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Rob Thorsen takes the Coltrane

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 24–March 1

Tuesday 24 Saxophonist David Borgo presents a quartet featuring Tobin Chodos on piano, Kyle Motl on bass and Juan David Rubio on drums at National University (9388 Lightwave Avenue) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Free! ...

Anthony Davis plays hometown show

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 16-22

Monday 16 The jazz week begins with flutist Lori Bell joining guitarist/vocalist Ron Satterfield at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., no cover charge. Wednesday 18 Fresh Sound presents ...

Acoustic fusion with Rez Abbasi at Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 9-15

Monday 9 Start off the jazz week with a free, noon-time concert by Allison Adams Tucker, with pianist Irving Flores and drummer Richard Sellers at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street)… the ...

An all-star affair ensued

Daniel Jackson tribute concert at 98 Bottles

Bassist Marshall Hawkins organized the Daniel Jackson tribute concert at 98 Bottles with a specific thought in mind: “No other musician, as far as I know, has the honor of a whole week named after ...

Catch Jen Shyu at The Loft for free!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, February 2-8

Monday 2Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker brings her trio with pianist Danny Green and drummer Julien Cantelm into the Lyceum Theatre (79 Broadway Circle) for a free, noontime concert… Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Jen Shyu with special guest Mark ...

Marshall Hawkins celebrates Daniel Jackson Week!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 26–February 1

Monday 26 Melodic piano group Triosence with Bernhard Schuller on the ivories, Ingo Senst on bass, and Stephan Emig on drums arrive in San Diego to play Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) at 8:00 p.m. ...

Wadada Leo Smith: Wednesday at UCSD!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 20-25

Tuesday 20 Flutist Lori Bell will be appearing with guitarist Ron Satterfield at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. No cover charge. Wednesday 21 Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith with Anthony ...

Bang a drum with red fish blue fish at Bread & Salt

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 12-18

Monday 12 Get your jazz week started with a free noontime concert by the Rob Thorsen Trio with Kamau Kenyatta on piano and Richard Sellers on drums at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 ...

Nocturnal meditations in the key of jazz

Eighteen-member Night People ensemble interprets tunes of Joe Garrison

San Diego composer Joe Garrison has reemerged into the local jazz scene in the past few years, and his concert at the Loft in La Jolla made waves with the full-house assembled to witness the ...

Julian Lage lights up the Loft at UCSD

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, January 5-11

Monday 5 Get the jazz week rolling with a free noontime concert featuring the Rob Thorsen Trio with Bobby Cressey on piano and Fernando Gomez on drums at the Lyceum Theater Horton Plaza (79 Broadway ...

Jazzing in the New Year

...and other jazz happenings in and around San Diego December 31–January 4

Wednesday 31 Celebrate New Years Eve with Gilbert Castellanos and the Park West Ensemble at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. In addition to the music, a three-course dinner ...

Christmas Eve with Peter Sprague & Friends

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, December 23–27

Tuesday 23 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo will commence to making beautiful music together at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) beginning at 6:00 p.m. and continuing until 9:00 p.m. No cover charge. Wednesday ...

Thelonious Monk tribute at 98 Bottles

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 17-21

Wednesday 17 Now Time with Michael Oletta on bass, Reka Parker on piano, Jim Weiss on alto saxophone and Bob Daniels on drums settle in at Rebecca’s (3015 Juniper Street) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ...

The abundant life of Peter Kuhn

“As things started to really break for me, I was blowing relationships and embarrassing myself in a lot of ways.”

Mark Dresser Quintet returns to Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 8–14

Monday 8 Get your swing happening with the Palomar College Big Bands under the direction of Paul Seaforth when they play at Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) at 7:30 p.m. $15 at the door. Tuesday ...

New York trumpeter plays free concert

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, December 1-7

Monday 1 Saxophonist Gabriel Sundy and pianist Ed Kornhauser team up for an evening at the Turf Supper Club (1116 25th Street) at 9:00 p.m., no cover charge. Tuesday 2 Joe Garrison and his large ...

Jazz and turkey at the U.S. Grant Hotel

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego November 27–30

Thursday 27 Celebrate Turkey Day in style and some irony with committed vegetarians Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo at the U.S. Grant Hotel (326 Broadway) from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. adults $87, children $35. Friday ...

Composer Joe Garrison opens Book of Gratitude

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego November 17–23

Monday 17 Nothing like a free noon-time concert to start the jazz week on a roll, especially when it’s the Joshua White Trio with Rob Thorsen on bass and Duncan Moore on drums, playing at ...

Airto Moreira returns!

...and other jazz happening around San Diego November 10-16

Monday 10 Start the week off right with a free noon-time concert by the Joshua White Trio featuring Rob Thorsen on bass and Duncan Moore on drums at the Lyceum Theatre downtown, (79 Horton Plaza) ...

Experience Mingus with Robin Adler

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego November 3-9

Monday 3 Get the week started with some Latin jazz by the Zinchiladas featuring Alex Lopez, Barry Jaquess, Melanie Jaquess, John Cunningham, and Patrick Armenta at the Turquoise (873 Turquoise Street) from 7:00 to 9:30 ...

Dependent Origination go deep and free

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 29–November 2

Wednesday 29 KSDS Jazz 88 presents the Wednesday Blues Jam featuring guitar-slinger Mark Augustin and host J. Otis Williams at Proud Mary’s Southern Bar & Grill (5500 Kearny Mesa Road) from 6:30 to 9:30 it’s ...

Leonard Patton jams at Java Joe's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 20-26

Monday 20 Drive up to La Jolla to catch the Danny Green Trio with Julien Cantelm on drums and Justin Grinnell on bass at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) from 12:00 ...

Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas light up La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 13-19

Monday 13 The Ruby Duo featuring guitarist Bob Boss hold court at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., no cover charge … saxophonist Gabriel Sundy and pianist Ed Kornhauser ...

Dig the Joshua White Quintet at The Loft!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 6–12

Monday 6 Get your Latin Jazz on with the Zinchiladas featuring Alex Lopez, Barry Jaquess, Melanie Jaquess, John Cunningham, Alberto Diaz and Patrick Armenta at Turquoise, (873 Turquoise Street) from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ...

Feast with the Cookers in La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 29–October 5

Monday 29 The Ruby Duo featuring vocalist Ruby with Bob Boss on guitar start a two-night-stand at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue ) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for no cover. Tuesday 30 Vocalist ...

Big Jay McNeely gets honkin' on Adams Avenue

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 24–28

Wednesday 24 Miss Erika Davies & The Men featuring Aaron Mann, Jeremy Eikam, and Chris Carol light up at Ritual Beer Garden (4095 30th Street) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. free! … the Jazz 88 ...

Pure Daniel

“He wanted to stay around Southern California, you know he never ventured into New York. That’s where you’ve got to go to get an international reputation. Had he been exposed to a larger audience, he ...

Catch the Charles McPherson Quintet for free!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 15–21

Monday 15Guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos and bassist Evona Wascinski perform in duo at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6 to 9 p.m. for free! Tuesday 16 Steph Johnson on guitar and vocals and Rob ...

Joshua White debuts new trio at Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 10–14

Wednesday 10 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos opens the night by presenting the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) this week featuring John Avery. Castellanos plays the first set, starting at 7:00 p.m. ...

R.I.P. Daniel Jackson

Sax master leaves San Diego jazz scene many musical memories.

San Diego jazz sax master Daniel Jackson passed away this morning (September 3). Jackson was active in the jazz community since the late 1940s, famously touring Europe as a member of the Ray Charles band, ...

Fresh Sound September: Thollem McDonas & Alex Cline

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 2–7

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 ...

Nathan Collins does Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, August 25–31

Monday 25 The San Diego Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Brad Steinwehe, play creative big-band charts at Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) at 8:00 p.m. $15 cover … the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra with Dr. ...

Grammy man

Jazz player Kamau Kenyatta says he’s still learning.

When San Diego musician Kamau Kenyatta learned that his protégé Gregory Porter had won Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards for Liquid Spirits (an album Kenyatta produced), he was momentarily indisposed: “I ...

New York City pianist Larry Fuller comes to Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 20-24

Wednesday 20 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos begins his busy night presenting the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) featuring a young, up-and-coming jazz player at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. He’ll ...

Tonga Ross-Ma'u digs in at 98 Bottles

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego Aug. 11–17

Monday 11 Special farewell concert for vocalist/trombonist Lizzie Trombure will be held at the Reusch House (contact lenjumusic@gmail.com for details) with Leonard Patton on cajon and vocals and Peter Sprague on guitar. Patton promises an ...

When wood sings

“I’m starting over again. I mean, this move is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” says instrument repairman/musician Dave Millard, taking a break from shuttling materials from his former home workshop in South ...

Peter Sprague, Leonard Patton play Northern Spirits

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 5-10

Tuesday 5 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts his monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Avenue) with pianist Jason Shattil and drummer Duncan Moore at 8:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. Musicians are encouraged to ...

Catch Steph Johnson at Ecoverse

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, July 30–August 3

Wednesday 30 Steph Johnson brings special guests Tim McNalley on sitar and double bass with Jesse Charnow on tablas to Ecoverse (302 11th Avenue) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The concert is free, but donations ...

Antar Martin does a Dolphy tribute

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego Tuesday, July 22, through Saturday, July 26

Tuesday 22 Jazz Live a KSDS Jazz 88 production, continues their summer concert series with LA vocalist Barbara Morrison fronting an 18-piece orchestra and reflecting on the legacy of Dinah Washington at the Saville Theatre ...

Bell wins — Yay!

“I had a new CD coming out of 20th-century classical music, but I added an original piece dedicated to my flute mentor,” musician Lori Bell tells the Reader in an interview conducted in her second-floor ...

Pat Metheny Unity Group headlines at the Thorton Winery

...and other jazz happenings in San Diego Monday, July 14, through Sunday, July 20

Monday 14 A tribute to the late San Diego tenor saxophone giant Gary LeFebvre will be held at Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) featuring the West City Big Band under the direction of Rey Vinole. ...

Joe Garrison and Night People do a double-header

...and all that jazz around town this week

Tuesday 8 KSDS Jazz 88 continues their summer concert series with the Henry Franklin Quartet at the SD City College Saville Theatre (14th & C Street). Bassist Franklin will be joined by Theo Saunders on ...

Come jam with Ben Wanicur

Start July with a jam session!

Tuesday 1 It’s time for the monthly jam session hosted by the Benjamin Wanicur Trio with Joshua White on piano, Wanicur on bass, and Julien Cantelm on drums at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) which ...

Sprague & Friends debut new CD at City College

...and other jazz happenings in and around San Diego this week

Tuesday 24 The KSDS Jazz Live series kicks off their summer festivities with Peter Sprague & Friends doubling as CD- release party for Sprague’s new Ocean In Your Eyes disc featuring the guitarist's core duo ...

Saxophonist Melissa Aldana blows into La Jolla

The Monk competition winner makes her San Diego debut

Wednesday 18 The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) continues their concert series with the Melissa Aldana Crash Trio featuring Aldana on tenor saxophone, Pablo Menares on bass, and Francisco Mela on drums. ...

Out-of-town guitarists highlight this week in jazz

Nir Felder from NYC, Stanley Jordan from AZ, and Alex Noice from LA all play SD

Tuesday 10 The jazz week begins with visits from two out-of-town guitarists. From NYC, Nir Felder plays Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) with Frank Locrasto and Noah Garabedian, 8:00 p.m., $15 cover… Over at SD ...

Catch Besos de Coco in City Heights

...and other jazz happenings in and around San Diego this week

Wednesday 28 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos presents the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue), each week highlighting a rising jazz musician under the age of 25. This week, it’s the Elijah DesToucher ...

Keb' Mo' salutes cancer survivors at Humphreys

...and other jazz happenings in and around San Diego this week

Monday 19 The week kicks off with a good man doing a good thing for a good cause: Triple-Grammy winning blues artist Keb’ Mo’ will headline Scripps Concert for Cancer on Monday, May 19 at ...

Marco Eneidi & Cosmic Brujo cast free-jazz spell at Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings in and around San Diego this week

Monday 12 Vocalist Jonathan Karrant celebrates America’s crooners at Martinis Above Fourth (3940 Fourth Avenue) with Ed Kornhauser on piano, Ben Wanicur on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums. Concert starts at 8:00 p.m. and ...

New horn in town

“It was a ballsy move,” admits 28-year-old Grammy-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor on his relocation last January from Jersey City to San Diego. Taylor was playing hundreds of sideman gigs back East: “I didn’t realize how ...

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