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Top 12 San Diego Jazz Concerts of 2013

Posted in Press by S Joy

“3. Gilbert Castellanos w/ Azar Lawrence and Alphonse Mouzon at 98 Bottles: This concert tribute to John Coltrane was volcanic and loud, thanks to the explosive dynamics of legendary drummer Mouzon. Lawrence — the veteran of Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner ensembles — pulled the considerable energy of Castellanos’ trumpet, Hamilton Price’s bass and Joshua

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Show Review: Matt Hall’s Tribute to Duke Ellington at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“Young trombone master Matt Hall brought a potent mix of emergent talent and veteran experience into 98 Bottles for his Tribute to Duke Ellington concert on Oct. 4, including pianist Ed Kornhauser, violinist Nora Germain, drummer Brett Sanders and bass institution Marshall Hawkins [...] Any concert that brings Hawkins and Sanders to the stage is

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Show Review: Ben Schachter’s Re:Trio at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“98 Bottles was the spot for a rare appearance by saxophonist Ben Schachter’s “East Coast” trio with bassist Leon Boykins, drummer Matt Scarano and special guest John Swana on EVI…Opening with the Ornettian “For Joe,” which lurched in stop/start time, Swana hit first, crafting horn-like phrases with synthesizer shaping. Schachter followed in full-throat mode, rippling

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Show Review: Lorraine Castellanos at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“Lorraine Castellanos, fronting an ad hoc group featuring guitarist Joey Carano, bassist Rob Thorsen, drummer Fernando Gomez and her trumpet-master husband Gilbert Castellanos, celebrated the career of the recently departed Eydie Gorme [...] when she began the concert scraping a guira and intoning the lyrics to “Piel Canela,” in Spanish, I was “all in” for

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Show Review: Rebecca Jade Quartet at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“Soulful songbird Rebecca Jade’s well-oiled quartet made their 98 Bottles debut on September 6, laying it down before a packed-house of devoted listeners. Obviously well-rehearsed, the Jade group sounds much larger than a vocalist plus instrumental trio — each musician sang flawless harmonies– they could have easily gotten the gig as conventional back-up singers —

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Show Review: Coast Bop at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“A standing room only crowd gathered for the debut performance by the Coast Bop quintet at 98 Bottles on August 10, drinking in the kinetic energy and virtuosity offered up by this unusual amalgamation of individuals. Two members of the Coast Bop frontline are active-duty U.S. Marine’s: trombonist Matt Hall and alto saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez;

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Top 8 Jazz Joints in San Diego

Posted in Press by S Joy

“If you know where to go, the dedicated jazz fan can find something happening in San Diego seven days a week…for sheer volume of superb concerts, this venue is hard to beat. Located in trendy Little Italy, 98 Bottles has a large neighborhood bar vibe happening downstairs, and upstairs, in The Back Room, a vast

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Show Review: Gilbert Castellanos’ John Coltrane Tribute at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“The spiritual gravitas of jazz icon John Coltrane hung thick in the air at 98 Bottles on August 4, especially when tenor saxophonist Azar Lawrence steered the ensemble into what would become a blueprint for the evening: a free rubato introduction into “Lonnie’s Lament,” which became a 20 minute tour-de-force. Gilbert Castellanos’ trumpet swirled in

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Show Review: Bop Moderno at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“The San Diego jazz all-star aggregation known as Bop Moderno took the stage in The Back Room at 98 Bottles like conquering heroes and proceeded to lay it down for a sold-out house of enthusiastic supporters on July 6 — conjuring up two hours of non-stop music. Guitarist Peter Sprague’s “Moot Point,” opened the set

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Show Review: Gilbert Castellanos & Friends at The Back Room @ 98 Bottles

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“Trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos turned in another one of his excellent theme-based shows on June 8, at 98 Bottles, this one titled A Tribute to Dinah Washington & Clark Terry, joined by his wife Lorraine Castellanos on vocals, with Mikan Zlatkovich on piano, Rob Thorsen on bass, and Brett Sanders on drums. Opening with “Brotherhood

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