Gilbert Castellanos

2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series

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Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.

Start time for each show is as follows: Reception 7:00pm, Show 8:00-9:15pm.
Location: La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla 92037

Tickets are not mailed nor emailed. Please check in at the reception desk on day of event.
*Tickets purchased for FFJS concerts are non-refundable, except in the event of a cancelled performance. Refunds are then given in original form of payment.

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Christopher Hollyday • Rob Thorsen • Mike Woffordchrishollyday2
Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
One of the “Young Lions” of the late ’80s, alto saxophonist Christopher Hollyday was the youngest musician to play at New York’s Village Vanguard. He toured with Maynard Ferguson‘s big band, and today, is one of San Diego’s most seasoned and respected jazz musicians. Joining him to present the music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn are upright bassist Rob Thorsen, a constant figure in the local jazz scene who performs regularly with Gilbert Castellanos, as well as his own ensembles; internationally acclaimed pianist Mike Wofford was an accompanist and Music Director for Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and many other jazz legends. This is an incomparable line-up you don’t want to miss!

Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.
Fri, July 27. Reception 7pm, Concert begins at 8-9:15pm.
Pre-purchase: $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person.


2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series – July



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Peter Sprague Trio · Leonard Patton · Tripp Sprague
The Jazz Tradition of Improvisation

leonard and peterPeter Sprague’s trio celebrates the jazz tradition of improvisation. One big difference is instead of using the Great American Songbook as their launching pad, instead they explore 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 (who is Peter’s brother) 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 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!
Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.
Fri, August 24. Reception 7pm, Concert begins at 8-9:15pm.
Pre-purchase: $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person.


2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series – August



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Sacha Boutros · Mika Zlatkovivh
Sacha Sings Sinatra

sacha Grammy-nominated Jazz recording artist Sacha Boutros will sing a selection of Sinatra songs including his biggest hits and other favorites from the extensive Frank Sinatra catalogue. San Diego-native Boutros and her fabulous musicians are set to dazzle the audience with a night of everything Francis Albert. This will be a fun and entertaining show by one of today’s top Jazz artists as Sacha does it “her way!”
Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.
Fri, September 28. Reception 7pm, Concert begins at 8-9:15pm.
Pre-purchase: $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person.


2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series – September



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Melissa Morgan · Sam Hirsh · Alex Frank
IMG_3832Highlights from The Great American Songbook
Los Angeles based jazz vocalist Melissa Morgan returns to San Diego to perform the best-loved tunes that highlight the Great American Songbook. A Thelonious Monk International Competition semi-finalist, Morgan was selected by internationally renowned  Downbeat Magazine as a Rios Star and was considered for 2017 Grammy nominations in Best Vocal Jazz Album and Best Improvised Solo categories. She is will be joined by emerging artist Sam Hirsh, one of the hottest pianists in the LA jazz scene today, and upright bassist Alex Frank, a second place winner in the 2013 International Society of Bassists’ biennial jazz competition.
Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.
Fri, October 26. Reception 7pm, Concert begins at 8-9:15pm.
Pre-purchase: $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person.


2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series – October



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