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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 ...

Husband and wife piano team star in La Jolla

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes come to town

Tuesday 3 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts a jam session at 3rd Space (4160 Park Boulevard) with pianist Jason Shattil and drummer Duncan Moore. It all begins at 8:00 p.m. with a $5 cover. Wednesday 4 ...

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 ...

Holly Hofmann delivers Low Life to the Scripps Research Institute

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

Monday 5 Vocalist Coral McFarland Thuet with trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, pianist Irving Flores, drummer Mike Holguin, and bassist Rob Thorsen play SDSU’s International Student Center (5500 Campanile Drive) at 4 p.m. Free!... the HM3 featuring ...

Avant-garde trio the Bad Plus total UCSD this week

...and more jazz happenings in and around San Diego

Wednesday 30 The Lou Damian/Nathan Hubbard/Jerome Salazar Trio do their thing at Tin Can Ale House (1863 Fifth Avenue) at 9:00 p.m. $5 cover… Gilbert Castellanos presents the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West ...

Benefit for local jazz treasure Daniel Jackson is on at Dizzy's

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

Wednesday 23 Gilbert Castellanos presents the Young Lions series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) featuring Lizzi Trumbore, 7 p.m. $5 cover… It’s the Jazz Jam Session this week at Seven Grand Whiskey Bar ...

Jazz came knocking

“He’s like a breath of fresh air to our community. I don’t have to worry at all about the direction the music is taking because when you play with Joshua, he’s going to bring it. ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs, April 16-21

Chris Speed Trio performs on Easter Sunday

Wednesday 16 L.A.-based violinist Nora Germain is the star of this weeks’ Young Lion’s series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) joined by pianist Ed Kornhauser and bassist Will Pierce. 7 p.m. $5 cover… ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs: April 8-13

Tuesday 8 Bassist Kyle Motl explores the music of Anthony Braxton with saxophonist Adam Tinkle, pianist Josh Charney and drummer Putu Hiranmayena, followed by a duet performance with Tobin Chodos on piano at the Loft ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs: April 1–5

Tuesday 1 The good folks at SD Center for the Arts will be present a special evening of solo percussion with Tatsuya Nakatani and special guests Mudhead. The organization has a new venue in North ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs: March 26-30

Violinist Jamie Shadowlight leads an all-star band on Friday

Wednesday 26 Trumpet master Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 5th Avenue). This week’s featured artist is saxophonist Chaz Cabrera. Castellanos will play the first set (7:00 p.m., $5 ...

This week in the San Diego Jazz Clubs: March 17–23

Check out the "Legends of Jazz" on Saturday night

Monday 17 Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) with Celtic Groove featuring Wanda Law on Irish fiddle, Beth Ross-Buckley on flute, Fred Benedetti on guitar, Jon Szanto on percussion and Jeff ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs: March 10–16

Jazz is happening every night this week

Monday 10 Pianist Danny Green’s trio with bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm play a free noontime concert at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street, La Jolla). The Robin Henkel Band ...

This week in the San Diego jazz clubs, March 4–8

Nicole Mitchell makes a rare San Diego appearance.

Tuesday 4 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts the Jam Session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with John Opferkuch on piano and Tim McMahon on drums. Pianist Mikan Zlatkovich is joined by Katie Thiroux on bass ...

This week in the San Diego Jazz clubs: February 25–March 2

Joe Garrison's Night People are coming.

Tuesday 25 BrainTweet plays the Loft at UCSD (911 Lyman lane). The band features Boaz Roberts, Kyle Blair, Zach Chase Lipton, Tobin Chodos, and Kevin Higuchi. 8 p.m. FREE! Wednesday 26 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos does ...

The week in jazz in San Diego, February 18–23

Everything from dixieland to the avant-garde

Tuesday 18 Saxophonist David Borgo is joined by pianist Tobin Chodos and bassist Tim McNalley for happy-hour at UC San Diego’s the Loft. Free admission. 5:00-6:00 pm. Wednesday 19 Trumpeter Jeff Kaiser will appear with ...

This week in jazz, November 5–11

Lots of local and national acts coming our way

More jazz than you can shake a stick at this week. Tuesday 5Joe Garrison and Night People perform at UC San Diego's The Loft. The composer is bringing in a 14-piece version of Night People, ...

Castellanos wins big at the SDMA

First time an Artist of the Year goes to a jazz musician

"To be honest, I've been going to these things every year for the last 18 years," says trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos of the San Diego Music Awards. "And I've learned to accept that I'm probably not ...

Halloween week jazz picks

A full week of jazz ahead

Lots of musical tricks and treats for the jazz fan this week. Here are the Reader's top picks: Tuesday 29ECM recording artist Lucian Ban makes his debut San Diego appearance at UCSD's Loft. Ban is ...

The Lofty job of Brian Ross

Students learn the ins and outs of concert booking

"I'm excited about getting through this week — because we've had three sellout shows," Brian Ross, program and events manager for University Centers tells the Reader. "I'm amped about my student staff and what they ...

The week in jazz 'round San Diego

Friday night is busy

Lots of jazz coming your way this week. Here are our prime picks. Wednesday 23Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos continues his weekly Jam Session in North Park. It's the "Latin Week" session, featuring pianist Irving Flores, bassist ...

It's the Who, right?

Drummer Nathan Hubbard to play the role of Keith Moon in Moonlight Amphitheatre’s production of The Who’s Tommy.

Mike Keneally misses his couch

“We’re covering a lot of North America on a two-month tour. I really love traveling, which is a good thing, considering how much of it I’ve been doing lately,” says multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally, adding, “when ...

Our Pulitzer pianist

Composer, pianist, UCSD professor Anthony Davis talks about his shot at a Pulitzer and his day with the Dead.

Out of one jam and into another — Dmitri Matheny dizzies Dizzy's

San Francisco-based flugelhorn specialist Dmitri Matheny hit a three-hour L.A. traffic jam on the way to his Dizzy's gig, arriving in P.B. just in time to meet the local rhythm section of bassist Justin Grinnell ...

Jazz Joints

If you know where to go, the dedicated jazz fan can find something happening in San Diego seven days a week. Here are eight recommended spots: The New Dizzy’s All ages. Cover: $15, $10 students. ...

Open your ears

KSDS assistant music director Chad Fox plays nontraditional jazz: “I’d say that at least 85 percent of our listeners have been very positive.”

Let it breathe

San Diego jazz artists Leonard Patton and Joshua White are heading to NYC to make a record with members of Pat Metheny’s Unity Band and other big-name musicians.

Time to jam

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos did his last Wednesday-night gig at El Camino bar/restaurant on October 31.

One Busy Bassist

Bassist Mark Dresser continues to gig in Europe and the East Coast rather than home in San Diego at a 10-1 ratio.

Bowels of the Horn

Jeff Kaiser played trumpet and guitar in the Presbyterian Church before becoming a minister. Now he makes computer-accentuated music that sounds satanic at times.

Spragueland

Local jazz guitarist Peter Sprague is putting the finishing touches on two recordings set for summer release on his SBE Records label. “SBE stands for striving-to-break even,” Sprague informs me during a tour of his ...

Louis Hayes Quartet Closes Out 2011 KSDS Jazz Live

Jazz drummer Louis Hayes performed at the Saville Theatre for the final installment of this spring’s "KSDS Jazz Live" series. Hayes has played with several jazz greats, from John Coltrane to Woody Shaw; he once ...

Korb and Cosmologic — Relaxed and Swinging at UCSD

UCSD's music department has been presenting concerts all week featuring returning alumni and staff, including singer and bassist Kristen Korb, who opened Saturday's show, and the creative free-jazz co-op Cosmologic, which closed it. The event ...

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