Jazz series gets under way at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla

Gilbert Catellanos. Courtesy
Gilbert Catellanos. Courtesy

Summer concerts return to the 150-seat Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with the annual Farrell Family Jazz series. It opens 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 with the Gilbert Castellanos Quartet and guest trumpeter James Zollar. This performance opens a yearlong series, “Night of the Cookers: Tribute to the Trumpet Masters,” hosted by San Diego–based trumpet-master Castellanos at a variety of venues. For this concert, he leads Eric Reed on piano, Hamilton Price on bass, and NYC-based drummer Willie Jones III.

Recognized as a new American master by DownBeat, Castellanos has established himself among the nation’s most inventive improvisers. He is joined for this show by fellow trumpeter James Zollar, who makes his first Athenaeum appearance since 2004. Zollar spent his high school and early adult years in San Diego, moving in 1985 to New York City. Zollar’s credits include work with artists such as the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras, Don Byron, David Murray, Mongo Santamaria, Frank Foster, and Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Next up Friday, July 1 is a return visit by Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen, who made her Athenaeum debut last spring with a tribute to Benny Goodman. She will be joined by Joe Martin on bass, Daniel Freedman on drums, and a pianist to be announced. She is conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles.

The series continues Thursday, July 21 with a return performance by New York–based vocalist Kendra Shank, with Hamilton Price on bass, and two musicians to be announced on piano on drums. Shank’s most recent CD, “A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook,” was listed among the top jazz CDs of 2007. The Boston Globe commented, “This vocalist makes lyrics believable, invents like an instrumentalist, and has an ear second to none for little-known and unknown tunes. She also functions like a true equal with her excellent rhythm section.”

The series ends Wednesday, July 27 with a San Diego debut by NYC-based Edmar Castaneda Trio, featuring improvising Colombian harpist Castaneda with trombonist Marshall Gilkes, and drummer/percussionist Dave Silliman.

A native of Bogota, Castaneda has been taking New York and major international jazz festivals by storm with his unique approach to Latin jazz via the traditional Colombian arpa llanera. In addition to leading his own groups, he’s been chosen as a guest soloist by artists like Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, and John Patitucci.

JazzTimes commented “the phenomenal Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, whose technically astounding approach to the instrument has been registering with ‘scenesters’ over the past year, covers independent, heavily grooving bass lines with his left hand while chording and also running counterpoint melodies and dazzling triplet figures with his right hand. [He brings] a kind of Charlie Hunter or Joe Passian approach to the harp.”

If you go

• Gilbert Castellanos Quartet: 7:30 p.m. June 14

• Anat Cohen Quartet: 7:30 p.m. July 1

• Kendra Shank Quartet: 7:30 p.m. July 21

• Edmar Castaneda Trio: 7:30 p.m. July 27

Where:

1008 Wall St. La Jolla

Tickets:

Series $68 members, $88 nonmembers; single concerts $19-$24

Reservations:

(858) 454-5872

   
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