Upcoming Events:

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

Date: September 18, 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)

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

Date: September 25, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

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 Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Blue Train Ensemble

Date: October 2, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

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 – A Swingin’ Affair Ensemble

Date: October 16, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

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)

Young Lions Open for Kurt Elling at Jazz @ The Jacobs

Date: October 19, 2019

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Sidewinder Ensemble

Date: October 23, 2019

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Sidewinder Ensemble
Instructor – Charlie Arbelaez

Sam Capron – Sax (Tenor)
Owen Getz – Trombone
Jonas Reinke-Barteau – Piano
Miguel Talamantez – Sax (Alto)
Jacob Thene – Guitar
Joel Vettel – Bass
Artem Bogusevich – Drums

Young Lions Open for Jazz @ The Jacobs Billie Holiday Tribute

Date: November 30, 2019

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

Young Lions Open for Jazz @ The Jacobs Arutro O’Farrill

Date: March 14, 2020

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

Young Lions Open for Jazz @ The Jacobs – “John Coltrane”

Date: April 25, 2020

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

Past Events:

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – New Soil Ensemble

Date: September 11, 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

Jam Session for YLJC Students!

Date: September 1, 2019

Time: 1-4 PM

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

Jam Session for YLJC Students!

This is a free, no-pressure event that encourages meeting new friends and having FUN! The jam is a great opportunity for students of all skill levels to play with one another and develop “session etiquette” in a comfortable environment.

When: Sunday Sept 1, 2019. 1-4 PM
Where: YLJC Rehearsal Space
2590 Truxtun Rd., Building 176, Ste. 102, San Diego, CA 92106

Hosted by Carmen Murray (drums), the house band will also include fellow YLJC members Brenda Greggio (piano), John Murray (bass), and Nick Caldwell (Sax).

There will be bass & guitar amps, a piano, a drum set, a PA system w/ microphone as well as an upright bass provided – all other musicians bring your axe!

Non YLJC students are also invited to attend and play (if they wish), and friends and family are welcome to watch!

There will be a parent volunteer in the room for the duration of the jam session. Parents, feel free to drop off and pick up (by 4pm please!).

Hope you can make it!

Young Lions Opens for Bayside Summer Nights – Ultimate Miles Davis

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 6pm

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Opens for Bayside Summer Nights – Ultimate Miles Davis

Young Lions will open on the main stage for San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights. Young Lions start at 6:00 p.m. on the main stage. Click here for tickets.

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Fundraiser – The Shape of Jazz to Come

Date: August 18, 2019

Time: 1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Fundraiser – The Shape of Jazz to Come


Join us for our third annual Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Fundraiser! Enjoy a concert with San Diego’s jazz greats playing alongside our own Conservatory students, bid on silent and live auction items, and enjoy tasty fusion tapas, beer, wine and our signature drink featuring Chervona Vodka. The concert will feature Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet), Marshall Hawkins (bass), Joshua White (piano), Rob Thorsen (bass), Bob Boss (guitar), Charlie Arbelaez (sax) and Tyler Kreutel (drums). The beautiful and talented Lorraine Castellanos will be your emcee for the festivities.

Young Lions students may attend for free. Conservatory students’ families (mother, father, brother, sister, grandparents…) can attend for 20% off the General Admission price. Contact us for the promo code.

Click here to purchase your tickets online.

Young Lions Opens for Bayside Summer Nights – A Nancy Wilson Tribute!

Date: August 8, 2019

Time: 6pm

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Opens for Bayside Summer Nights – A Nancy Wilson Tribute!

Young Lions students will perform on the main stage of the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights. Young Lions vocalist Zion Dyson and her all star combo kick off the show at 6:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Young Lions Opens For Bayside Summer Nights – Congas and Bongos!

Date: July 25, 2019

Time: 6pm

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Opens For Bayside Summer Nights – Congas and Bongos!

Young Lions Students will perform on the Main Stage at San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights at the Embarcadero starting at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information on tickets for the show.