Thollem McDonas (photo courtesy of Bonnie Wright)
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Tuesday 2
Bassist Ben Wanicur and his trio featuring Ian Tordella on saxophone and Charles Weller on drums host the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) at 8:00 p.m. for a $5 entry fee. Musicians are encouraged to sit in.

Wednesday 3
Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos starts his busy night by hosting the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) this week featuring pianist Chance Valdez beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. He’ll play the first set, then motor on over to the Latin Jam Session at Seven Grand (3054 University Avenue) where he convenes with Irving Flores, Rob Thorsen, Mike Holguin, and Charlie Chavez at 9:00 p.m. no cover charge, musicians bring your horns! … the Patrick Berrogain Duo are performing at Solare Ristorante (2820 Roosevelt Road, Liberty Station) from 5:00 p.m. Free! … J. Otis Williams hosts the Jazz 88 Weekly Blues Jam featuring guitarist Mark Augustin at Proud Mary’s (5500 Kearny Mesa Boulevard) from 6:30 p.m. No cover, bring your axe!

Thursday 4
Peter Sprague & Gilbert Castellanos play a free concert at Palomar College (1140 W. Mission) at 12:30 p.m. in Room D-10 … the Charles McPherson Quintet with Castellanos, Joshua White, Rob Thorsen, and Carlos Vasquez perform at the Powerhouse Community Center (1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar) at 7:00 p.m. … Small Disaster featuring Ian Tordella on saxophone, Jason Shattil on keyboards, Harley Magsino on bass, and Julien Cantelm on drums are hitting Seven Grand with a downbeat at 9:00 p.m., no cover charge.

Friday 5
Gilbert Castellanos performs with bassist Marshall Hawkins and pianist Joshua White at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue) starting at 8:00 p.m., no cover, but a $20 food/drink minimum … the Charlie Arbelaez Trio with Will Pierce on bass pay some funk at the Rook Bar (7745 University Avenue) at 8:00 p.m., two sets, no cover, open jam after.

Saturday 6
Bonnie Wright opens her Fresh Sound concert series with Thollem McDonas on electric piano and Alex Cline on drums at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. $15 general admission, $10 students … the Curtis Taylor Quartet featuring Taylor on trumpet, Noble Jolley on keys, Dean Hulett on bass, and Richard Sellers on drums dig in at Prohibition San Diego (548 Fifth Avenue) from 9:30 p.m., no cover … Son Pa Ti with Alex Lopez, Mark Lopez, and Alberto Diaz are playing Tita’s II Restaurant (3421 East Plaza Boulevard) starting at 8:00 p.m. for a $5 cover.

Sunday 7
Gypsy Groove with Bianca Lara, Aaron Streate, Tim Griffin and Guy Gonzales do that hot jazz and world music thing at Le Papagayo (1002 N. Coast Highway, Encinitas) from 6:30 p.m. No cover. … the Jazz 88 Jazz Jam Session, hosted by the house band featuring Mark Augustin, Bruce Cameron, Tommy Gannon and Jeff Dalrymple, open up at Busalacchi’s Spaghetteria (1953 India Street) at 6:30 p.m. no cover charge, all ages.

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