Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21
RIYL: Hollis Gentry, Raphael Ravenscroft, Mark Lessman, Karl Denson, Keith Jacobson, Jason Whitmore
- "Explosive Bebop" · Nov. 26, 2014
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.”