Staff Blog Entries

Allison Adams Tucker: Django unchained Aug. 4

The vocalist plays tribute to the French guitar hero and others at Dizzy's.

Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker creates a new twist on an old concept August 4 at the new Dizzy's (4275 Mission ...

Barbara Dennerlein + Daniel Jackson: live in Balboa Park

Dennerlein did her best to make the huge outdoor pipe organ swing -- with mixed results.

I caught the first set of Barbara Dennerlein's concert at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion on July 29, my first experience ...

Rhythm triplicate at Dizzy's

Brian Levy, Mikan Zlatkovich and Peter Sprague have a shared sense of propulsive chemistry.

On July 28, three improvisers met on common ground for a night of open-ended discourse conducted "in the moment" for ...

Making art in the museum: Joshua White Quintet

An intense night of powerful, beautiful music.

The Joshua White Quintet performance on July 25, at the San Diego Museum of Art was standing room only -- ...

This week in San Diego jazz

Several great concerts coming up, but decisions will have to be made.

There is a lot coming up in the local jazz scene this week. Here are a few can't miss propositions: ...

Song for his father: The Wrecking Crew

Filmaker Denny Tedesco's informative and hilarious celebration of the unknown LA studio musicians who created much of what we call pop-music.

I was among the lucky few of approximately 500 music lovers who took advantage of the opportunity to take in ...

The force was with them

"Jazz meets Star Wars"? Gilbert Castellanos made it happen.

Gilbert Castellanos' "Jazz Meets Star Wars," concert on July 19 at Dizzy's could not have been more successful -- both ...

White does Monk

The always surprising pianist led an inspired quartet through his distinctive take on classic material.

The rewards of experiencing pianist Joshua White live as often as possible can not be exaggerated. Jazz, in its purest ...

Jazz meets Star Wars this weekend!

Gilbert Castellanos applies his jazz magic to the John Williams soundtrack themes in honor of Comic-Con.

"I'm a total Star Wars nerd," admits local trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, who is planning an extravagant "Jazz meets Star Wars," ...

Brian Levy takes the Coltrane

Celebrating the music of John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner with Mikan Zlatkovich, Hamilton Price and Kevin Higuchi.

The music of jazz titan John Coltrane will forever serve as a touchstone for me, so it was with great ...

Delivering in the moment: Joshua White Quintet

With special guest trumpeter Hugh Ragin, White's music took transformative turns.

The July 11 performance of the Joshua White Quintet at Dizzy's exceeded expectations by almost every metric one could imagine. ...

Jazz 88 All Stars live

Veteran drummer Barry Farrar led the band in a tribute to Art Blakey.

In a kind of "home-grown" affair, the Jazz 88 All Stars appeared at City College on July 9, for the ...

Joshua White Quintet featuring Hugh Ragin July 11 @ Dizzy's

White's quintet draws players from LA and Colorado.

Joshua White Quintet gigs are always something to look forward to, and the July 11 hit at Dizzy's has been ...

Night of the Cookers at Dizzy's

Gilbert Castellanos and Brian Lynch locked into a friendly trumpet "cutting-contest" that raised the roof in the Pacific Beach venue. Special guest Charles McPherson blew it completely off.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos brought fellow horn-man Brian Lynch into town on July 7, for Night of the Cookers, Vol. III, ...

Bop Moderno fills the Back Room

An inspired combination of local jazz heavyweights.

The San Diego jazz all-star aggregation known as Bop Moderno took the stage in The Back Room at 98 Bottles ...

Ben Schachter's Occidentia live in Pacific Beach

Boasting an unusual sonic lineup, Occidentia reached for different sounds.

Tenor saxophonist Ben Schachter isn't just an excellent improviser -- he's also quite the conceptualist, a fact very much in ...

Jazz trifecta weekend

There's something for just about every musical taste happening.

The holiday weekend is looking busy for jazz fans, with excellent shows on the 5th, 6th and 7th. Ben Schachter's ...

"The Wrecking Crew" documentary: one day only

Two screenings of this film about legendary LA studio musicians happen on July 20, at the Saville Theatre at City College, courtesy KSDS Jazz 88.

Music fans of all stripes (especially those who can remember the 1960s), have an incredible opportunity coming their way: on ...

The touch of a master: Mike Wofford live in La Jolla

Everything Wofford plays has a purity of expression.

Piano master Mike Wofford has lived such a storybook career that it's easy to get lost in the long maze ...

White Quartet live at the Museum of Art

This is a great space to catch creative music.

San Diego piano virtuoso Joshua White continues to evolve at a dizzying pace, well evidenced by his debut performance at ...

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