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Thursday, June 5, 2014


TONITE--Gilbert Castellanos headlines the debut of a summer series of Jazz poolside at the Westgate Hotel, downtown.
For more on Gilbert and his other venue appearances see end of this blog.
JAZZY IDEA--The Westgate Hotel kicks off its first annual Sunset Poolside Jazz Series. Summertime jazz every Thursday thru August from 6.30 pm. to 9.30 pm. Groove to the sounds of Southern California’s finest Jazz talents offering an eclectic jazz festival by the pool atop the Westgate Hotel's 3rd floor mezzanine.

Set against the backdrop of downtown San Diego’s skyline at sunset, the event series will feature jazz entertainment and offer a selection of traditional and craft cocktails, fine whiskey, wine and beer as well as a gourmet array of appetizers and tapas.

Here’s the June and July talent line up:

June 5: Gilbert Castellanos. Recognized as a new American master by Downbeat magazine: Castellanos has established himself as top improviser in stirring live performances.

June 12: Steph Johnson Group. With one of the biggest voices in all of San Diego County, Steph Johnson’s jazz-centric trio includes bassist Rob Thorsen and powerhouse drummer Richard Sellers.

June 19: Trio Gadjo. While the focus is the Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy jazz repertoire, members of the Trio bring a vast array of musical styles to each performance.

June 26: Besos De Coco Innovative and Eclectic Chamber Group. Made up of tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Vorce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos, Besos de Coco, is stirring up a great deal of excitement with their groundwork performances.

July 3: Peter Sprague Trio.  Full bodied and powerful, Sprague’s numerous albums have elevated him to legendary status among Jazz guitar fans all over. 

July 10: Sue Palmer. San Diego’s Queen of Boogie Woogie. Sue has amazed audiences all over the world with her unique style and phenomenal left hand. She wails through a very complete blues keyboard vocabulary like the veteran she is.

July 17: Joshua White. Focused on interpreting original compositions, as well as exploring the boundaries of collective improvisation, White has been in demand as one of Southern California’s most creative and technically accomplished pianists.

July 24: No performance.

July 31: Danny Green Brazilian Trio. Jazz pianist-composer Danny Green leads a trio with bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm that embraces Brazilian jazz.

August 7th: Jaime Valle

August 14: Afrojazziacs

August 21 Curtis Tayor Quartet

August 28th: Irving Flores Danzon Trio

This exclusive weekly series is presented by international trumpet virtuoso Gilbert Castellanos and SOTNM.

 Jazz Series Info: 619. 557.3655.

More more on Gilbert Castellanos go to the following City Beat Magazine article:

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