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Fall 2017 Audition Sign-up

Auditions can be scheduled.    Please call 619.794.0189 You'll be tested on: 1) Sight-reading, 2) Jazz melody solo* and 3) Improvisation* of your choosing. * Please provide your backing tracks for the melody and improvisation on an MP3 or device of your choosing.     Sign up by completing the form here.

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NextGen 2017!

In the photo, left to right, Alvin Paige (sax), Zion Dyson (vocals), Johnny Steele (drums), Nick Vedder (trumpet), John Murray (bass), Jason Picker (keys), Andrew Martinez (guitar) On Friday, March 31, seven students in Gilbert’s 9am class and their families made their way up to Monterey for the 47th annual Next Generation Jazz Fest.  We met at Round Table for a quick dinner and then headed off to the Opening Night Concert at the Golden State Theatre.  The concert, also called “The Judges Concert,” features festival adjudicators.  We were so lucky to hear performances by NextGen artists in residence John

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IAJSD Students Off to Festivals!

Gilbert Castellanos' 9am ensemble was accepted as a finalist in The Next Gen Jazz Festival! Next Gen Jazz Fest in Monterey, CA, will take place March 31 - April 2. It is an invite only festival. Gilbert’s 9am combo (from left to right: Johnny Steele, drums, Alvin Paige, sax, John Murray bass, Zion Dyson, vocals, Gilbert Castellanos, instructor, Jason Picker, piano, Nick Vedder, trumpet, Andrew Martinez, guitar) submitted an audition recording in December and on Jan 27 received the good news that they were accepted to the festival! They will be competing with 5 other bands in the High School

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Carmen Murray Performs with the San Diego Symphony!

14 year old Carmen Murray, drummer in Rob Thorsen's 9am class, was asked to perform a djembe solo for the San Diego Symphony's Holiday Concert "Noel, Noel."  The concert featured Brian Stokes Mitchell on vocals, a beloved Broadway star.  During the show Brian explained to the audience that the symphony would now play "The Little Drummer Boy," but in this case it was "The Little Drummer Girl"  and Carmen came out on stage. Brian asked her a few questions about herself and her music education and she proudly shared that she was a student in IAJSD.  She then went on

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IAJSD Will Perform at Jazz @ The Jacobs!

The San Diego Symphony has offered IAJSD students several spots to perform at Jazz @ The Jacobs.  Students will perform in the lobby one hour before the main concert.  We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity!  Our first show will be Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7pm opening up for Count Basie Orchestra!  Click here for more information on the Jazz @ The Jacobs series - curated by our own IAJSD Artistic Director Gilbert Castellanos.

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Wed Oct 19 – Sean Lambert

This week, the spotlight is on Sean Lambert, a senior at Mission Bay High School and member of its jazz band, The Preservationists. He also attends the International Academy of Jazz San Diego. The band will be featuring: Eric Wesling on guitar Edward Gabrielyan on the keys John Martinez on the drums And Sean Lambert on woodwinds/vocals

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Marshall Hawkins – Guest Instructor

Gilbert's 11 am class was thrilled when Marshall Hawkins stop in to give them a few pointers.  Mr. Hawkins runs the jazz program at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and was in town to attend an IAJSD board meeting. Mr. Hawkins in a living legend.  He was Miles Davis's bass player back in the day.  He teaches the kids with such depth and clarity.  His jazz lectures often touch on deeply spiritual issues.  He is a treasure and we are so blessed to have him as a mentor and board member. Brenda Greggio, the combo's piano player, wanted to express how

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Sun Sept 18 – Jazz Brunch @ Dignity Memorial Park

Jazz Brunch at Dignity

Come enjoy a Jazz Brunch at Dignity Memorial Park Sunday, September 18, 11:00-1:30PM El Camino Memorial - 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd., San Diego, California 92121 MAP INFO Come see IAJSD students, current and graduates of our program, perform on Sunday. 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

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Audition Day Celebration

Thanks to everyone for coming out to audition!  Auditions were held Saturday, Sept. 10 at Grossmont College.  We had 37 new and returning students come out to audition.  While the audition was taking place families enjoyed a potluck brunch and watched the student jam session led by our own Sean Lambert, a second year IAJSD student.  We applaud these kids for putting on a very entertaining show!  New students were welcomed into the group with incredible love and support.  It looks like the start of another great year. Now our students are anxiously waiting to see which ensemble they have

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