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The Loft hosts improv jazz trio Jones Jones

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego May 24-29

Tuesday 24 The internationally recognized improvising trio Jones Jones, with Mark Dresser on bass, Vladimir Tarasov on drums, and Larry Ochs on reeds, plays the Loft (911 Lyman Lane, UCSD) at 8 p.m. with the ...

Skeleton keyed up

Nathan Hubbard's new big band, the Skeleton Key Orchestra, releases Furiously Dreaming

“Writing for a large ensemble in San Diego is just ridiculous,” says drummer/composer Nathan Hubbard, the winner of the 2014 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Recording. Hubbard is back in the news with ...

Nathan Hubbard's birthday bash

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

Monday 16 The Steph Johnson Trio with Rob Thorsen and Fernando Gomez play a noontime concert at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 1008 Wall Street. Free. Tuesday 17 Jazz 88 presents Jazz Live ...

Burning Ghosts appear at the Merrow

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

Monday 9 The Joshua White Trio with Leonard Patton and Richard Sellers play the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza) at 12 p.m. Free… The Gabriel Sundy Jazz Trio with Mack Leighton and Matthew Smith hit ...

Gregory Porter returns to San Diego

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego May 3–8

Tuesday 3 The Bonny Wellington Trio with Matt Smith and Ben Wanicur host the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) at 8 p.m. for a $5 cover. Wednesday 4 Gilbert Castellanos begins ...

Kyle Motl solo bass recital at UCSD

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego April 25-May 1

Wednesday 27 Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos begins his busy night at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) by hosting the Young Lions Series at 6:30 p.m. before switching over to lead the jam session from 8:30 to ...

Kamau Kenyatta plays the Rep

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego April 18-24

Monday 18 Kamau Kenyatta leads a new quartet with Thalma de Freitas, Peter Jacobson, and David Castaneda at the North Coast Repertory Theatre (987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive) at 7:30 p.m. $22. Tuesday 19 Juice ...

Joshua White Sextet at Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego April 12-17

Tuesday 12 Peter Sprague debuts the Sanctuary Suite at the Oceanside Museum of Art (704 Pier View Way) with Beth Ross Buckley, Fred Benedetti, Gunnar Biggs, and Duncan Moore. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 ...

Free jazz trio at Bread & Salt

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego April 5–10

Tuesday 5 Ben Wanicur leads the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Lorraine Castellanos, Mariela Contreras, Ed Kornhauser, and Fernando Gomez from 8 to 11 p.m. $5 at the door. Wednesday ...

Angles 3 makes San Diego debut

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March 30-April 2

Wednesday 30 Angles 3, featuring Kjell Nordeson on drums, Ingerbrikt Haker Flaten on bass, and Martin K. on saxophone make a rare U.S. date at the Loft (9500 Gilman Drive) at 8 p.m. This concert ...

Women in Jazz

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March 23-26

Wednesday 23 The Jazz 88 Blues Jam goes down with guests Robin Henkel and Billy Watson hosted by J. Otis Williams and Mark Augustin at Proud Mary’s Southern Bar & Grill (5500 Kearny Mesa Road) ...

Luciana Souza: Speaking in Tongues tour

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March 14-20

Monday 14 The Danny Green Trio with Justin Grinnell and Julien Cantelm play the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza) in a free concert at 12 p.m… the Ray Briz Trio with Rob Thorsen and Carlos ...

Ashley Bathgate solo cello in the Barrio

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March 7-13

Monday 7 Michael Blake’s Tiddy Boom Quartet with Frank Kimbrough, Ben Allison, and Rudy Royston play the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) at 7:30 p.m. $26 general admission, $21 members, $15 student ...

It’s not like I’m there to make money

Jazz followers are the snobs of the city

Dan Atkinson “I started at the Athenaeum in 1989, before there even was a jazz series,” recalls jazz program coordinator Dan Atkinson over lunch in La Jolla. “It hasn’t been a constant series of challenges; ...

Roscoe Mitchell makes San Diego show

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 29 through March 6

Monday 29 A bebop Leap Year is celebrated at Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) by Charlie Arbelaez, Matt Hall, Irving Flores, Mackenzie Leighton, and Duncan Moore at 8 p.m. $15 general admission, $10 students, cash ...

Ralph Alessi brings group to La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 23-28

Tuesday 23 The Steph Johnson/Rob Thorsen Duo play Café 21 (802 Fifth Avenue) from 7 to 10 p.m. No cover charge. Wednesday 24 The Joe Lovano/John Scofield Quartet come to the Price Center Ballroom East ...

Aaron Goldberg Trio in La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 15-21

Monday 15 Rob Thorsen and Jory Herman present Two Sides of the Double Bass at the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza) at noon and it’s free! Wednesday 17 HM3 with Harley Magsino, Joshua White, Charles ...

Gary Peacock Trio comes to Scripps Research Institute

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, February 9-14

Tuesday 9 Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Jazz Live and the Euphoria Brass Band, featuring Sue Palmer and Leonard Patton, with Ron Bocian, Drew Miller, Steve Ebner, April West, David Jackson, J.P. Balmat, and Wayne Rice ...

Joshua White (((CODES))) at the Loft

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego February 1–7

Monday 1 The Steph Johnson Trio with Rob Thorsen and Fernando Gomez play the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza) from 12 to 1 p.m. in a free concert. Tuesday 2 Ben Wanicur leads a trio ...

Croce's Park West says goodbye

San Diego jazz community is reeling

Restaurateur Ingrid Croce, who owned San Diego’s longest-running jazz venue (in one form or another) has suddenly shuttered the doors at Croce’s Park West, the nightspot she and husband Jimmy Rock opened in Bankers Hill ...

Abbey Rader returns to the Loft

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 25–31

Monday 25 Start the jazz week off right with a free noon-time concert by the Rob Thorsen Trio with Joshua White and Johnny Steele at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) from ...

Celebrating Daniel Jackson week

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 19–24

Tuesday 19HM3 with Harley Magsino, Charles Weller, and Joshua White , Juice Box, and JB and the Movers play the Merrow (1271 University Avenue) at 9 p.m. $5 cover at the door. Wednesday 20 Gilbert ...

Joshua White debuts new quintet

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 12-17

Tuesday 12Jazz Live (1313 Park Boulevard) opens the week with a tribute to the iconic pianist Bill Evans, with John Campbell, Darek Oles, and Duncan Moore. This concert begins at 8:00 p.m., but is preceded ...

Curtis Taylor hits Happy Hour at the Handlery

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego January 5-9

Tuesday 5 The Lanny Roberts Quartet with Jason Shattil on piano, Ben Wanicur on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums play the monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard ) at 8 p.m. ...

Bring in the New Year with jazz!

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 28-January 3

Wednesday 30 Gilbert Castellanos begins his double-shift evening at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) by hosting the Young Lions Series at 6 p.m. At 8:30, he leads the jam session until 11:30 p.m. All-ages, no ...

Peter Sprague & Friends annual Christmas party

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 21 - 27

Monday 21 Guitarist Bob Boss leads a quartet with Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet, Duncan Moore on drums, and Marshall Hawkins on bass at the North Coast Repertory Theater (987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive), Suite D, ...

Mary Oliver solo string concert

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 16-20

Wednesday 16The Purity of Essence Jazz Trio featuring Ed Kornhauser, Mackenzie Leighton, and Isaac Crow play original music at the Studio Door (3760 30th Street) at 7 p.m. for a $5 cover. Thursday 17 Fresh ...

The Bad Plus adds Joshua Redman

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 8-13

Tuesday 8 The Bad Plus adds saxophonist Joshua Redman for a show at the Music Box (formerly known as Anthology) in Little Italy (1337 India Street) at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $50 ...

Charlie Hunter Trio returns

...and other happenings around San Diego December 1-6

Tuesday 1 The Ben Wanicur Trio with special guest Jonathan Karrant hold court at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Ed Kornhauser and Matthew Smith from 8 p.m. for a $5 entry. Wednesday 2 Rob ...

Monk tribute at 98 Bottles

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego November 24-29

Tuesday 24Pianist Robert Parker plays solo at the Real Bar & Bistro (124 Solana Hills Drive) at 6:30 p.m. No cover charge, but there is an expectation that food and drinks are moved… Steph Johnson ...

Jazz at the Jacobs opens

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

Monday 16 Abrash presents: Flandrew Fleisenbreg & Loren Groendaal, Nathan Hubbard, Michiko Ogawa, Nick Lesley, and Nicolee Kuester at Space 4 Art (325 15th Street) at 7 p.m. $8 at the door. Tuesday 17 The ...

Don Menza at Jazz Live

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

Monday 9 Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact with Alfred Howard, Jason Littlefield, Jake Najor, Dillon Casey, and Tim Felten play the Soda Bar (3615 El Cajon Boulevard). Doors open at 8 p.m. $10. Tuesday ...

Brad Mehldau Trio: Sold out in La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego November 2–8

Tuesday 3 The Ben Wanicur Trio, with Ian Tordella on saxophone and Duncan Moore on drums, hosts the jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) from 8 to 11 p.m. $5 cover charge. Wednesday ...

Fresh Sound: Vicky Chow at Dizzy's

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 26-November 1

Monday 26 The Ian Tordella Trio with Ben Wanicur on bass and Charles Weller on drums play the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) at noon for free! Wednesday 28 Guitarist Louis Valenzuela ...

Charles Lloyd returns to La Jolla

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 19-25

Monday 19 The Steph Johnson/ Rob Thorsen Duo play Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Tuesday 20 Jazz legend Charles Lloyd returns to La Jolla with ...

Mikan Zlatkovich goes to the movies

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

Monday 12 The Loft at UC San Diego (911 Lyman Lane) presents a Tribute to Billie Holiday and Billy Strayhorn, featuring Leonard Patton, David Borgo, Tobin Chodos, Antar Martin, and Duncan Moore at 8 p.m. ...

The game has changed for San Diego jazz scene

Gilbert Castellanos talks about his double-the-jazz jam at Panama 66

“I found out my jam session at Seven Grand was being canceled with just one week’s notice,” trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos related to the Reader over breakfast at Swami’s in North Park. “I mean, the manager, ...

Youth and experience mingle at Panama 66

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego October 6-11

Tuesday 6 Bassist Ben Wanicur hosts his monthly jam session at 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Duncan Moore on drums and Jason Shattil on piano at 8:00 p.m. $5 at the door. Wednesday 7 ...

Florent Ghys opens Fresh Sound

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

Monday 28 The Fresh Sound fall series begins with a solo bass + electronics/video performance by Florent Ghys at Bread & Salt at 7:30 p.m. $15 general admission, $10 students. Wednesday 30 The Loft (911 ...

Mark Dresser unveils new septet

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 23-27

Wednesday 23Nexus 4000, featuring Gabriel Sundy, Gabriel Wolf, Nate Jarrell, Grant Fisher, Ed Kornhauser, Mack Leighton, and Charlie Weller play the Whistle Stop (2236 Fern Street) at 9 p.m. No cover… Gilbert Castellanos presents the ...

Besos de Coco at the Handlery

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego, September 15-20

Tuesday 15 The Steph Johnson/Rob Thorsen Duo play Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Wednesday 16 Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Young Lions Series at Panama 66 (1450 ...

Doug Webb Quartet does Jazz Live

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 8-13

Tuesday 8 Jazz 88 showcases Jazz Live featuring the Doug Webb Quartet with pianist Mitchell Forman, bassist Kevin Axt, and drummer Dan Schnelle at the Saville Theatre (14th & C Street) at 8 p.m. Free ...

Peter Sprague's not done, but he'll take the award

When is the right time to honor a lifetime in music?

“That fellow named Kevin [Hellman], who is in charge of the awards, called me about a month ago and said they’d like to do that,” says 59-year-old jazz guitarist Peter Sprague, on the phone to ...

Charlie Arbelaez Quartet at Croce's Park West

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego September 2-6

Tuesday 1Bassist Ben Wanicur's monthly jam session returns to 3rd Space (4610 Park Boulevard) with Robert Dove and Matthew Smith for $5 cover. Wednesday 2 Catch Tin/Bag and the Nathan Hubbard Quartet with Kris Tiner, ...

Music in the streets at the Imperial Avenue Festival

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 26–30

Wednesday 26 Gilbert Castellanos begins his evening by hosting the Young Lions Series, featuring Hugo Suarez, at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) at 6 p.m. From there he’s off to the jazz jam session at ...

Esperanza Spalding's symphonic debut

...and other jazz happenings August 19-23

Wednesday 19Gilbert Castellanos begins his busy night by hosting the Young Lions Series, featuring Arien Jamanila at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) at 6:00 p.m. before heading to Seven Grand (3054 University Avenue) for the ...

Angelica Pruitt leads young lions

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego August 12-16

Wednesday 12The KSDS Blues Jam goes down at Proud Mary’s (5500 Kearny Mesa Road) hosted by Mark Augustin with special guest Fuzzy Rankins from 6:30 p.m. No cover charge… Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Young ...

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 ...

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