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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 ...

Geoffrey Keezer and Peter Sprague Unite

Local pianist Geoffrey Keezer and guitarist Peter Sprague teamed up to form a new jazz band that sold out the Saville Theater. The concert served as a CD-release party for their debut, Mill Creek Road. ...

Nnenna Freelon Wows the Crowd at Sold Out Saville Theatre

Six-time Grammy nominee and Concord recording artist, Nnenna Freelon brought her golden pipes to the Saville Theater at City College. Accompanying her was pianist Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails) and locals ...

John Abercrombie's East Coast Jazz Meets West Coast Manners at Anthology

Guitarist John Abercrombie brought his New York Quartet to Anthology for a rare San Diego appearance. Abercrombie shared the spotlight with violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Thomas Morgan, and downtown favorite, drummer Joey Baron. The concert ...

Who Made the Scene in Ocean Beach?

The O.B. Music and Arts Festival emerged from its economically influenced hiatus on September 11, more ambitious than ever with 7 venues and 27 acts. Difficult to pick standouts, but the performance of the Geoffrey ...

A Triumphant Return

New York Jazz vocalist Kendra Shank had a triumphant return to San Diego. The Point Loma High grad has several well-received and critically acclaimed releases under her belt — namely Mosaic and Spirit Free: The ...

Scrapple from the Apple

Jazz history was on display at the Saville Theater with the sold-out performance of the Mundell Lowe Quartet. One of the original participants in the Bebop revolution, Lowe's resume includes work experience with three of ...

Shoot-Out at the Saville

Lovers of Latin jazz flocked to the Saville Theater for a sold-out performance by the Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble. Most of the members of this red-hot sextet hail from New York City, and there ...

From the Jazz Corner

KSDS deejay and jazz vocalist Cynthia Hammond celebrated the 20th anniversary of her weekly program "Local Jazz Corner" with a concert featuring three jazz combos. Opening the show was a trio led by San Diego ...

Jasmine

Jasmine is the first recorded collaboration by Jarrett and Haden in 30 years. Haden was an integral member of Jarrett's ensembles in the 1970s, playing a role in some of the finest music made in ...

Ever Since the World Ended...

Sly, spry octogenarian bluesman Mose Allison is the ultimate hipster. Along with Carlsbad bassist Gunnar Biggs, the pianist-singer delivered what his audience expected, judging by the raucous applause between numbers. Mr. Allison has been doing ...

Jazz Classic

Golson is the composer of at least eight jazz classics that are played every night by jazz musicians all over the world. At age 81, he looks and plays like someone 20 years his junior. ...

For the Birds

There have been moments in Frisell's career where he may have been the most startlingly original guitarist in jazz; on this night, he sounded like Jerry Garcia on Thorazine. The concert began with 10 minutes ...

Shards of Mayhem

Diminutive, 68-year-old Polish free-jazzman Tomasz Stanko led a new quintet of 30-something Scandinavians through a thoughtful, occasionally fiery 90-minute set. Stanko has come a long way from when he was initially dismissed as a Lester ...

Dark Sand Duo

The duo of Sergio Salvatore (piano) and Christo Rafalides (vibes) began with the title cut from their recent release Dark Sand and continued with a funky off-kilter version of Charles Mingus's "Nostalgia in Times Square." ...

What Is Enough?

Kevyn Lettau and Peter Sprague have played prominent parts in the San Diego jazz scene for several years. Though Lettau has relocated to Los Angeles, she and Sprague have continued a musical relationship. What Is ...

'Trane Keeps a-Rollin'

Veteran bassist Henry Franklin's quartet is loaded with ringers. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence has long been a star with a c.v. that includes employment with the legendary McCoy Tyner. Pianist Theo Saunders's virtuosity is both brawny ...