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Tonga Ross-Ma'u returns to the Encinitas Library with a new lineup to present a fresh set of original contemporary jazz music at the Encinitas Library. Presented in partnership with Ruthless Hippies, Carlsbad French Pastry Cafe, Aztec Brewery, and Le Papagayo.

Featuring Tonga Ross-Ma'u, guitar Kamau Kenyatta, soprano saxophone Hugo Suarez, piano/rhodes Mackenzie Leighton, bass Kevin Higuchi, drums

Advance tickets $10, tickets will go up to $12 starting two days before the concert and will be $12 at the door

Kainga Music’s annual steel drum concert at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista will be celebrating A Community In Rhythm 2017 - arrangements of popular songs on steel drums in a family-fun, friends, and community atmosphere.

This transformative experience celebrating great music, community building, and over 300 performers from the various Kainga Music school and community programs along with our special guests and performances including Niki J Crawford, MO’ Rhythm School of Percussion, and Mission Vista High School Steel Drum Program, as well as some of the top musicians in San Diego.

Come celebrate with us as we continue our mission of CREATING MUSIC, UNITING PEOPLE, and BUILDING COMMUNITIES!

Ascent Trio + @ Encinitas Library

Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Dr, Encinitas CA 92024

Join us for a night of original music performed by a talented large ensemble that will take you on an introspective journey exploring a fresh blend of new and old directions in jazz!

Featuring: Tonga Ross-Ma'u (piano), Andrew Michel (bass), Danny Campbell (drums)

Also joined by: Curtis Taylor (trumpet), Brian Clancy (tenor sax), Ariana Warren (bass clarinet/flute), Brian O'Donnell (bass trombone)

Steph Johnson @ Museum of Making Music

Museum Of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr

Award-winning musician Steph Johnson and her all-star band return to MoMM for a concert and VIP Party. 2011 San Diego Music Awards Best Jazz Artist nominee and winner of the 2010 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album, Steph has become a staple in the San Diego music scene.

Steph recently released her 4th studio album, Music is Art, with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta. She will be joined by some of San Diego’s finest musicians.

Featuring: Steph Johnson (vocals/guitar), Curtis Taylor (trumpet), Tonga Ross-Ma'u (rhodes, organ), Gregory Moore (guitar), Rob Thorsen (bass), Richard Sellers (drums)

Steph Johnson Holiday Show @ Bread & Salt

Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

Performing original music that is soulful and evocative, the evening will also include traditional holiday songs, as well as feature the Voices of Our City Choir. A portion of your ticket purchase goes to support the choir and, an organization focused on housing homeless women, children and veterans.

This award winning band is preceded by an art exhibit, live sets by DJ Sachamo, dance and performance artists that are both interactive and visually captivating. The VIP ticket holders will have access to all this as well as great food, wine, desserts and complimentary chair massages in the VIP quart yard between 6 and 7PM. Regular doors are at 7PM. Complimentary photos with a fabulous traditional Santa Claus will be offered from 6 to 7:25PM (first come, first served). Show starts at 7:30PM.

Featuring: Steph Johnson - guitar/vocals, Curtis Taylor - trumpet, Kamau Kenyatta - rhodes/soprano sax, Gregory Moore - guitar, Tonga Ross-Ma'u - rhodes/organ, Rob Thorsen - bass, Fernando Gomez - drums

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