Upcoming Events:

All Ensembles Showcase @ The Loft, UCSD

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: The Loft, UCSD, Lyman Ln, La Jolla, CA 92093

All Ensembles Showcase @ The Loft, UCSD

Come join us for a great day of music! All 11 YLJC ensembles will perform a recital at The Loft @ UCSD. Food and drinks available for purchase.

TICKET PRICES:

  • Young Lions Students – Free
  • UCSD Students – Free
  • All Other Students – $10
  • Adults – $15

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: (Students, please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled performance. Remember to give yourself about 10 minutes to park and walk to the venue.)

11:00amNight Dreamers Ensemble,” Rob’s Monday, 6:30 class

11:20amSidewinder Ensemble,” Charlie’s Saturday, 3pm class

11:40amA Swingin’ Affair Ensemble,” Gil’s Sunday, 5:30 class

12:00pmIt’s About Time Ensemble,” Rob’s Saturday, 11am class

12:20pmNew Perspective Ensemble,” Rob’s Saturday, 9am class

12:40pmBirth of the Cool Ensemble,” Gil’s Sunday, 9:30am class

1:00pmBlue Train Ensemble,” Gil’s Sunday, 3:30 class

1:20pmMaiden Voyage Ensemble,” Bob’s Saturday, 1pm class

1:40pmFree For All Ensemble,” Gil’s Sunday, 11:30am class

2:00pmSoothsayers Ensemble,” Charlie’s Saturday, 5pm class

2:20pmNew Soil Ensemble,” Gil’s Sunday, 1:30pm class

The closest parking option is The Gilman Parking Structure. UCSD recently changed its parking policy and parking may no longer be free on Saturdays. Check when you get there and be prepared to pay an hourly parking rate at the machine (yes, they accept credit cards). Then it’s just a short walk to The Loft. See map for details.

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – New Soil Ensemble

Date: December 18, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – New Soil Ensemble

New Soil Ensemble
Instructor – Gilbert Castellanos

Nick Caldwell – Sax (Tenor)
Brenda Greggio – Piano
Carmen Murray – Drums
John Murray – Bass
Alvin Paige – Sax (Alto)
Mateo Zamora – Trombone

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – YLJC Alumni All-Stars

Date: January 8, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – YLJC Alumni All-Stars

Join us at the one and only Panama 66 as we welcome back some familiar faces. This one’s not to be missed! 🔥

Stay tuned – More information to come!

KSDS Jazz 88.3 Jazz Live Presents YLJC Big Band

Date: January 13, 2020

Time: Doors Open at 5:30 pm, Show Starts at 8:00 pm

Location: The City College Lyman Saville Theatre

KSDS Jazz 88.3 Jazz Live Presents YLJC Big Band

We are excited to debut YLJC Big Band at KSDS Jazz Live!
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Listen LIVE – Jazz 88.3

YLJC BIG BAND
Gilbert Castellanos – Instructor/Conductor

Nick Caldwell – Sax (Tenor)
Sawyer Figueroa – Sax (Tenor)
Alvin Paige – Sax (Alto)
Kenneth Zayas – Sax (Alto)
Cole Barbara – Trombone
Owen Getz – Trombone
Sergio Ibanez – Trombone
Mateo Zamora – Trombone
Emanuel Borboa-Hill – Trumpet
Benjamin Delgado – Trumpet
Ian Feldman – Trumpet
Clarence McDuffie – Trumpet
Brenda Greggio – Piano
John Murray – Bass
Carmen Murray – Drums

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Jacob Williams

Date: January 15, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Jacob Williams

YLJC student Jacob Williams leads his own group. 

Jacob Williams – Guitar
Group: TBD

YLJC Open for Jazz @ The Jacobs – Arutro O’Farrill

Date: March 14, 2020

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

YLJC Open for Jazz @ The Jacobs – “John Coltrane”

Date: April 25, 2020

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

Masterclass – Joel Frahm

Date: April 26, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM-1:30 PM

Location: 2590 Truxtun Rd., Building 176, Ste. 102, San Diego, CA 92106

Masterclass – Joel Frahm

Tickets Sold At The Door
Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Students – Free
Other Students – $10
Adults – $15

Past Events:

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – A Swingin’ Affair Ensemble

Date: December 11, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – A Swingin’ Affair Ensemble

A Swingin’ Affair Ensemble
Instructor – Gilbert Castellanos

Joseph Jazmine – Voice/Piano
Christian Rodriguez – Guitar
Caleb Sheffield – Drums
Samuel Sheffield – Bass
Benjamin Shimabukuro – Piano
Nicholas Stoneking – Sax (Alto)
Sergio Ibanez – Trombone

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Birth Of The Cool Ensemble

Date: December 4, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Birth Of The Cool Ensemble

Birth Of The Cool Ensemble
Instructor – Gilbert Castellanos

Zane Adlam – Guitar
Ian Cunningham –  Piano /Voice
Ian Feldman – Trumpet
Jorge Mabarak – Bass
Sean McGarry – Sax (Tenor)
Betsy Murphy – Piano /Voice
Catie Murphy – Drums

Young Lions Student Jam at Blind Lady Ale House, & “Agents of Change” Fundraiser

Date: December 1, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Blind Lady Ale House, 3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Young Lions Student Jam at Blind Lady Ale House, & “Agents of Change” Fundraiser

Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights has selected Young Lions Jazz Conservatory as an “Agents of Change” fundraiser recipient! On Sunday, December 1, 2019, 10% of ALL PROCEEDS (food and drink) sold at Blind Lady (from 11:30 am to 11:30 pm) will go directly to Young Lions Jazz Conservatory! We are so grateful for their support.

On that day, Sunday, December 1, from 12 pm to 4 pm the New Soil Ensemble will be hosting a jam session at Blind Lady. All Young Lions students are welcome to attend and sit in. Drums, keys, and bass will be provided, all others should bring their instrument.

Come out and join Gilbert and the students! Enjoy a Blind Lady pizza or salad and a delicious beverage while supporting the Conservatory. Hope to see you there!

YLJC Open for Jazz @ The Jacobs – Billie Holiday Tribute

Date: November 30, 2019

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

YLJC Open for Jazz @ The Jacobs – Billie Holiday Tribute

Blue Train Ensemble will open the show.

Blue Train Ensemble
Instructor – Gilbert Castellanos
Jack Becker – Drums
Benjamin Delgado – Trumpet
Christian Longoria – Clarinet
Christopher Martinez – Bass
Julia Picker – Voice
Paolo Roque – Piano

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Free For All Ensemble

Date: November 27, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Free For All Ensemble

Free For All Ensemble
Instructor – Gilbert Castellanos

Sawyer Figueroa – Sax (Tenor)
Connor Gilbert – Bass
Elijah Marrewa – Drums
Piatt Pund – Violin
Harley Sheppard – Piano
Jacob Williams – Guitar
Kenneth Zayas – Sax (Alto)

Open House

Start date: November 23, 2019

End date: November 25, 2019

Location: 2590 Truxtun Rd., Building 176, Ste. 102, San Diego, CA 92106

Open House

Everyone is welcome to see a Young Lions Jazz Conservatory class in action! Friends and family, come enjoy seeing your student rehearse. Current students, please feel free to check out other instructors or ensembles. Prospective students, you are most welcome to get a taste of what being a Young Lion is all about. Each class runs 90 minutes.

Saturday, November 23

  • 9:00 am: “New Perspective Ensemble” led by Rob Thorsen
  • 11:00 am: “It’s About Time Ensemble” led by Rob Thorsen
  • 1:00 pm: “Maiden Voyage Ensemble” led by Bob Boss
  • 3:00 pm: “Sidewinder Ensemble” led by Charlie Arbelaez
  • 5:00 pm: “Soothsayers Ensemble” led by Charlie Arbelaez

Sunday, November 24 – All Sunday Ensembles Led By Artistic Director Gilbert Castellanos

  • 9:30 am: “Birth of the Cool Ensemble”
  • 11:30 am: “Free For All Ensemble”
  • 1:30 pm: “New Soil Ensemble”
  • 3:30 pm: “Blue Train Ensemble”
  • 5:30 pm: “A Swingin’ Affair Ensemble”
  • 7:30 pm: Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Big Band

Monday, November 25

  • 6:30 pm: “Night Dreamers Ensemble” led by Rob Thorsen