Charlie Arbelaez

Charlie Arbelaez: Saxophone

Genre: Jazz

RIYL: Hollis Gentry, Raphael Ravenscroft, Mark Lessman, Karl Denson, Keith Jacobson, Jason Whitmore

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Influences: John Coltrane, Gene Dinwiddie, Sonny Rollins, Armsted Christian, Al Shikaly


Raised in Florida, Charlie Arbelaez spent his four years at MCRD in San Diego playing duty saxophone in government bands and orchestras. After becoming a civilian again in 2014 at the age of 27, he increased his local presence by showing up around town with various jazz ensembles, as well as hosting a weekly jazz jam at the Rook Bar.

“I’m bound to end up in New York at some point,” he says. “It’s where you learn.”

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