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Upcoming Events

Adult Jazz Ensemble Classes Now Available!

Now offering adult jazz ensemble classes at Grossmont College on Saturdays. Starting Feb 22nd, International Academy of Jazz will be auditioning candidates for their first ever adult jazz classes for the spring semester. This 12 week program will prepare ensembles to perform in live gigs and participants will be guided by professional working jazz musicians.

Have you always wanted to play in a jazz band? Did you play music back in high school or college and then get so busy that you lost touch with something you loved? Are you recently retired and eager to make music a bigger part of your life? International Academy of Jazz, San Diego, makes it easy and fun for adult musicians at all levels looking to develop their skills.

International Academy of Jazz is well known for its excellent teachers and a nurturing, supportive environment. Director, Guy Gonzales carefully matches each student with a faculty member suited to their skill level, learning style and musical interests. Most of our classes are senior-friendly.

Open to adults interested in learning the art of improvisation in combos. Must have at least two years of experience on their instrument, be able to read music and chord changes. All levels are offered from beginning jazz musicians to highly advanced musicians.

Give us a call at 619-977-7453, or stop by to observe a class or lesson.
Enroll Now!

Playing together is just more fun! Share your love of music with like-minded musicians at weekly sessions guided by experienced coaches and San Diego’s top jazz musicians. Make new friends as you improve your skills and learn new repertoire.

Singing is a joyful and deeply satisfying experience. At International Academy of Jazz you can belt out your favorite show tunes, delve into the history of classical jazz songs and indulge your inner diva! 

Whether you’re a seasoned performer, an educator, or a music student of any age, we can help you feel and understand music in a whole new way. 

Directed by celebrated jazz guitarist Guy Gonzales, IAJSD’S unique Jazz Program is designed for adult singers and instrumentalists of all levels, from beginners to advanced students. We offer ensemble classes with professional instructors. Our faculty members are some of the top jazz musicians in San Diego, here to provide you with a fun and satisfying learning experience that can’t be found anywhere else in San Diego.

Read between the lines of your favorite music! Essential for singers and instrumentalists, the study of theory and composition accelerates music learning and enhances creativity.

Now is the perfect time to re-connect with an old passion or explore a new interest in a supportive, social environment. We can match seniors with the perfect faculty member for our ensemble groups that fit their interests and skill level. 

Schedule your audition today!
Auditions and classes will be held at:
Grossmont Community College
8800 Grossmont College Dr, Room 220
El Cajon, CA 92020

All students who wish to join IAJSD for the second semester are required to attend a placement audition.

The student will be assessed on:
1) Sight reading: Instructors will supply music to read
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.

Enroll Here

A Night to Remember with Cécile McLorin Salvant

As a young singing sensation, Cécile McLorin Salvant won her first Grammy Award in 2019 for her jazz vocal album The Window!


Born in Miami, Cécile has been hailed as the finest young singer in jazz. In 2016, she made her debut appearance in San Diego at the Symphony Bayside Summer Nights representing “The Future of Jazz,” and was backed up by a select trio from the International Academy of Jazz, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization. She spoke openly to the San Diego Union Tribune about music and fear (See Article: In this article, she reflects on how, even though she was taught classical piano and voice, she gravitated to jazz singing because using that art form, she feels better able to connect with an audience and fully express herself. This quote says it all.

But, first and foremost, what I strive for is this nameless thing, this really, really deep feeling you get when you are in front of a piece of art or listening to some music. Either it gets you or you get it, so some sort of connection is made.

We were elated to be part of this gathering. The International Academy of Jazz’s prime ensemble opened the show and included 12-year old bassist, Johnny Murray, with an introduction of Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce”. This in turn, opened up a series of solos from tenor saxophonist Sean Lambert, vocalist Zion Dyson and Emma Christie-Foster, pianist Edward Gabrielyan and tenor saxophonist Alvin Paige. Johnny Steele was quick to join with his drums as the crowd was swept away with this barrage of young talent, all under the age of 18! It was a spectacular performance from everyone at the Academy and they earned an exuberant round of applause. It was a night to remember. (Read more about this event here:

Join us for our Holiday Celebration of Youth and Jazz (link to event page here), Silent Auction, and Gift Giving Event on Dec 21, 2019 at Grossmont College and see for yourself these amazing and talented students. Come be a part describe yourself essay of The Future of Jazz! See eVite:

DEC 21: A Holiday Celebration of Jazz

Produced by Students & Partners of the International Academy of Jazz

Date: Dec 21, 2019

Place: Grossmont College Recital Hall (Building 26)
8800 Grossmont College Dr, El Cajon, CA 92020

Time: 2:00pm – 5:30pm

Tickets: $10/ea*

DEC 21 Concert Tickets

RSVP: By Dec 14th

Pre-Event (2:00pm): Silent Auction & Appetizers with Our Sponsors
Come early to mingle with our students, staff, and sponsors and view raffle prizes that make great Holiday gifts for yourself or others. We will announce auction winners after the concert.

Event (3-4:30pm): Our Holiday Celebration of Jazz

Students from all over San Diego County will perform in small ensembles showcasing their spirit and talents as we celebrate the Joy of the Season in a Celebration of Jazz. Level of aptitude and collaboration will escalate with our showcase students performing near the end of the show. As a special treat our professionals, who are our teachers will gather for the final session of this concert. Guest will enjoy a short intermission midway for refreshments and we will be announcing our raffle prize winners at the end of the performance. A lovely afternoon of jazz, refreshments and special gifts and auction items from our donors and sponsors.

Reception (4:45-5:30pm): The After Party

Following our main concert, a fun reception and thank you to our sponsors will commence, including photo opportunities for students, parents and teachers. All participants are welcome to socialize and enjoy the festive patio setting on the Grossmont College campus.

*Sponsorships and Donations are accepted for our programs and raffle drawing. Please contact Guy Gonzales at or by phone at 619-977-7453. Please visit our website sponsorship page to download our opportunity package at

Parkway Plaza Performance Shines

Ambassadors, Dominic and Nathan concentrate while Max let’s their solos shine during a recent performance at Parkway Plaza.  Visitors were treated to jazz music while they had some lunch or started their holiday shopping!  The International Academy of Jazz was happy to perform for the Starwood Retail Property and looks forward to performing again during this holiday season.

IAJ Ambassadors perform – Ronald McDonald House

Once again, IAJ is honored our Ambassadors perform throughout the season at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families caring for children with serious or life-threatening illnesses. Our performance furthers our mission to Keep Hopes, Dreams and Jazz alive by seeking to connect children, their families, and students with music as part of their healing journey. We are deeply grateful for this opportunity to be part of this amazing community.


September 29, 2018

Grossmont Community College – A Presentation during student class times.   Families will review the year and open up discussion with our Executive Director, Guy Gonzales, and visiting Board Members.

Light refreshments will be provided by IAJSD.

Hope to see you there!

IAJ jazz student Fall Semster 2017 Audition Day !


Saturday December 16 is Audition Day ! Auditions will be held at Grossmont College in the Music Building from 10am-1pm. While new and returning students audition, parents can enjoy a cup of coffee and socialize with other IAJSD families. Be sure to sign up for a placement audition on link below. We hope to see you see you there!

Thank you all for your support! It is looking like another great year for IAJSD!

Save the Date! Our Winter Julibee is December 3rd

DEC 3, 2017 is our Winter Julibee

Save the Date! We are holding our Winter Julibee on Sunday, December 3rd, at 4:00-600 pm.   During this celebration  fellow musicians, and friends will gather to support music and music education.

Viejas Performance

Saturday, Nov 4 IAJ students will be performing at Viejas before the Opening of Southern California’s Largest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink.

Every winter, the Viejas Outlet Center transforms one section of green lawn into a winter wonderland that includes an outdoor ice rink, grounds decked out with holiday lights, entertainment, and a seasonal water show in their food court. Our students will perform jazz standards from 3:00pm-5:00pm in the middle of the Outlet Center, and afterwards, under the glow of holiday lights, guests and visitors can glide around the rink or enjoy seasonal goodies from 5pm-10pm. The Casino and Resort is owned by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and its outlet center features a food court, bowling alley, spa, and many popular brand name stores for apparel, accessories, footwear, housewares, and more. The Kumeyaay tribe actively supports communities and organizations throughout San Diego, and we are deeply grateful they are providing a welcoming place for our students to perform, and for this exciting opportunity to partner with them to continue our quest to bring ensemble jazz to new audiences. 


Fall 2017 Audition Sign-up

IAJ Fall 2017 jazz groupAuditions 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.


September 23, 2017

Grossmont Community College – Presentation during student classes at 9am, 11am and 1pm.  Students at other IAJSD locations, may choose any of these times.  Families will hear a presentation by our Executive Director, Guy Gonzales.
Light refreshment will be provided by IAJSD
Hope to see you there!

Past Events

Parkway Plaza Performance Shines

Ambassadors, Dominic and Nathan concentrate while Max let’s their solos shine during a recent performance at Parkway Plaza.  Visitors were treated to jazz music while they had some lunch or started their holiday shopping!  The International Academy of Jazz was happy to perform for the Starwood Retail Property and looks forward to performing again during this holiday season.

Welcome Brunch Sept 10 – Audition Day and Welcome Brunch

Sat Sept 10, 2016 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.

Download Freshmen Package!