Staff Blog Entries

Jazz camping at UCSD

This is one hell of a week-long immersion into the music.

Things I wish... I wish there had been programs like the annual UCSD Jazz Camp available back when I was ...

Joshua White goes it alone at Dizzy's

Straddling the "inside" and the "outside" like a colossus, White delivered the goods.

It is a rare, and beautiful thing to have the opportunity to witness a singular talent developing at a pace ...

Young Lions display pride at Dizzy's

Gilbert Castellanos brought five young musicians together for an opportunity to shine on their own.

San Diego trumpet master Gilbert Castellanos is always involved in giving back to the jazz community, and the June 22 ...

Joshua White: solo, June 23

One man, one piano and a world of ideas.

San Diegan's will have the rare opportunity to experience the piano mastery of Joshua White in a solo context on ...

George Colligan Trio live in La Jolla

Solid mainstream piano trio featuring Hamilton Price and Steve Hass.

Well traveled sideman pianist George Colligan made a trio hit at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library on June 16, ...

Bert Turetzky, Chuck Perrin, Bob Weller, Charlie Weller: Jazz & Poetry

Turetzky and Perrin transformed words into music with help from the Weller's.

Contrabass virtuoso Bert Turetzky joined forces with Chuck Perrin to present a night of bass and poetry -- specifically the ...

Kwassman Sextet storms Dizzy's

An extremely talented group of players helped the composer realize his ambitions.

Young composer/multi-instrumentalist Joshua Kwassman migrated into town from his NYC base on June 12, drawing a small but enthusiastic group ...

Steph Johnson Trio: Jazz Live

Refining their aesthetic for an upcoming West Coast tour, Johnson's group delighted a packed house.

The Steph Johnson Trio launched the Summer season of bi-monthly Jazz Live concerts on June 11, at the Saville Theatre ...

Joshua Kwassman blows in from NYC, June 12

Promoting a new album that defies easy categorization, the saxophonist makes a Dizzy's hit.

I've been spending the afternoon listening to the new disc from composer / multi-instrumentalist Joshua Kwassman as sort of a ...

Castellanos Salutes Dinah Washington & Clark Terry

The intrepid horn man even engaged in a horn battle with himself.

Trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos turned in another one of his excellent theme-based shows on June 8, at 98 Bottles, this ...

Jim Storey & Storeylines live at Dizzy's

Lots of electricity in the air for Storey's fusion project.

On June 7, Dizzy's operator Chuck Perrin provided an opportunity to experience the work of guitarist Jim Storey's fusion project ...

Steph Johnson Trio: Jazz Live June 11

Johnson's life has been a whirlwind of gigs, rehearsals and practice lately.

KSDS Jazz 88 kicks off their summer "Jazz Live" concert series with a premier performance on June 11, by the ...

Teagan Taylor: "Hello"

This is a striking pop-vocal effort, beautifully recorded.

Imperial Beach musician Teagan Taylor has a brand-new CD about to drop, Hello, which might come as a surprise to ...

Roni Ben-Hur live at The Studio, June 2

The experience of this trio kept things grooving.

Israel born, NYC based guitarist Roni Ben-Hur came to San Diego June 2, for an Athenaeum Jazz production at The ...

Levy, Zlatkovich & Sprague live at Dizzy's

Sprague used ethnic percussion-loops and guitar synthesizer to negate the lack of bass and drums, making for a thrilling three-way conversation.

Tenor saxophonist Brian Levy, with guitarist Peter Sprague and pianist Mikan Zlatkovich combined for a knockout concert of modern jazz ...

Tenor madness at 98 Bottles

Ian Tordella led a tenor-heavy ensemble and a crack rhythm section at the Little Italy venue.

Local saxophone wizard Ian Tordella delivered a mostly cerebral set on May 24 at 98 Bottles, billed as The Twin ...

Anthony Wilson Guitar Quartet

Four of the world's top players joined forces for a concert in La Jolla.

Athenaeum Jazz concluded its Spring series of concerts on May 23, with the Anthony Wilson Seasons Guitar Quartet in front ...

Rob Thorsen Trio: Live

There is a special, exploratory chemistry happening with these three.

Veteran double bass artist Rob Thorsen celebrated the recent release of his CD, Rob Thorsen Trio: Live on May 18, ...

Ben Wanicur Quartet live at Dizzy's

Wanicur's charts are tricky, but with Peter Sprague, Ian Tordella and Charles Weller in the band, easy to digest.

San Diego bassist Ben Wanicur held a CD release party May 17, at Dizzy's celebrating his new disc The Excluded ...

Ian Tordella : Twin Tenors @ 98 Bottles, May 24

This is Vol.III in the series, pairing Tordella with LA sax man Joe Berry

Saxophonist Ian Tordella continues his Twin Tenors series, which spotlights up-and-coming saxophone talent (as well as established players) in the ...

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