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Stories by Robert Bush

Bill Cunliffe comes to 98 Bottles

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

Monday 3Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts the 3rd Space Underground Jam Session (4610 Park Boulevard) with special guest Lenny Roberts on saxophone, Jason Shattil on piano, and Charles Weller on drums. 8 p.m., $5 cover. Tuesday ...

Leonard Patton, Lizzi Trumbore do Jazz Live

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 21–26

Tuesday 21 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo play Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Free… Jazz Live presents Lizzi Trumbore, Leonard Patton, Justin Grinnell, and Peter Sprague at the ...

Ben Wanicur jams at 3rd Space

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

Monday 13 Saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez presents the Music of Blue Note at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. Tuesday 14 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts his monthly jam session ...

Jazz 'toons

There was always music in Forrest Westbrook's house

When local jazz pianist Forrest Westbrook passed away last year, his daughters Leslie and Yvonne had to clean out his City Heights apartment. “We had the daunting task of clearing out 10,000 LPs, 4000 CDs, ...

Jazz Live featuring Nathan Hubbard

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego July 7–12

Tuesday 7 Nathan Hubbard is the featured artist at KSDS Jazz Live (City College, 14th & C Street) with Molly Whitaker, Nina Deering, Shannon Perkins, Ed Kornhauser, Branson NeJame, Harley Magsino, and Jerome Salazar at ...

Banjo Bert does Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 30-July 5

Tuesday 30 Steph Johnson and Rob Thorsen play in duo at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6 until 9:30 p.m. No cover charge… The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, featuring Phylicia Barron on vocals, ...

Between rock and an earthquake

San Diego musicians gather at the Merrow on a night for Nepal

“I wanted to get involved in putting together a benefit for Nepal when I learned that a second large earthquake had hit the area, only two weeks after the first,” Steph Johnson informs the Reader, ...

Young Lions roam

New generation jazz jam led by Gilbert Castellanos moves from Croce's to Panama 66

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos sent out a press release on June 4 announcing that his mentoring program, the Young Lions Series, would be entering its final month in residency at Croce’s Park West, after a 16-month-long ...

Julia Hülsmann Trio plays the Athenaeum

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, June 23–28

Tuesday 23 LA vocalist Julie Kelly stars at Jazz Live (Saville Theatre, 14th & City) the Jazz88 concert series, with Tom Ranier on piano, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums at 8:00 ...

Open a Juice Box at the Merrow

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 16–21

Tuesday 16 Juice Box with Matt Smith on drums, Ed Kornhauser on keys, Kevin Jones on bass, and Louis Valenzuela on guitar hit it at the Merrow (1271 University Avenue) at 9 p.m. Free…. The ...

The shows must go on

An injured Mark Dresser plays through of New York dates

Local bassist Mark Dresser has just returned from New York, where he performed two concerts per night, six nights in a row at the Stone (an East Village performance venue dedicated to experimental music). It ...

Quebec-based Trifolio trio visits La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego June 9–14

Tuesday 9Cuban firebrand pianist Chuchito Valdez kicks off the summer season of the KSDS Jazz Live concert series with a solo performance at the Saville Theatre on the campus of San Diego City College (14th ...

Benny Green Trio comes to La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, June 3–7

Wednesday 3 Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) this week featuring Alvin Paige, starting at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover. He plays the first set, then ...

Rebecca Jade plays Sade at Dizzy's

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

Tuesday 26 Gilbert Castellanos presents the Tuesday Night Big Band Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) featuring the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra at 6:30 p.m. for a $5 cover. Wednesday 27 Gilbert Castellanos ...

Birthday concert for Nathan Hubbard at Dizzy's!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, May 19-24

Tuesday 19 Revenge of the Grapes with Zack Chase, Tobin Chodos, Kyle Motl, and Nathan Hubbard set up at UC San Diego’s The Loft (911 Lyman Lane) from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for free... Kronomorfic ...

Reka Parker, Paul Seaforth celebrate Kenny Wheeler

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego May 13–17

Wednesday 13 It’s always a busy night for trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, who starts early by hosting the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) this week featuring Nathan Collins at 7:00 p.m. ...

Mundell Lowe returns to Dizzy's

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

Tuesday 5 Lori Bell and Ron Satterfield perform at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. for a $5 cover … bassist Ben Wanicur hosts the 3rd Space Monthly Underground Jam ...

Kjell Nordeson: solo percussion in Barrio Logan

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, April 27–May 3

Monday 27 Trumpeter Dave Ballou joins bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Kjell Nordeson at UC San Diego’s The Loft (911 Lyman Lane) the music starts at 8:00 p.m. and the concert is free! … drummer ...

SF Jazz Collective comes to La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, April 20–26

Monday 20 Athenaeum Jazz presents the SF Jazz Collective with Miguel Zenon, David Sanchez, Warren Wolf, Avishai Cohen, Robin Eubanks, Edward Simon, Matt Penman, and Obed Calvaire at TSRI (10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive) at ...

Hubbard plays Lorca

“I was in shock,” composer/percussionist Nathan Hubbard confesses to the Reader over the phone, regarding his surprise win for Best Jazz CD at last year’s SDMA ceremony. “I ran up there to accept it but ...

Jim Black comes to the Loft at UCSD

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego April 14–19

Tuesday 14 Brooklyn-based drummer Jim Black comes to The Loft at UCSD (911 Lyman Lane) leading a band with Oscar Noriega, Anthony Burr, and local bassist Mark Dresser at 8:00 p.m. $10 general admission … ...

Jazz camp dream team

“It’s a small camp by design,” says Dan Atkinson, founder of the UCSD Jazz Camp, an annual workshop open to students aged 14 and up. “We can take a maximum of about 55 students ­— ...

Marks Brothers plus Open Loose at UCSD

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego April 7-12

Tuesday 7 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Jason Shattil on piano and Charlie Weller on drums at 8:00 p.m. for a $5 cover … big ...

Nathan Hubbard's Passengers at Seven Grand

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March 31–April 4

Tuesday 31 Flutist Lori Bell joins guitarist/vocalist Ron Satterfield at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. for a $5 cover. Wednesday 1 The Jazz 88 Blues Jam Session with guitarist ...

Anat Cohen comes to La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March 23-29

Monday 23 From NYC by way of Israel, the Anat Cohen Quartet with Aaron Goldberg, Vicente Archer, and Daniel Freedman on drums play an Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI gig (10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive) at ...

Jazz valley

“Kirk is a guy who wants to present this music because he thinks it’s the right art form for the hotel — he’s made a commitment, wants it to be ongoing, because he wants the ...

Percussion series gets fresh at Bread & Salt

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March. 18-22

Wednesday 18 Now Time with Michael Oletta on bass, Reka Parker on piano, and Bob Daniels are setting up at Rebecca’s (3015 Juniper Street) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. no cover … the KSDS ...

The Loft doffs Tin Hat

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, March 9-15

Monday 9 Nothing like a free noon-time concert to get the jazz week rolling: the Nathan Hubbard Trio featuring Reka Parker on piano, Mackenzie Leighton on bass and Hubbard on drums play the Athenaeum Music ...

Sound science

Music of a different stripe

The creative-music scene at UC San Diego has long been a magnet for adventurous musicians from all over the globe. There is a singular sense of exploration and an emphasis on the new that separates ...

Where the jazzcats jam

Seven Grand vs 3rd Space vs 98 Bottles

“I’m in it for the love of the music, I don’t get rich on doing this,” trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos tells the Reader on a static-heavy cell phone call from the Las Vegas airport. “I’m proud ...

Jaime Valle Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Studio

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

Monday 2 The Nathan Hubbard Trio with Reka Parker on piano and Mackenzie Leighton on bass play a free, noon-time concert at the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza). Tuesday 3 Bassist Ben Wanicur leads the ...

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) ...

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