Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series at Panama 66
In December of 2013, jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos created the Young Lions Series with the intent to mentor young musicians and provide them with unique opportunities to perform in public venues. Middle and high school students are encouraged to prepare and program a concert, engage with the audience, grow in confidence and discipline, and to respect the music. Since the series’ inception, over 200 musicians have participated. The Young Lions Series performances are every Wednesday from 6-8pm at Panama 66 at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Catch The Young Lions at Panama 66, located in Balboa Park in the Art Museum Sculpture Garden. The show is free and delicious food and drink are available to purchase.
You can stay for the Jam Session, hosted by Gilbert Castellanos, that runs 8:30 – 11pm every Wednesday.
Young Lions Series:
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series Featuring Julia Picker
On JAN 10, the spotlight is on 15-year old jazz vocalist Julia Picker, a sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy and student at the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory.
Check out this incredible talent on Wednesday JAN 10 at 6PM, then stay for the Wednesday Jazz Jam Presented By Gilbert Castellanos – San Diego’s longest running Jam – at 830PM!
Gilbert Castellanos Presenst: The Young Lions Series Featuring Liam Keefe
On JAN 17, the spotlight is on saxophonist Liam Keefe, a student at School for Creative and Performing Arts and a Young Lions Jazz Conservatory student. Liam is on sax – the band TBD.
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series Featuring Rob Thorsen’s 10am Class
On January 24 Gilbert features a Young Lions Jazz Conservatory Ensemble taught by Instructor Rob Thorsen. Come out and hear Rob’s 10am Ensemble!
Taylor Bailey – Sax
Veena Dorazio – Voice/Violin
Connor Gilbert – Bass
Clarence McDuffe – Trumpet
Catie Murphy – Drums
Judson Smith – Drums and Percussion
Jacob Williams – Guitar
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lion Series Featuring Zion Dyson
Come out on Valentine’s Day to hear Zion croon! Zion is a Junior at The Bishop’s School and a Young Lions Jazz Conservatory student. The evening will feature Zion singing romantic songs of love. Band TBD.
Past Young Lions Performances:
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series Featuring Christopher Martinez
Canyon Crest Academy High School student Christopher Martinez will perform on upright bass with his band.
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series Featuring Aria and Noah Ines
Come hear this brother/sister duo and their band! Aria is a vocalist and trombone player and Noah rocks on the drums.
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series featuring Zion Dyson
For the second year in a row 16-year-old vocalist Zion Dyson will be performing her Holiday Jazz concert as part of The Young Lions Series. Zion is a junior at The Bishop’s School. Come out and be merry with Zion and her band: Carmen Murray on drums, John Murray on bass, Jason Picker on keys and Julian Roel on Sax. 6pm – 8pm. Stay for the jam that starts at 8:30pm.
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series Featuring Gilbert’s 3pm Ensemble
Come hear Young Lions Jazz Conservatory students in Gilbert’s 3pm ensemble.
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series Featuring Rob Thorsen 1pm Ensemble
Come on out to hear Young Lions Jazz Conservatory 1pm Class led by instructor Rob Thorsen.
Gilbert Castellanos Presents: The Young Lions Series Featuring Dharma Dorazio
On November 29, the spotlight is on 15-year old upright bass player Dharma D’Orazio. A sophomore at Sage Creek High School Orchestra, she also attends the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory , an after school jazz program founded by Gilbert Castellanos. She has also participated in UCSD Jazz Camp.
Check out this incredible talent on Wednesday NOV 29 6-8PM at Panama 66/San Diego Museum of Art. Then, stay for the Wednesday Jazz Jam at 830PM!
– Dharma Dorazio – Upright Bass (Sage Creek HS, Int’l Academy of Jazz)
– Edward Gabrielyan – Piano
– Carmen Murray – Drums