Learn about our upcoming and past events and get links to YouTube videos of some of our past performances. . . .


Upcoming Events

Parent Orientation – Saturday Oct. 8

Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Presentation at 9am, 11am and 1pm

So, now your child is one of 31 students in the International Academy of Jazz. Congratulations! This can be a life changing experience! Maybe you already have some questions about the program. We invite you to stay on campus during your IAJSD student’s class time and hear a presentation by our Executive Director, Guy Gonzales. He will present at 9am, 11am and 1pm to cover all class periods. Here are some questions he will try to answer:

• What is the mission of the International Academy of Jazz San Diego?
• What are the Learning Goals for Students this Semester?
• What is Expected of an IAJSD Student? What about an IAJSD Parent?
• Where have IAJSD students performed before? What’s lined up for this year?
• How can I help?

Light refreshment will be provided by IAJSD parents who serve on the Events Committee

Hope to see you there!

Past Events

Welcome Brunch Sept 10 – Audition Day and Welcome Brunch

Sat Sept 10 is Audition Day!  In addition to auditions, we welcome IAJSD families to a light brunch.  This will take place at Grossmont College on the lawn outside the music building from 9am – 12:30pm.  IAJSD students Ed Gabrielyan and Sean Lambert will be hosting a jam session and all students, new and returning, are welcome to sit in.  While students audition parents can socialize with other IAJSD families.  We hope to see you there!  If you would like to contribute baked goods or coffee please sign up on the link below:

Thank you so much for your support!  It’s looking like another great year for IAJSD!

Bayside Summer Nights

IAJSD Students Perform at Bayside Summer Nights – August 18 at 6pm!

Gilbert Castellanos, Artistic Director of IAJSD, continues his Jazz @ the Jacob’s series this summer at Bayside Summer Nights.

On Thursday, July 15, IAJSD students Edward Garielyn (keys), Julian Esparza (bass), and Eric Wesling (guitar) played the pre-show from 6 to 7pm!  They did a phenomenal job laying down a hip vibe with a solid grooves and tasty solos.  It was a beautiful way to start the evening.  Then, at 7:30 on the big stage, IAJSD Artistic Director Gilbert Castellanos and his latin ensemble did an amazing tribute to Tito Puente.  In the second set Gilbert and the band got everyone in the audience, over 2200 of us, up and dancing for “Oye Como Va,” and the audience wouldn’t let the band leave until they played an encore.  It was a spectacular summer night!

On Aug. 18 students from all IAJSD classes will perform at Bayside Summer Nights!  They will open for Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz vocalist, in the program titled, “The Future of Jazz.”  Very appropriate, right?  Rehearsal will be held the three Saturdays preceding the event – July 30, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.  Purchase tickets here for this not to be missed event:

Jazz Brunch at Dignity Jazz Brunch @ Dignity Memorial Park

Come enjoy a Jazz Brunch at Dignity Memorial Park
Sunday, August 14, 11:30-1:30PM
El Camino Memorial – 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd., San Diego, California 92121



A free family friendly community event at Dignity Memorial Park!

Enjoy a fancy continental brunch with friends and family on the beautiful and peaceful grounds of Dignity El Camino Memorial Park! You’ll be entertained by the students of IAJSD! Every family attending will receive a free gift – a Dignity picnic blanket that can be enjoyed all summer long!

Our brunch spread will include:  Fruit, croissants w/butter & a variety of jellies, quiche (spinach, bacon or mushroom), baguettes w/a selection of cheeses, baked Brie w/raspberry en croute, orange juice, coffee and water.