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Sat, Jun 03


Sailing Goat at Point San Pablo Harbor

Kurt Ribak Trio

Kurt Ribak Trio
Kurt Ribak Trio

Time & Location

Jun 03, 2023, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sailing Goat at Point San Pablo Harbor, 1900 Stenmark Dr, Richmond, CA 94801, USA

About the event

Kurt Ribak – Bassist / Bandleader / Singer / Songwriter   Kurt describes his music as “Charles Mingus meets The Meters.  They go to Duke Ellington’s house to jam, and Cachao and Thelonious Monk sit in.” Kurt has three albums as the Kurt Ribak Trio, and three more as Kurt Ribak.  The albums feature his own compositions, which are original yet accessible.     Kurt grew up singing and playing classical music, and began playing jazz while attending UC Berkeley.  After a battle with tendinitis, Kurt won scholarships to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with top honors,  having spent many hours mastering the styles of bassists Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, and Charles Mingus and discovering his love of composition and songwriting.   Kurt has shared the stage with circus performers, preachers and fire-breathing strippers, but never all three at once.  He has performed in venues ranging from SFJAZZ and Yoshi’s to a club where someone surreptitiously stashed a loaded .45 in his bass bag while Kurt was playing . In June 2012 Kurt was in an auto accident, seriously injuring his left hand and forearm.  Thirteen operations and six years later he resumed playing full-time, much to the surprise of many surgeons.  Kurt notes, “When I was hurt I learned how many people loved me, cared about me.  That really helped me get back to playing." Kurt's recordings are played on KCSM-FM, KPFA, KZFR, KKUP, San Diego's Jazz 88, PRI and other jazz stations.  His band has sold-out Yoshi’s and SFJAZZ, and has also performed at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Blue Note Napa, San Jose Jazz Festival, Nor-Cal Jazz Festival, Fillmore Street Jazz Festival, and the Union Street Jazz Festival.

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