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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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Robert Dove · Tyler Kreutel · Dean HulettIMG_3825dove
Homage to Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter, world renowned saxophonist and composer, was a member Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet. San Diego emerging tenor saxophonist Robert Dove and his trio pay homage to Shorter whose storied career encompasses 50 years of jazz innovation from bebop in the 40s to breaking new ground in the genres of hard bop, post-bop, fusion and orchestral jazz. Dove is a member of the KSDS Jazz Orchestra led by Gilbert Castellanos, as well as a co-founder of the Thursday’s at The Ken jazz jam. Accompanying him to present an energized night of music are Tyler Kreutel on drums, and Dean Hulett on bass.
Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.
Fri, April 27. Reception 7pm, Concert begins at 8-9:15pm.
Pre-purchase: $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person.


2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series – April



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Danny Green · Julien Cantelm · Justin Grinelldgtrio
A Night of Originals and Jazz Standards
A rising force on the jazz scene and an award-winning Origin Records recording artist, pianist and composer Danny Green has distinguished himself with his beautifully articulated touch and melodically charged sensibility. His Original compositions – a vivid blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian elements – delights critics and audiences across the country and around the world. Green’s talents have taken him from the Blue Note in New York City to the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, and his work has been featured in DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, the San Diego Union Tribune, The Boston Globe, NPR, and JazzEd. Joined by longtime band members Justin Grinnell (bass) and Julien Cantelm (drums), the Danny Green Trio will perform music from their 2018 release, One Day It Will, as well as several of their favorite jazz standards.
Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.
Fri, May 25. Reception 7pm, Concert begins at 8-9:15pm.
Pre-purchase: $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person.


2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series – May



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Lori Bell · Ron Satterfield · Josh Nelsonlori and ron
CD Release Concert Titled Blue(s)
CD Release Concert for Flutist Lori Bell & Ron Satterfield titled Blue(s) with Special Guest, Los Angeles Based Pianist Josh Nelson. Brooklyn native Lori Bell is a flutist and composer of admirable depth and broad musical sympathies. A resident of San Diego, she has contributed to the development of higher standards of performance while earning acclaim from both peers and critics for her artistry on stage and in recordings. Now in the third decade of her acclaimed career, Blue(s) is Bell’s 10th album overall, and the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed release, Brooklyn Dreaming, which won a Global Music Award for “Outstanding Achievement,” while also garnering Best Album of 2016 in Downbeat Magazine, Best in Jazz 2016 in the Huffington Post and “Best Jazz Album” nomination from the San Diego Music Awards.

Ron Satterfield displays his multifaceted gifts on guitar and vocals with an original approach to accompanying treating the guitar as a big band and a groove machine. His Allmusic.com page reveals that he’s been featured on 28 album releases and has earned four Grammy nominations with the group Checkfield and has also won numerous awards from SESAC for his compositions.

Josh Nelson has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, John Clayton, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers and Peter Erskine. Nelson toured with legendary vocalist Natalie Cole for six years and continues to tour with vocalists Gaby Moreno, Freda Payne, Alicia Olatuja, Sara Gazarek, accordionist Richard Galliano, saxophonist Tom Scott, multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and violinist Christian Howes. In 2006, Nelson was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
Tickets include show admission, hors d’oeuvres, and free valet parking.
Fri, June 22. Reception 7pm, Concert begins at 8-9:15pm.
Pre-purchase: $18/M, $23/NM. Door $25/person.


2018 Fourth Friday Jazz Series – June



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Christopher Hollyday • Ed Kornhauser • Mackenzie Leightonchrishollyday2
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 bassist Mackenzie Leighton, who studied with Bob Magnusson and was recently seen in Jazz @ The Jacobs “The Roots of Rhythm”, and pianist Ed Kornhauser, who has played with the region’s biggest names in the overall music scene for over a decade.
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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