Gilbert Castellanos

Fourth Friday Jazz Series

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FFJS 2016 Logoffjs artists 2017A Quick Look At the 2017 Fourth Friday Jazz Series Line Up
(More info on each concert below)

Friday, February 24
Mike Garson · Lori Bell · Ron Satterfield
Jazz Standards and a Tribute to Bill Evans

Friday, March 24
Gilbert Castellanos · Joshua White · Marshall Hawkins
Selections from The Great American Songbook

Friday, April 28
Lorraine Castellanos · Bob Magnusson · Sam Hirsh
Lorraine Castellanos +2: Sarah Vaughn Highlights and Jazz Standards

Friday, May 26
The Danny Green Trio
A Night of Originals and Jazz Standards

Friday, June 23
The Young Lions All-Stars Presented By and Featuring Gilbert Castellanos
Jazz Standards From The Future of Jazz

Friday, July 28
Melissa Morgan · Bob Boss · Marshall Hawkins
Gems From The Great American Songbook

Friday, August 25
Jonathan Karrant · Joshua White · Justin Grinell
Not Your Typical Standards

Friday, September 22
Peter Sprague · Leonard Patton · Tripp Sprague
The Jazz Tradition of Improvisation

Friday, October 27
Christopher Hollyday · Ed Kornhauser · Mackenzie Leighton
A Tribute to Duke Ellington

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Friday, February 24
Mike Garson · Lori Bell · Ron Satterfield
Jazz Standards and a Tribute to Bill Evansmike garson
Fourth Friday Jazz Series welcomes back from Los Angeles legendary pianist Mike Garson (David Bowies’ pianist and artistic director for over 25 years), along with three time Global Music Award recipient flutist Lori Bell and Grammy nominated guitarist/vocalist Ron Satterfield. Musicians will perform jazz Standards, originals, and a special tribute to pianist/composer Bill Evans.

About Mike Garson: From Bach to Bowie, east coast to west coast, piano keyboards to computer keyboards, Mike Garson has worked to make the world a more creative, compassionate and compelling place. Best known for his impressive skills as a pianist, he is a respected composer and an evolving computer artist. Embracing the idea of the “Renaissance Man,” Mike continually experiments with new ways through which he can communicate his humanistic ideals and hopes for the world in which he lives. In his youth, Mike studied classical composition with Leonard Eisner of Juilliard and earned degrees in Music and Education from Brooklyn College. He also studied with Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Hal Overton, Robert Starer and Lennie Tristano. He has played with Stanley Clarke, Elvin Jones, Lee Konitz, Stan Getz and Freddie Hubbard.
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, Feb 24. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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Friday, March 24
Gilbert Castellanos · Joshua White · Marshall Hawkins
107Selections from The Great American Songbook
Fourth Friday Jazz Series presents for the first time San Diego’s own world class musician and virtuoso trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos. Recognized as an American Master by internationally renowned Downbeat Magazine, Castellanos will present well-known selections from The Great American Songbook, the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. Accompanying him will be Joshua White, a Los Angeles based jazz piano phenom who placed second in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Pianist Competition. Marshall Hawkins, former head of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Jazz Department, will play bass and is best know for performing with the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet.
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, Mar 24. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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Friday, April 28
Lorraine Castellanos · Bob Magnusson · Sam Hirsh

Lorraine Castellanos +2: Sarah Vaughn Highlights and Jazz Standards lorrainecastellanos1
Fourth Friday Jazz Series presents San Diego vocalist Lorraine Castellanos, leader of her own bands, including the Lorraine Castellanos Sextet, and member of the innovative and eclectic chamber group Besos de Coco. She will be joined by renowned jazz, pop and classical bassist Bob Magnusson, and rising Los Angeles star Sam Hirsh on piano. The trio will highlight the music of Sarah Vaughn and perform well-known standards by the greatest legends of jazz.

About Lorraine Castellanos: Castellanos has an intense passion for music, evident in her perceptive phrasing and tone, both as an instrumentalist and vocalist. With a weighty voice and sensitive execution on the Classical Guitar, Castellanos is gaining a reputation as a dynamic musical presence in her hometown of San Diego. With extensive knowledge of multiple genres of music, derives pure pleasure when interpreting the works of great Latin American and Western European composers. Inspired by the likes of John Williams, Andres Segovia and Berta Rojas, Castellanos has equal admiration for the great female jazz song stylists who have inspired her to sing selections from the great American Songbook, particularly Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington.
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.

Fri, Apr 28. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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Friday, May 26
The Danny Green Trio

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Hailed as “one of the important up-and-comers on the scene today” by All About Jazz, Green is one of Southern California’s most prolific and talented jazz pianists. Using a brilliant blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and classical elements, Green’s unique music engages listeners with evocative melodies and infectious rhythms. The virtuosic trio includes bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm. The Danny Green Trio has won two awards for “Best Jazz Album” at the San Diego Music Awards, and their latest release made the Top 10 Best of 2016 Jazz Releases on All about Jazz, and best trio album on The Jazz Owl.
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, May 26. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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Friday, June 23
The Young Lions All-Stars Presented By and FEATURING Gilbert Castellanos

Jazz Standards From The Future of JazzIMG_3830
Gilbert Castellanos, San Diego’s own virtuoso trumpeter, world class musician and beloved educator features up-and-coming young jazz musicians from the Southern California region every week in his Young Lions Series at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art. He is dedicated to raising up the next generation of jazz in America’s Finest City, providing them with a public platform to deepen their musical development and showmanship!Since the series’ inception in 2014, over 200 musicians from the region’s most outstanding middle and high school jazz programs have been highlighted.

The Young Lions All-Stars are the best of the best, with many having attended prestigious youth jazz music programs at the Berklee School of Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center NYC, Monterey Jazz Festival, UCSD Jazz Camp, just to name a few. They have been seen across San Diego as part of the San Diego Symphony’s Jazz at The Jacobs series and Bayside Summer Nights, onstage at Copley Symphony Hall at TedXSanDiego, at Panama 66 during KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Caravan and more!Performing popular jazz standards tonight: Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet), Zion Dyson (vocals),  Johnny Murray (bass), Carmen Murray (drums) and Jason Picker (keys). Get ready to swing!
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, Jun 23. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
FREE for MEMBERS, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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Friday, July 28
Melissa Morgan · Bob Boss · Marshall Hawkins
Gems From The Great American SongbookIMG_3832
New York born, Los Angeles based jazz vocalist Melissa Morgan returns to San Diego to perform renditions of jazz standards and rediscovered gems of the Great American Songbook. A Thelonious Monk International Competition semi-finalist, Morgan made an appearance on Downbeat Magazine’s list of Jazz Vocalist Rios Stars and was considered for Grammy nominations in Best Vocal Jazz Album and Best Improvised Solo categories for the 2017 Grammys. She is will be joined by two treasured San Diego musicians, Bob Boss on guitar and living legend, Marshall Hawkins on bass.
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, Jul 28. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.

Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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Friday, August 25
Jonathan Karrant · Joshua White · Justin Grinell
Not Your Typical Standards JKarrant Sings
Fourth Friday Jazz Series welcomes song stylist and 2016 New York Top Rising Jazz Vocalist Jonathan Karrant. He will be joined by Los Angeles-based pianist Joshua White, a finalist in the International Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, and San Diego award-winning bassist Justin Grinnell. The musicians will perform some of the most important and influential music from the Great American Songbook. Expect the unexpected!

About Jonathan Karrant: Karrant’s album, “On and On” hit #4 in jazz charts. It features such songs as “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, and “Doodlin’” as well as the title track, and was produced by Tyler Monks, with pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Rob Thorsen, guitarist Mark Shapiro, and drummer Duncan Moore. The sold-out CD Release Performance was presented at the prestigious Anthology, one of the finest sound rooms in California, and was enthusiastically received by fans, fellow musicians, and critics.

Karrant has played with the Symphony, charitable events, and for jazz concerts throughout the state. He studied performance in New York City at the William Esper Studio, and music with the Seth Riggs Vocal Method with Greg Enriquez in Los Angeles. He also studied privately under the direction of Marilyn Maye and Kurt Eling. He has played Las Vegas supper clubs, and while there, initiated a venture with Vincent Falcone, Sinatra’s musical director/pianist, in a ten song CD, entitled “Introducing Jonathan Karrant”. Jonathan has received several honors including; the 2014 New York City Jazz Cabaret Honors and, in 2015, he was voted “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards. In 2016 Jonathan was asked to present two-time Grammy Award winner, Diane Schurr, with the proclamation of “Diane Schurr Day” in Palm Springs, Ca. In 2016 Jonathan was named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalist in New York.
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, Aug 25. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM.
Door $25/person

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Friday, September 22
Peter Sprague · Leonard Patton · Tripp Sprague
The Jazz Tradition of Improvisation
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Instead of using the Great American Songbook as their launching pad, The Peter Sprague Trio explores The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, James Taylor, and Cream from a jazz viewpoint. The result is songs that you’ve heard but delivered in a new sonic light. And just to keep the palette of colors fresh and revolving, the group will play “Georgia” by Hoagy Carmichael or add in a Cole Porter beauty. The trio includes Tripp Sprague on saxophone, who also doubles on flute, chromatic harmonica and percussion. Leonard Patton sings up a storm all the while sitting on a cajon (percussion box) and playing rock solid drum grooves. Peter Sprague plays a one of kind double neck guitar and has an array of special pedals on the floor that he adds in as needed. Together they travel to special aural vistas all with the spirit of FUN leading the way. The vibe is contagious, the sound pulls you in, and happily the woes of the world ease up. Listen in!
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, Sep 22. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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Friday, October 27
Christopher Hollyday · Ed Kornhauser · Mackenzie Leighton
A Tribute to Duke Ellington
chrishollydayFourth Friday Jazz Series welcomes alto saxophonist Christopher Hollyday to the stage. A long impactful presence in the San Diego jazz scene for over twenty years, Hollyday was the youngest person to play the Village Vanguard in New York during the late 89’s. The following year, he toured worldwide with Maynard Ferguson as a soloist. Jazz pianist Ed Kornhauser, who is frequently heard performing with San Diego’s favorite vocalists including Whitney Shay, Leonard Patton, Jonathan Karrant, and Amelia Browning. Rounding out the trio on bass is Mackenzie Leighton, a local favorite sideman who performs multiple shows monthly in San Diego and studied with the highly-respected Bob Magnusson.

The group will perform music by the beloved Duke “The Duke” Ellington, considered by many to be one of America’s most brilliant jazz composers of the 20th century. Some of “The Duke’s” classics include “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Mood Indigo,” “Caravan” and “Take the ‘A’ Train.”
Ticket includes show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet.
Fri, Oct 27. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
Pre-purchase $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person


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