Upcoming Events:

Young Lions Series Featuring Ian Buss 5pm Ensemble

Date: May 23, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Panama 66

Check out this Young Lions Jazz Conservatory class led by instructor Ian Buss.

Line up:
Emiliano Garcia, Drums
Audra Orozco, Guitar
Marcus Velasquez, Alto Sax
Trinity Walsh, Bass
Sean McGarry, Tenor Sax

Young Lions Series Featuring New Soil Ensemble

Date: May 30, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Panama 66

Check out this Young Lions Jazz Conservatory ensemble led by Gilbert Castellanos.

Line up:

Tiger Diep – Alto Sax
Julian Roel – Alto Sax
Alvin Paige – Tenor Sax
Zion Dyson – Vocals
Tate McKay – Guitar
Jason Pickers – Piano
Carmen Murray – Drums
John Murray – Bass

All-Ensemble Recital at The Loft, UCSD

Date: June 9, 2018

Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: The Loft, UCSD

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory will host an All-Ensemble recital at Zanzibar Cafe at the Loft, UCSD, on Saturday, June 9 from 1pm – 4pm.

Zanzibar Cafe and bar will be open during the concerts for your enjoyment! Each of our eight ensembles will play a short set.

Here is the Recital Schedule:

  • 1pm – Rob Thorsen’s 1pm Ensemble
  • 1:30pm – Gil Castellano’s 11am Ensemble (New Soil)
  • 2pm – Rob’s 10am Ensemble
  • 2:30pm – Gil’s 9am Ensemble (Los Ocho)
  • 3pm – Gil’s 3pm Ensemble
  • 3:20 – Ian’s 5pm Ensemble AND Monday Night Jazz Workshop
  • 3:30 – Gil’s 5pm Ensemble

You are welcome to stay for the whole recital OR just come for the part where your student will be featured. We ask that students arrive at least one hour before their scheduled performance time.

Tickets will be available at the door (doors open at 12:30 pm). We will accept cash, check and credit cards. Parents who are attending the recital are required to purchase tickets for this event. All ticket proceeds go directly to Young Lions Jazz Conservatory.

Tickets Prices:

  • Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Students – FREE
  • UCSD Students – FREE
  • All Other Students – $10
  • Adults – $15

Directions and Parking at The Loft, UCSD:

From Interstate 5, exit La Jolla Village Drive and head west. Make a right on Villa La Jolla Drive heading north. Drive up the hill into the Gilman Parking Structure. UCSD requires parking permits for all weekday parking from 7am to 11pm. Permits will also be sold the day of the performances at permit machines. The machines charge $2/hour and take cash and credit cards.

We hope to see you there!

Young Lions Students Open Up for Bayside Summer Nights – STAR SPANGLED POPS

Date: June 29, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Students open up for Star Spangled Pops, the first concert in the 2018 San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series at the San Diego Embarcadero. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to see the Young Lions pre-show!

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Young Lions Students Open Up for Bayside Summer Nights – ARTURO SANDOVAL

Date: July 12, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Students open up for Arturo Sandoval in the 2018 San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series at the San Diego Embarcadero. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to see the Young Lions pre-show!

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Young Lions “Los Ochos” Ensemble at South Bay Salsa Festival

Date: July 21, 2018

Time: TBD

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory ensemble, “Los Ochos,” led by Gilbert Castellanos will be performing at the South Bay Salsa Festival on Saturday, July 21. More details coming soon.

Click here to go to the South Bay Salsa Festival’s Facebook page.

Young Lions Students Open Up for Bayside Summer Nights – GODFATHERS OF LATIN JAZZ: A SALUTE TO DIZZY AND CHANO feat. JON FADDIS

Date: July 26, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Students open up for GODFATHERS OF LATIN JAZZ: A SALUTE TO DIZZY AND CHANO featuring JON FADDIS in the 2018 San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series at the San Diego Embarcadero. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to see the Young Lions pre-show!

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Young Lions Students Open Up for Bayside Summer Nights – “BIRD” ON THE BAY: A CHARLIE PARKER TRIBUTE feat. CHARLES MCPHERSON

Date: August 9, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Students open up for “BIRD” ON THE BAY: A CHARLIE PARKER TRIBUTE featuring CHARLES MCPHERSON in the 2018 San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series at the San Diego Embarcadero. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to see the Young Lions pre-show!

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Young Lions Students Open Up for Bayside Summer Nights – LADIES WHO JAM: WOMEN IN JAZZ feat. DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER

Date: August 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Students open up for LADIES WHO JAM: WOMEN IN JAZZ feat. DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER in the 2018 San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series at the San Diego Embarcadero. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to see the Young Lions pre-show!

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Young Lions Students Open Up for Bayside Summer Nights – 1812 TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR!

Date: September 2, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Embarcadero

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students open up for Bayside Summer Nights, 1812 Thaikovsky Spectacular, the LAST concert in the San Diego Symphony’s 2018 Summer Series at the Embarcadero. Get there at 6:30 p.m. to see the Young Lion’s pre-show.

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Past Events:

Young Lions Series Featuring Tiger Diep

Date: May 16, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Panama 66

You’ll be AMAZED by this alto sax player! Tiger Diep is a junior at School for Creative and Performing Arts and a Young Lions Jazz Conservatory student.

Young Lions Series Featuring Jack Uchitel

Date: May 9, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Panama 66

Check out high school senior and Young Lions Jazz Conservatory student Jack Uchitel on tenor sax!

Young Lions Series Featuring Los Ocho

Date: May 2, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Panama 66

Check out this Young Lions Jazz Conservatory ensemble led by Gilbert Castellanos. You won’t be able to resist their LATIN groove!

Nicholas Abaunza, Drums
Nicklas Caldwell, Sax
Grace Dessert, Flute
Mia Estrada, Violin
Serea Geroe, Guitar
Brenda Greggio, Keys
Samuel Kredich, Trumpet
Christopher Martinez, Bass

The Blue Notes perform for the kidFUNfest

Date: April 29, 2018

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Veterans Museum, Balboa Park

Sunday April 29th – The Blue Notes, Young Lions Jazz Conservatory ensemble led by Rob Thorsen, perform for the kidFUNfest from 10am till 10:45am. The event will be held at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd, San Diegp 92101 More info at kidFUNfest.com.

Taylor Bailey – alto sax
Clarence McDuff – trumpet
Veena Dorazio – vocals
Jacob Williams – guitar
Connor Gilbert – bass
JP Smith – drums

Jazz @ The Jacob’s Pre-Show Featuring The Blue Notes

Date: April 28, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

Young Lions Jazz Conservatory ensemble, The Blue Notes, led by Rob Thorsen, perform in the Lobby at Copley Symphony Hall from 7pm till 7:40 pm preceding the sold out Miles Davis Tribute show.

Taylor Bailey – alto sax
Clarence McDuff – trumpet
Veena Dorazio – vocals
Jacob Williams – guitar
Connor Gilbert – bass
JP Smith – drums

Young Lions Series Featuring Nick Caldwell

Date: April 25, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Panama 66

Nick Caldwell is the baddest middle school sax player you’ll ever hear! Check out his trio with Brenda Greggio on keys and Wesley Biasi on drums.