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Eric Johnson Interview

Eric Johnson: Featured Musician

Some virtuoso musicians sound like they sold their souls to the Devil for their fiery chops, but Austin, Texas’ Eric Johnson sounds more like a conduit for an archangel. As showcased on his signature tune, the Grammy-winning instrumental “Cliffs of Dover” from his platinum-selling 1990 album Ah Via Musicom, Eric possesses an unusual combination of […]

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The Santa Cruz Symphony presented The Barber of Seville to packed audiences.

SCS Triumphs with The Barber of Seville

Last weekend marked the first concert-opera presentation by the Santa Cruz Symphony – Gioachino Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The comedy is one of the classical music world’s most popular operas, and one of the prolific Italian composer’s best-known works of art. Featuring world-class guest soloists and a powerhouse orchestra, the Symphony’s production of the […]

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Nigel Armstrong, the Santa Cruz Symphony's new Concertmaster.

Nigel Armstrong: Santa Cruz Symphony’s Concertmaster

On October 22nd, the community was officially introduced to the Santa Cruz Symphony’s new Concertmaster, Nigel Armstrong, in an evening performance at Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall. Accompanied by guest artist Elizabeth Dorman on piano, and the Symphony’s Music Director Daniel Stewart on viola, Armstrong’s dynamic presentation as a solo violinist defines why the Santa […]

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Mike Love - Photo by Josue Rivas

Mike Love: Featured Musician

Just when you thought all of reggae music’s possibilities had been exhausted, along comes someone like Oahu, Hawaii’s Mike Love. A video of Mike playing his song “Permanent Holiday” makes a good entry point to this man’s work: In conjunction with his considerable talents as a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, his inventive and skillful use […]

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Henry Chadwick

Henry Chadwick: Featured Musician

With the internet offering easy access to music from every era and genre, today’s musicians are being influenced by an unprecedentedly broad range of sounds. That point isn’t lost on local singer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Henry Chadwick, whose new Guest At Home EP showcases an indie pop/alternative rock sound that’s informed by the music of such diverse acts […]

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Ashwin Batish Family

Ashwin Batish: Featured Musician

According to local folklore, there’s a curse on this town: Once you’ve lived in Santa Cruz, you can never leave. You might move all the way to the other side of the world, but sooner or later, you’ll end up back in Santa Cruz. In the case of sitar/tabla player Ashwin Batish, that story has […]

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Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

In early 1975, locals Tim Jackson, Rich Wills, and Sheba Burney banded together to form a nonprofit organization and open a venue for live jazz music. The trio sold items at the flea market, and with $250 formed the Kuumbwa Jazz Society. After a few years of local fundraising concerts, the group secured a home […]

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