-FM's Jazz Datebook.
You can listen to KCSM-FM at 91.1 FM. They are 24 hours jazz, no commercials. They are a huge contributor to the vitality of the Bay Area jazz scene. You can listen online at http://www.kcsm.org/jazz91/listen.php
>We're like, all up in literature and stuff
Mark Coggins is the author of the August Riordan series of mystery novels. The August Riordan character is a wise-cracking tough guy PI who is also a jazz bassist.
I got to know Coggins a while ago and he asked if he could use some of my music for a KQED podcast of "Candy from Strangers", the third book in the August Riordan series. William P. Arney of the Noir City Film Festival reads the first chapter with my music accompanying the story - specifically, "Prelude to a B Movie" and "Pseudoafrocubanismo," which appeared on the Kurt Ribak Trio debut CD.
The podcast is permanently at the following location: http://www.kqed.org/arts/writersblock/episode.jsp?id=13480
iTunes users can access The Writers' Block via the following URL:http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=82023860
Also check out the Word for Word Theater Company performance of "Angel Face". This is a stage setting of a Cornell Woolrich story that originally appeared in the classic pulp magazine Black Mask. Black Mask featured many of the best noir writers including Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.
The Writers' Block is also distributed through NPR here: http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=5593982
To go directly to the audio, use either of
stream: http://www.kqed.org/.stream/real/topics/arts/writers-block/0701-coggins-bloc k.rm.ram or
download: http://podcastdownload.npr.org/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/151/510076/7092336/ KQED_7092336.mp3
Kurt as a sideman - aka - Other
Here are some CDs I played on -
Sheilani's debut CD is called "When Night Falls." It features Greg Sankovich on piano, B-3 organ, and Rhodes electric piano, Lincoln Adler on saxes, Matt Willis on drums and percussion, Tim Fox on nylon-string guitar, and Kurt on bass. Greg was music director and co-producer, and I contributed a tune, "September Rain" to the CD. It's available for physical purchase or download on CDBaby. You can also get it on iTunes and at West Portal Music in SF.
I have played with Lorna K for two decades. She has a CD out entitled "Lorna K and the Dunes." The recording features her take on songs by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys as well as some radical reinterpretations of songs including Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For."
Alex Walsh's CD "Light Another Candle"is pop - a lot of it sounds like Mott the Hoople meets the Replacements to me. This was recorded in 2003. I play electric bass and upright on it.
Brian Schindele's CD The Moral is original straightahead jazz. I like it - the title tune kicks off the CD with some great drumming. This CD features Brian, drummer Tim Vaughan, Sheldon Brown on tenor sax, Tom Griesser playing sax on one track, Dave Scott on trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn, Larry Leight on trombone, and Connie Champagne as featured guest vocalist on a ballad track.
I regularly played with Stephen Bigger at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, where he was music director. "Lights on the Horizon" is a CD of his contemporary Christian songwriting. Stephen sings lead on a number of the tunes, but he also features Amy Beth Nickelson and Katie O'Gorman, two very talented young members of the congregation at Moraga Valley.You can download the Kurt Ribak Trio recordings at iTunes and emusic.com, as well as elsewhere. We've been getting some attention at emusic - the recording is rated four out of five stars. You can do a trial membership for cheap, and recordings are way cheaper to download at emusic than with iTunes. The new recording is available for sale at iTunes, emusic, and elsewhere.
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