Upcoming Events:

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

Date: February 26, 2020

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 Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – A Swingin’ Affair Ensemble

Date: March 4, 2020

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

The Thursday Club Rummage Sale Benefiting YLJC

Start date: March 7, 2020

End date: March 8, 2020

Location: Balboa Park Activity Center (east side of Park Blvd. near Veterans Memorial)

The Thursday Club Rummage Sale Benefiting YLJC

The 93rd annual Thursday Club Rummage Sale – San Diego’s largest thrift, estate and garage sale – will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the large Balboa Park Activity Center. All proceeds will benefit the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory and 15 other Balboa Park and local community charities and organizations from children to the elderly, health, veterans, arts, life skills, animals, nature and education.

There will be more than 25,000 square feet of thousands of items, treasures and bargains galore.  There will be new and gently-used merchandise: antiques, appliances, art, books, clothes and accessories, electronics, furniture, garden, holiday, housewares, jewelry, linens, pet items, sporting goods, toys, and more. More than $150,000 was raised for the community through last year’s sale.

Free admission and lots of parking. Bring cash! VISA and Mastercard accepted (3% fee added). Donations gladly accepted through Wednesday, March 4. For more information or to donate call (619) 224-5264; https://thethursdayclub.org/annual-rummage-sale/

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Soothsayers Ensemble

Date: March 11, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Soothsayers Ensemble

Soothsayers Ensemble
Instructor – Charlie Arbelaez

Cole Barbara – Trombone
Kahlil Childs – Sax (Alto)
Sebastian Nilsson – Guitar
Luke Preston – Sax (Alto)
Lucius Scala – Piano/Drum
Kory Watson – Bass
Joshua Zingale – Piano

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 – Arutro O’Farrill

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Sidewinder Ensemble

Date: March 18, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Sidewinder Ensemble

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 Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Free For All Ensemble

Date: March 25, 2020

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)

Student Jam Session at BLAH

Date: March 28, 2020

Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

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

Student Jam Session at BLAH

On the 4th Saturday of the month , Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students host a jam session at BLAH (Blind Lady Ale House).

All students and adults are welcome and encouraged to play. This is a great opportunity for students to learn the ropes of a traditional jam session, play with other students, and make new friends!

Keyboard, drums, upright bass & PA provided. All other cats, bring your axes!

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Blue Train Ensemble

Date: April 1, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Blue Train Ensemble

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 – New Perspective Ensemble

Date: April 8, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – New Perspective Ensemble

New Perspective Ensemble
Instructor – Rob Thorsen

Guillermo Alfaro – Trumpet
Aidan Fernandez – Bass
Max Kreger Boaz – Alto Sax
Nicholas Obodovski – Piano
Joaquin Romero-Cabra – Sax (Tenor)
Chilli Tillack – Sax

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Maiden Voyage Ensemble

Date: April 22, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Maiden Voyage Ensemble

Maiden Voyage Ensemble
Instructor – Bob Boss

Clarence McDuffie – Trumpet 
Marcello Ametrano – Guitar & Bass 
Rhydian Marshall – Drums 
Monica Rabin – Guitar & Bass 
Marcus Velasquez – Sax (Alto) 
Sophia Wagner – Voice 
Jeffrey Zhou – Piano

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

Date: April 25, 2020

Time: 7pm

Location: Copley Symphony Hall

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

Student Jam Session at BLAH

Date: April 25, 2020

Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

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

Student Jam Session at BLAH

On the 4th Saturday of the month , Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students host a jam session at BLAH (Blind Lady Ale House).

All students and adults are welcome and encouraged to play. This is a great opportunity for students to learn the ropes of a traditional jam session, play with other students, and make new friends!

Keyboard, drums, upright bass & PA provided. All other cats, bring your axes!

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

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Spring Ensemble

Date: April 29, 2020

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Spring Ensemble

Spring Ensemble
Instructor – Bob Boss

Delilah Kambourakis – Piano/Voice
EJ Hardy – Tenor Sax
Preston Lange – Drums
Savannah Michel – Piano/Voice
Milan Bregman – Bass
Andy Reina – Trumpet

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Night Dreamers Ensemble

Date: May 13, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Night Dreamers Ensemble

Night Dreamers Ensemble
Instructor – Rob Thorsen

Lucas Landsberg – Sax (Tenor)
Taichi Okumura – Sax (Alto)
Fumika Okumura – Voice
Audra Orozco – Guitar
Dahlia Robinson – Bass
William Schaedler – Trumpet
Sam Smylie – Piano 

Open House

Start date: May 16, 2020

End date: May 19, 2020

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, May 16

  • 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, May 17 – 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, May 18

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

Tuesday, May 19

  • 6:30 pm: “Spring Ensemble” led by Bob Boss

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – It’s About Time Ensemble

Date: May 20, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – It’s About Time Ensemble

It’s About Time Ensemble
Instructor – Rob Thorsen

Maxim Bregman – Trumpet
Joseph Kim-Weigandt – Piano
Kaia Kim-Weigandt – Voice
Tommy Ragen – Guitar
Michael Saunders – Drums
Luke Stephanos – Sax (Tenor)
Trinity Walsh – Bass

Student Jam Session at BLAH

Date: May 23, 2020

Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

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

Student Jam Session at BLAH

On the 4th Saturday of the month , Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students host a jam session at BLAH (Blind Lady Ale House).

All students and adults are welcome and encouraged to play. This is a great opportunity for students to learn the ropes of a traditional jam session, play with other students, and make new friends!

Keyboard, drums, upright bass & PA provided. All other cats, bring your axes!

Past Events:

Student Jam Session at BLAH

Date: February 22, 2020

Time: 1 - 4 p.m.

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

Student Jam Session at BLAH

On the 4th Saturday of the month, Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students host a jam session at BLAH (Blind Lady Ale House).

All students and adults are welcome and encouraged to play. This is a great opportunity for students to learn the ropes of a traditional jam session, play with other students, and make new friends!

Keyboard, drums, upright bass & PA provided. All other cats, bring your axes!

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Night Dreamers Ensemble

Date: February 19, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Night Dreamers Ensemble

Night Dreamers Ensemble
Instructor – Rob Thorsen

Lucas Landsberg – Sax (Tenor)
Taichi Okumura – Sax (Alto)
Fumika Okumura – Voice
Audra Orozco – Guitar
Dahlia Robinson – Bass
William Schaedler – Trumpet
Sam Smylie – Piano 

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – It’s About Time Ensemble

Date: February 12, 2020

Time: Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – It’s About Time Ensemble

It’s About Time Ensemble
Instructor – Rob Thorsen

Maxim Bregman – Trumpet
Joseph Kim-Weigandt – Piano
Kaia Kim-Weigandt – Voice
Tommy Ragen – Guitar
Michael Saunders – Drums
Luke Stephanos – Sax (Tenor)
Trinity Walsh – Bass

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – YLJC BIG BAND

Date: January 29, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – YLJC BIG BAND

YLJC BIG BAND
Gilbert Castellanos – Instructor/Conductor

Nick Caldwell – Sax (Tenor) 
Sam Capron – Sax (Baritone)  
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

Student Jazz Jam Session at BLAH

Date: January 25, 2020

Time: 1-4 PM

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

Student Jazz Jam Session at BLAH

Please join us at Blind Lady Ale House (BLAH) for YLJC’s student-led jam session. All students and adults are welcome and encouraged to play! This is a great opportunity for students to learn the ropes of a traditional jam session, play with other students, and make new friends!

Keyboard, drums, upright bass & PA provided. All other cats, bring your axes!

House Band:
Alvin Paige – Sax
Brenda Greggio – Piano
John Murray – Bass
Carmen Murray – Drums/Host

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Blue Train Ensemble

Date: January 22, 2020

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Panama 66

Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – Blue Train Ensemble

Blue Train Ensemble
Instructor – Gilbert Castellanos

Jack Becker – Drums
Benjamin Delgado – Trumpet
Christian Longoria – Clarinet
Christopher Martinez – Bass
Julia Picker – Voice
Paolo Roque – Piano