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Portraits in Jazz: The Improvisational Genius of Thelonious Monk

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Portraits in Jazz: The Improvisational Genius of Thelonious Monk

Location: James S. Copley Auditorium

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Saturday, November 17
7:30 p.m. Talk
8:00 p.m. Concert
James S. Copley Auditorium

The Music of Thelonious Monk

Gilbert Castellanos and a line-up of special guests celebrate and pay tribute to Thelonious Monk, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. This series is curated by award-winning trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, recognized six-times by the San Diego Music Awards as BEST JAZZ BAND and ARTIST OF THE YEAR; San Diego CityBeat readers voted him BEST JAZZ BAND three times, including 2018!

At 7:30 p.m., a preconcert talk will be given by Ken Poston, the General Manager for KSDS Jazz 88.3, and the Founder and Director of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m.

The Southern California all-star line-up features:

  • Gilbert Castellanos – Trumpet
  • Marvin “Smitty” Smith – Drums
  • Henry Franklin – Upright Bass
  • Theo Saunders – Piano
  • Teodross Avery – Tenor Sax

This LA-loaded line-up has never been seen before together on one stage in San Diego!


Presale: $10 members | $15 students, seniors, military | $20 nonmembers
At the door: $15 members | $20 students, seniors, military | $25 nonmembers

Parking will be a challenge in Balboa Park. Parking options include at Alcazar, next to the Organ Pavilion, at the San Diego Zoo (enter Balboa Park thru Spanish Village), behind Ruben H Fleet Space Theater, etc.

Choose Uber or Lyft!

Come early and enjoy dinner alfresco at Panama 66, then be the first in line for premium concert seating.

Beverages will be available for purchase inside Copley Auditorium at the Panama 66 Bar.

No food permitted inside the auditorium.

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November 17, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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James S. Copley Auditorium
1450 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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