Does 20 appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival secure your standing as a musical superstar?
How about 17 albums, or work on three Clint Eastwood films? These are just a few of the feathers in the cap of jazz guitarist Bruce Forman. Drawing from be-bop, western swing and more, Forman bridges eras and styles with a lighthearted approach to making music and an unceasing work ethic. His group Cow Bop was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2014, and he’s provided more than 2,500 free music lessons for young musicians through his JazzMasters Workshops. On May 12, he brings his trio, comprising Alex Frank on bass and Marvin “Smitty” Smith on drums, to town.
INFO: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Kuumbwa Jazz, 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. $22/adv, $27/door. 427-2227. WANT TO GO? Go to santacruz.com/giveaways before 11 a.m. on Friday, May 6 to find out how you could win a pair of tickets to the show.