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
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            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.


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

Sat., August 6, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gerry Grosz Piano Duo - jazz
Sand Dollar Restaurant
3458 Shoreline Hwy (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.  
I'll be accompanying Gerry Grosz in a piano/bass duet.

Sunday, August 7, 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Jinx Jones and the King Tones - rockabilly, old-school country, surf
Fremont Festival of the Arts - outdoor festival
Intersection of Walnut Avenue & Paseo Padre Parkway,
Fremont, CA.
free, all ages

Guitarslinger extraordinaire Jinx Jones will be doing his thing.  I'll be backing him on bass and harmony vocals, and Fremont's own Ken Owen will be on drums.
Check out the review in No Depression of Jinx's latest record. 

Friday, August 19, 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)
no cover, all ages - restaurant/bar

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. 

Saturday August 20, 7 PM to 11 PM
Times 4 featuring Kurt Ribak - original jazz
The Rosewood Room (upscale lounge)
Rosewood Sand Hill
2825 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA  94025

This is a very fancy venue in the heart of Silicon Valley's venture capital world.  Times 4's Greg Sankovich and Lincoln Adler will be on the gig. 
This is an unusual one-shot sort of thing - Times 4's personnel is not changing, but on this night I'll be on bass and Rob Hart is on drums.

Sunday, August 21, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Jinx Jones
Bird & Beckett Books & Records
653 Chenery St
San Francisco CA 94131

I'll be backing guitar hero Jinx Jones as part of a trio.  Bird & Beckett is both a great music venue and an outstanding book store.

Thursday, August 25, noon to 1 PM - free mid-day show
Mitch Polzak & the Royal Deuces

"Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Truck Driving music, Bluegrass, and original numbers"
Transamerica Redwood Park
600 Montgomery, betw. Washington and Clay Streets
San Francisco
all ages, free

People in Plazas is presenting a free mid-day show of Mitch Polzak.  Mitch has matinee - idol looks and backs it up with hot guitar and vocals.  Les James, best known as Red Meat's drummer and the co-owner of The Riptide, is on drums.

This is my only booked date with Mitch, so this is your chance to hear me with him - and with Les!  Plus - it's free!

Friday, August 26, 8 PM to 11 PM
Jinx Jones and the KingTones - rockabilly, old-school country, surf
Pier 23 Cafe
Pier 23 The Embarcadero,
San Francisco, CA 94111

Pier 23 is at - Pier 23 on San Francisco.  It's a fun, casual place and a longtime waterfront fixture.  Simple food, a full bar, and us.  A good time is a highly probable.

Saturday, August 27, 9 PM to midnight
Jinx Jones and the King Tones - rockabilly, country, surf
Wisegirl  - Italian Restaurant & Cocktails

1932 Oak Park Blvd
Pleasant Hill CA 94523

"Wisegirl" seems to be a female riff on "Wiseguy."  This is an Italian - American restaurant with a full bar, and is a good place to see us if you live in Contra Costa County.

Sunday, August 28, 7:30 PM to 9?
Joshua Allen and the Deconstruction Orchestra - avant-garde jazz - influenced music
Local 6, Musician's Union

116 9th St
San Francisco CA 94103
all ages

This will be quite a change from my regular gigs.  Joshua Allen is dedicated to his craft as a saxophonist and composer and uses a whole different language than I normally work with.  This music is loud, intense, and challenging.  A lot of the best Bay Area players in this genre will be on the gig.
Players include William Winant, Larry Ochs, David Slusser, Rent Romus, and plenty more.

Thursday, September 1,  8 PM to 10:30 PM
Jinx Jones and the King Tones - rockabilly, country, surf

1317 San Pablo Ave. (near Gilman)
Berkeley, CA

Come see us at Berkeley's historic Ashkenaz.  This is the place to come and dance - or just have a beer and listen.
Check out the article on Jinx in the
SF Chronicle's SFGate
.  Jinx has played with Solomon Burke, Roy Buchanan, Chuck Berry, recorded with En Vogue, and many others.

Thursday, September 29, 8 PM - 10 PM
Kurt Ribak Trio - Original Jazz
ěl Beer Cafe and Bottle Shop
1541 Giammona Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 210-1147
No cover, 21+ only

ěl 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 an old North European pub.

ěl just received Diablo Magazine's "Best of the East Bay" award for "Best Beer Bar."

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

The band will be Tom Griesser on clarinet and saxophone and Robin Lewis on guitar.

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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