Kurt Ribak

Kurt Ribak

Monday, May 7th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Kurt Ribak
Kurt Ribak
Kurt Ribak says what he’s trying for in his music is “Charles Mingus meets The Meters. They go to Duke Ellington’s house to jam, and Cachao and Thelonious Monk sit in.” Kurt's albums feature his own compositions, which are original yet accessible.

Kurt met pianist Greg Sankovich at UC Berkeley's UC Jazz Ensembles and reconnected there with fellow San Francisco Boys Chorus alumnus, saxophonist Lincoln Adler. Greg and Lincoln co-produced his last record, "I Got One More!" and are co-producing "onward" - his fifth recording as a leader - currently in progress.

After a battle with tendinitis, Kurt won scholarships to Berklee College of Music. He spent many hours mastering the styles of bassists Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, and Charles Mingus and graduated with top honors. There he learned he loved composition and songwriting. Early tunes reflect a strong Thelonious Monk influence, while others reflect his love of the great bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus. Later tunes bring to mind Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, and the South African composer Abdullah Ibrahim.

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 Yoshi's to a club where someone stashed a loaded .45 in his bass bag. Kurt rarely plays there any more.

In June 2012 Kurt was in an auto accident, seriously injuring his left hand and forearm. Thirteen operations and five years later he has resumed playing, much to the surprise of some of his 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."