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Gilbert Castellanos

Gilbert Castellanos, renowned musician, composer, curator, educator and arranger based in San Diego, is one of the hottest jazz trumpeters in the United States today.  Adept in straight-ahead, as well as Latin and Afro Cuban jazz, Castellanos has become a leading figure of the vibrant, diverse and flourishing jazz scene in America’s Finest City. An established scene-maker on the West Coast, Castellanos is the Artistic Curator of both of the San Diego Symphony's highly successful jazz series - Jazz at The Jacobs and Bayside Summer Nights - which have featured some of today's brightest stars including ‪Gregory Porter‬, Chick Corea, ‪Chucho Valdes‬, ‪Dianne Reeves‬, ‪Cecile McLorin Salvant‬, John Faddis and more.  Castellanos’ talents are also renowned in the dance community

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Christopher Hollyday

Christopher Hollyday began performing publicly in 1983 in the Boston area at age thirteen as a member of his brother Richard’s quintet. In 1988 Hollyday headlined a week at the historic Village Vanguard in New York City. Hollyday toured with Maynard Ferguson as a featured soloist in the trumpeter’s “60th Birthday Big Band”, and recording the “Big Bop Nouveau” album. From 1989 through 1993, Hollyday toured with his own quartet visiting every Western European country, Brazil, Canada, and most of the United States. During this period Hollyday made four recordings for RCA records

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Peter Sprague

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 11, 1955, Peter Sprague was raised in Colorado until 1963, when his family moved to Del Mar, California. Inspired by his father's love of jazz, he took up the guitar when he was twelve. By the age of fifteen he was devoting all his time and energy to learning music. He studied with San Diego jazz guitarist Bill Coleman, played in his high school stage band, and formed his first group, the Minor Jazz Quartet. Following a year's study at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Sprague studied privately and performed around the San Diego area until 1976. That year found him moving to Boston to study with many notable musicians including Pat Metheny, Madame Chaloff and Albin Czak (a classical guitarist)

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Danny Green

Over the past decade, jazz pianist and Origin Records recording artist Danny Green has earned recognition as a bandleader and as a composer with a gift for spinning supple, absorbing narratives. Green’s growing portfolio of vibrant sounds – an enchanting mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian rhythms – has captured the attention of critics around the world, including DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, San Diego Union Tribune, the Boston Globe, and Public Radio International. It’s no small wonder that Green has earned two San Diego Music awards for Best Jazz Album and an additional award for Best Jazz Artist

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Doug Walker

Aptly named jazz bassist Doug Walker expresses his love of music throughout every performance. Originally from Sacramento, CA, he has called San Diego home since 2001. He holds a Master of Music degree in jazz studies from SDSU, having studied under renowned bassist Bob Magnusson. Walker brings his unique jazz-minded approach to many other genres of music, including bluegrass, folk, Americana, blues, soul, funk, rock, pop, and world.

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Walter Trout: Thriving With The Blues

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I considered using the word surviving, instead of thriving, in the title. However, as you will see, Walter Trout has done much more than “just survive" his real life blues. Trout speaks candidly about his struggles and near fatal experience with liver disease and the ensuing transplant. He also spoke with humor, vigor, and a renewed ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern

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To be blessed with such an abundance of talent, vision, and spirit is a precious gift. We are all so very fortunate that Tal Wilkenfeld shares that appropriately bestowed gift with us every time she walks onto a stage or into a recording studio.

Wednesday night, November 15, 2017, the now 30 year old ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dustbowl Revival at Sweetwater Union High School

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Dustbowl Revival
AMSDconcert series
San Diego CA
October 7, 2017

To my knowledge there is no All About Jazz All About Rock All About Roots All About Americana All About Blues All About Country All About Folk All About Funk website. So I hereby claim Dustbowl Revival for ...

NEWS: RECORDING

California Vocalist Debora Galan Shares Spanish Roots In "All About Love"

California Vocalist Debora Galan Shares Spanish Roots In "All About Love"

With her album, All About Love, composer and vocalist Debora Galan shares original jazz and pop compositions inspired by her Spanish and Cuban ancestry and her abiding love of melody, rhythm and groove. Aided by Emmy winning and GRAMMY nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist Allan Phillips, she shares a compendium of smooth and tasteful Latin- flavored jazz tunes ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Al Di Meola at Balboa Theater

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Al Di Meola
Balboa Theater
San Diego, CA
September 22, 2017

Most of us have been on many journeys in life. It might be globetrotting or a trip to the grocery store or all and everything in between. A journey can be filled with a myriad of the expected and unexpected. ...