Global Guitar Greats (Santa Cruz, CA)

Global Guitar Greats (Santa Cruz, CA)

Sunday, June 15

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm (event ends at 9:30 pm)

Kuumbwa Jazz Center

Santa Cruz, CA

$20.00 - $25.00

Thomas Leeb
Thomas Leeb
Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert at the age of fifteen and released his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen.

Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in Asia, the Americas and Europe and has been featured in numerous guitar magazines all over the world. Every year, he teaches workshops and master classes in universities and colleges and his album "Desert Pirate" was voted one of the essential albums of the last twenty years by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

His peculiar guitar style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar. What sets Thomas Leeb apart from some of his contemporaries is his ability to make pyrotechnics serve the music and three years studying West African traditional music give him a sense of timing and groove that is unusual in a guitarist.

All this has earned him a loyal world-wide following and influential fans such as Eric Roche who was his guitar teacher, "for about five minutes and then I heard him play", Jon Gomm awarded him "ten out of ten Gomms" and Guthrie Govan who thinks that "what Thomas does on an acoustic guitar probably shouldn't be legal."
Stephen Inglis
Stephen Inglis
Two Time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner and Grammy nominee Stephen Inglis is recognized as one of the most diverse musical artists in Hawaiʻi today. Equally at home on the acoustic and electric guitar, the art of Kī Hō’alu {Hawaiian Slack key Guitar} has been at the heart of his music in recent years. With a deep love for many kinds of music, Stephen’s songwriting blends tradition with innovation in a diverse and effective tapestry.

“His material and stylish performances rank with the best” Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser

Stephen’s composition Redwood Slack Key was featured on the Grammy nominated and Nā Hōkū Hanohano(Hawaiʻi’s Grammy) winning album Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Volume 2. Stephen’s 2010 Album Slackin’ on Dylan won the 2011 Hawaii Music Award for Folk album of the year and was nominated for a Nā Hōkū Award a s well.

In 2012 Stephen teamed up with Hawaiian music legend Dennis Kamakahi for the duet album Waimaka Helelei which won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Slack Key album of the year.

His music has been featured in film and television with Hawaii NBC affiliate KHON’s special “Hawaiiʻs Saint Damien: A Journey of Sacrifice” among recent projects.

Stephen has also contributed guitar work to albums by renowned artists such as Kenneth Makuakāne and performed and toured with artists such as Slack Key Masters Cindy Combs, Ozzie Kotani , Dennis Kamakahi, Makana and Hawaiian music legends The Makaha Sons.
Shawn Jones
Shawn Jones
Shawn Jones is the epitome of American Roots/Rock music. He has proven over time that he has an international appeal. Shawn is true to form of his influences, spanning from all the greats in Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz & Country. His father raised him on Hank Williams, and he grew up in the heartland of Southern California, where he learned from experience how to play and sing the blues. Shawn has been touring in excess of 200 dates a year, creating new fans and followers literally everywhere he performs.

Shawn’s latest CD, "Struggle Makes You Stronger" was picked up by Right Track Distribution, licensed through the Universal Group in the UK. Shawn’s single, “Life Is For The Living,” was released in the UK on February 11th and was a featured single on iTunes UK. The album was released on Feb. 25th, 2013. Jones will be embarking on his 15th tour to the UK in 2013. Shawn will be touring internationally appearing on radio, and performing at festivals and clubs. The album has already picked up several four and five star reviews in the US, UK, EU, AU with many others arriving. A double-page-spread has been secured with Maverick Magazine (March 2013) and Blues Matters Magazine (April 2013) in the UK. Shawn’s music has aired numerous times on the BBC UK, BBC Northern Ireland, and many other syndicated stations throughout the UK and EU.
With four studio albums and one live album under his belt, Shawn’s skills as a seasoned songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist have put him on the same bill with the likes of BB King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, Taj Mahal, John Mayall, Coco Montoya, Johnny Winter, Jim Lauderdale, John Haitt, David Lindley, and many others. Waylon Jennings was also so impressed with Shawn’s live performance that he took Jones under his wing, offering him a management deal and the grand opportunity to play on his 1996 release "Right For The Time." Shawn was also Waylon's lead guitarist on Lollapalooza with Metallica, Ramones, & SoundGarden, and Willie's 4th of July Picnic. Shawn currently tours with country music multi-platinum artist, Deana Carter as her lead guitarist. Jones also has endorsements with Taylor Guitars, GHS Strings, Rocktron, Visual Sound, and others...

Previously, Shawn’s song “Invincible Me” was featured in the 100th episode of “Dawson’s Creek” on the Fox Network. Jones and his band made a cameo appearance in the Fine Line Pictures release,“Tumbleweeds”, starring Golden Globe winning actress, Janet McTeer. Two of his songs, “Long Way Down” and “Lightening Strike Me Down” are featured in the movie. The single “Long Way Down” was also included on the RCA/Victor soundtrack album. Other artists on the album include: Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, Buck Owens, Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. Shawn’s song “Lightening Strike Me Down” was selected for the Hollywood Pictures film, “Mystery Alaska” starring Russell Crowe..

Shawn Jones' ability to combine undeniable guitar playing, singing, writing, and recording, coupled with heartfelt emotion, has earned him the slot as one of the most compelling new artists on today’s roots music scene.
Venue Information:
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://kuumbwajazz.org