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Westgate Sunset Poolside Jazz Series

Westgate Sunset Poolside Jazz Series
Blog Name: Home Page NewsAuthor: San Diego's Jazz 88.3 Posted on: May 16, 2017
Summer is officially in full-swing and what better way to celebrate than to celebrate in style at The Westgate Hotel with their annual Sunset Poolside Jazz Series! Every Thursday, beginning June 1st, from 6:30-9:30PM, Jazz enthusiasts will sway and groove to the sounds of Southern California’s finest Jazz talents, offering an eclectic jazz experience poolside! Set against a backdrop of downtown San Diego’s skyline at sunset, the event series will feature a different performance every week, complimented by signature cocktails, wine and craft beer, as well as a gourmet array of appetizers and tapas. The series is curated by world-renowned trumpeter, Gilbert Castellanos, so it's bound to be a phenomenal summer concert series! To view the complete lineup, click here. *Please Note: There will not be a July 20th concert due to Comic-Con. PREVIEW SERIES ARTISTS...

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Upcoming Events In The Series...

July 13 - Irving Flores Trio


Irving Flores is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and music producer. Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Flores began his music studies at age 6 with organ. His father, Irving Flores Sr., was with the famed Orchestra Tampico, and it was from him, that young Irving began to learn saxophone and arranging. On one occasion, the Orchestra was surprised to discover that one of their arrangements was actually the work of the younger Irving Flores. While a teenager, Irving moved to Mexico City, switched to piano developing as a composer and arranger. MORE ON IRVING'S WEBSITE...

July 27 - Steph Johnson Trio


August 3 - Charlie Arbelaez Trio



August 10 - Holly Hofmann Trio



August 17 - Erika Davies



August 24 - Allison Adams Tucker



August 31 - Gilbert Castellanos Trio


Previous Events

June 1 - Besos De Coco

Innovative and eclectic chamber group, Besos de Coco, is stirring up a great deal of excitement with their groundwork performances in Southern California. Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Vorce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos formed the trio in August 2011 when the musically magnetic connection was soon recognized. Individually, each of the three women are compelling and masterful artists in their particular musical disciplines. Collectively, Besos de Coco presents stunning musical performances destined for the world to experience. MORE BIO ON THE BESOS DE COCO WEBSITE...

June 8 - Lori Bell Trio

An award winning flutist of admirable depth and broad musical sympathies whose recordings and live performances over the years have set new and higher standards in contemporary jazz and classical music, Lori Bell paid heartfelt tribute to her family and birthplace on her critically acclaimed 2016 album Brooklyn Dreaming.  MORE BIOGRAPHY ON THE LORI BELL WEBSITE...

FREE MP3! From Lori and Ron's upcoming release "blue(s)", AllMusic.com is offering a free MP3 download of the tune "Bell's Blues"

From the opening strains of “Bell’s Blues,” it’s evident that something special is going on. Bell exhibits a gorgeous, liquid tone and luxuriant vibrato over the manic comping and wickedly swinging bass line of Satterfield, which elevates his partner into a wild solo that crests with a snippet of the Sonny Rollins classic “Blue Seven.” Out of nowhere, he cranks up the intensity with ebullient scatting. "Bell's Blues" appears on blue(s), Bell's 10th studio album.



June 15 - Leonard Patton Quartet

Leonard will be singing and playing cajon, with Curtis Taylor trumpet, Melonie Grinnell keys, and Mackenzie Leighton bass.


After two decades of performing, years of studying music and earning his degrees, Patton’s enthusiasm for his craft is undimmed. He says, “I’m still into all types of music. I mean everything. I don’t want to only focus on my own thing. Getting out there and focusing on what others are doing, focusing on everything, allows me to have more creative freedom.” MORE...

June 22 - Trio Gadjo

Trio Gadjo is composed of Jason Durbin guitar, Jeremy Eikam bass, and Aaron Mahn guitar. Check our the Trio Gadjo Facebook Page.

New-World Sound, Old-World Name: TRIO GADJO breathes new life into a past genre (Tabitha Hernandez, San Diego Troubadour, July 2014)"...chances are you will hear a rhythmic and jivey music swelling from a corner of the dimly lit main room. These beats being laid out are not those of a swing, funk, blues, or classic jazz band but the sound of a music that took to the streets of Europe in the 1930s, namely Gypsy jazz. The band is Trio Gadjo, three local fellas that have been playing together and spreading the sound all over San Diego for the past five years. The trio is composed of Jason Durbin, Jeremy Eikam, and Aaron Mahn. This band has a history that was 80 years in the making, beginning with Gypsy jazz itself."MORE...

UPDATE 6/20 via Westgate Hotel's Facebook Event and Trio Gadjo: We will be featuring Claudia Gomez on tap percussion this Thursday at the Westgate. Wow! it just keeps getting better. 


June 29 - Coral Macfarland Thuet

July 6 - Robert Dove Group


Robert Dove’s talent for music was identified early on in elementary school by his music teacher. At his suggestion, Rob began studying jazz technique and form on the saxophone with Mark Donavan at the age of 10 (Ft. Hayes High School, Columbus, OH).  In middle school, Rob became affiliated with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and participated in their Jazz Academy ensemble.  He also attended jazz music summer programs at Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York and the Jamey Aebersold  jazz program in Louisville, KY. Rob was a 4-year member of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Todd Stoll, a premier Central Ohio High School youth jazz ensemble sponsored by the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus. Rob was the recipient of the Hank Marr Scholarship Award and the first Rahsaan Roland Kirk Scholar. MORE FROM ROBERT'S BIO...

"The way he tells it, Robert Dove only came out here from Ohio to visit a girlfriend. But one night, she took him to Seven Grand, a small whisky bar in North Park, and what he heard there became a major tipping point in his life. Dove, 24, went back home and put in for a job transfer. He packed up his horns and his bicycles, and headed out West for good. Romance may have brought him to San Diego, but it was jazz that made him stay." MORE,,, ("Psst. The local jazz scene is exploding, making San Diego the center of West Coast Jazz", Dave Good, San Diego Magazine, Sept 2014)

Here's a 2015 Jazz 88.3 interview with Robert talking about his then newly released "Paradigm Shift", 



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