photo by Clifton Romig
Kurt Ribak Quintet played
the San Francisco Jazz Festival Thursday,
Kurt Ribak and his Mighty Combo played a return engagement at Berkeley's historic Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse September 24.
SFJAZZ wrote some really nice stuff about us:
“Joyous, grooving, bluesy, sophisticated and masterful" could all be accurately use to describe bassist and composer Kurt Ribak’s music, but perhaps an assessment is best left to the man himself, who calls his rollicking mix of bebop sophistication and body-moving grooves “Charles Mingus meets The Meters.” Ribak brings his superb working quartet, performing music from their most recent album "."
A Berkeley native, Ribak parlayed his formative musical experiences as a cellist and member of the San Francisco Boys Chorus into a passion for the bass, studying at Cal Berkeley and Boston’s Berklee College of Music before returning to the East Bay and establishing a well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected creative forces on the scene. At the top of his creative game, Ribak suffered a devastating injury in a 2012 car accident that shattered his left arm and led to a dozen surgeries, leaving the bassist’s musical future in serious doubt. Through extensive physical rehab and endless persistence, Ribak re-learned to play and eventually returned to the bandstand, and it is this hard-won struggle to reclaim his life and career that led to, his most personal statement to date. With a renewed sense of urgency and the accompaniment of his telepathic quartet, including saxophonist Lincoln Adler and keyboardist Greg Sankovich, Kurt Ribak is back for the long haul."
There's also a blog post SFJAZZ asked me to about my injury and recovery here: https://www.sfjazz.org/onthecorner/kurt-ribak-interview/.
The Mighty Combo is Greg Sankovich keyboards, Lincoln Adler sax, Ross Wilson brass, Myles Boisen guitar and lap steel guitar, David Rokeach drums, Michaelle Goerlitz percussion, and Kurt on bass and vocals. The members of this band have played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wild Mango, Tom Waits, kd lang, Benny Velarde, and many more stars as well.
Curious what you missed last time at The Freight? Or do you want another chance to see last year's show? Check out our YouTube channel. It features a bunch of performances from our Freight & Salvage show last year.
At The Groove Yard in Oakland at 5555 Claremont in Oakland, CA
At Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA
At Bird & Beckett Books & Records,653 Chenery, San Francisco, CA
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Performances, interviews of Kurt Ribak
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