JESSICA PRATT

JESSICA PRATT

Tue, Jun 18

*SHOW ONLY | 21+ | NO DINNER SERVICE* w/ TONY MOLINA From the opening seconds of “Life Is,” it’s clear that Here in the Pitch is a very different kind of album from Jessica Pratt. The revered Los Angeles artist has become one of the most singular and distinctive songwriters of her generation, largely through the bewitching sound of her acoustic guitar and vocals: a mystical, elusive blend that conjures deep emotional responses from her devoted (and patient) audience. To introduce her first release in half-a-decade, however, we are greeted by neither her breathtaking vocals nor the delicate, sophisticated strum of her guitar. Instead, Pratt’s fourth album begins with a percussion roll that nods instantly to the grand, orchestral style of ’60s pop hits like the Walker Brothers’ “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” Northern California native Tony Molina has a restless, multi-faceted musical personality. He got his start playing in hardcore bands, but over time developed two distinct styles that are very far removed from that sound. Initially under the name Ovens, then as a solo artist, he crafts bite-sized chunks of melodic pop that can be broken into two sub-headings: quiet acoustic guitar-led ballads and noisy electric songs that sound like Teenage Fanclub with J Mascis and the Fastbacks' Kurt Bloch spearheading a dual guitar attack. 

ROB THORSEN TRIO w/ STEPH JOHNSON & GILBERT CASTELLANOS - SUPPERCLUB

ROB THORSEN TRIO w/ STEPH JOHNSON & GILBERT CASTELLANOS - SUPPERCLUB

Thu, Jun 20

*Doors open at 6pm | 21+ | Dinner starts promptly at 7pm.* Jazz bassist Rob Thorsen maintains a diverse and busy schedule in Southern California as a performer, educator, clinician and composer. He has found his true voice in the upright bass and performs regularly as a leader with artists including the Mike Wofford/Holly Hofmann Quartet, Gilbert Castellanos, Charles McPherson, Steph Johnson and a host of others. Rob has released six recordings as a leader, “Bass is the Space - Solos and Duos” featuring an array of jazz talents including Joshua White, Steph Johnson, Gilbert Castellanos and Marshall Hawkins in duo and solo performances. His most recent release is "So In Love" — a 10-track album with his wife/lead vocalist Steph Johnson featuring songs from Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, and others. Jazz education plays an important role in his career. He teaches at Gilbert Castellanos Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, The La Jolla Athenaeums “The World Of Jazz” as well as teaching privately. In 2010 Thorsen created “Jazz an American Art Form,” a highly successful jazz educational program that features his quartet and is presented to over 8,000 students annually in primarily under-served communities. He is also involved with and performs with the Voices of Our City Choir, a soul-jazz choir created by his wife Steph Johnson for people experiencing homelessness in San Diego. Joining Rob on June 20th for supper club at Lou Lou's will be Melonie Grinnell on piano, Richard Sellers on drums, with special guest vocalist, Steph Johnson and Gilbert Castellanos on trumpet. 

VICTOR BAKER QUINTET

VICTOR BAKER QUINTET

Fri, Jun 21

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ In addition to being a world-renowned guitar maker, Victor Baker is an avid modern jazz guitarist, prolific composer and active performer. He has called San Diego home since 2018 after many years in New York City, where he worked as both a leader and sideman in many of the city's esteemed jazz clubs. He has performed in many local jazz-centric and original music venues such as Dizzy's, The Handlery Hotel, The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, Panama 66, The Jazz Lounge, The Black Cat, The Acid Vault and numerous more. His music has also been featured on KSDS 88.3FM Jazz After Hours. VB Is very excited to be bringing his group back to Lou Lou's to perform a mixture of his originals and arrangements. 

SAN DIEGO LATIN JAZZ COLLECTIVE

SAN DIEGO LATIN JAZZ COLLECTIVE

Sat, Jun 22

*SHOW ONLY | 21+ | NO DINNER SERVICE* Throughout the course of their musical career, the San Diego Latin Jazz Collective has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at a variety of venues, making dozens of appearances and continuing to record new singles, the San Diego Latin Jazz Collective has been earning the admiration and affection of fans and serve as both an inspiration and a role model in musical diversity.​ Hailed as a complex musical melting pot, Latin Jazz has its roots in the vibrant jazz scene of Harlem, as well as the Cuban and Puerto Rican musical influences of Spanish Harlem and the Bronx. The San Diego Latin Jazz Collective not only embodies these ideals in name, but also is a cultural cauldron at its very core, the foundation of the group's existence. Founded in 2009 by band leader Michael Benge (Miguelito), this versatile group features some of Southern California’s top musicians from the San Diego/Tijuana metroplex, bringing together an extraordinary compilation of rhythms, styles, and genres that represent each members cultures and musical heroes. A true collective of life long musical experiences The band’s captivating, high-energy performance will take the audience through a cultural journey in a border town. With musical influences from Latin jazz to salsa and even pop, reggae, and funk, blending musicianship, creativity, and tradition, this band knows how to entertain. Keeping one foot in the past and one foot in the present, the San Diego Latin Jazz Collective is always looking for the next musical experience they will bring to their audiences and dares them not to dance. 

THWOMP!

THWOMP!

Sun, Jun 23

Kogee-R&B/Soul vocalist Kori Gillis (Ko - "G"). Born in the Chicagoland area, Kori comes from a musical family and has been heavily influenced by Motown, classic soul, gospel, and jazz. After graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA. in 2004, he went on to become the lead male vocalist for Navy Band Southwest as well as the Naval Forces Band Europe and Africa from 2008 to 2012. Kori has performed for millions of people throughout Africa, Europe and the US while serving his country. Currently, he resides in San Diego, CA and performs around the Southern California area, promoting his first original project, the self-produced, San Diego Award-nominated Best R&B/Funk/Soul album, Silver Lining. Born in Boston, Jon Rogers took up saxophone after falling in love with the music of John Coltrane and Avishai Cohen. Graduating from Berklee College of music, and performing throughout New England and New York, Jon has played with Joe Lovano, Dave Santoro, Hal Crook, Darren Barrett, Victor Mendoza, and The Yellowjackets, among others. Jon currently resides in San Diego, playing at notable venues such as House of Blues and Humphries. Working as a performer, arranger, and recording artist with a variety of groups from San Diego to Palm Springs, his repertoire spans the genres of Latin, Neo Soul, r&b, reggae, Motown, Dixieland, dance and modal jazz, along with experimental and world music. Kenny Beaumont is a guitarist & singer songwriter born and raised in San Diego, California with over 25 years of experience. Kenny's talent focuses on genres such as Reggae, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Brazilian. At the age of 15, Kenny was playing in the blues circuit of southeast San Diego in clubs like The Dolphin Inn, Montford Point, and American Legion playing with blues greats like Willie Jaye, Tom Cat Courtney, June Bug, and Ninne Brown. For the next six years, Kenny played throughout San Diego until the age of 21 when he moved to Brazil. With his Brazilian heritage stemming from his mother's side, Kenny easily adapted to the country's music and culture scene. For the next 10 years studied Brazilian culture, which landed him a spot as the lead vocalist/guitarist for a successful band called "Matutaia". During that time Kenny performed for many audiences while opening for many artists like Gloria Gayner, Barao Vermelho, Kid De Abelha, Dick Dale, and Jorge Ben." In 2006 Kenny returned to San Diego and is now currently living and performing in the San Diego music scene. He brings many exciting styles to the stage that he has learned throughout his life both in San Diego and in Brazil. Kenny plays many favorite artists whom we all recognize and appreciate today as well as original music for a wide range of audiences. Kenny also recently played with BB King’s  drummer Tony Coleman. Eric Mroczek is a bass player based out of San Diego. He has cut his teeth playing the local venues and festivals including The Music Box, Casbah, The Mustache Bash and Same Same But Different. He is currently the bassist of the local funk band The B Sections. Avery Suazo-Greathouse is a born and raised San Diego native. Avery has played and recorded with various ensembles / artists of varied genres from latin jazz, to hip-hop, to alternative metal, and more. As a lifetime student and enthusiast of music, he started his musical journey in 2004 in Spring Valley, CA, and continues to this day. Andrew Acquista is a percussionist and drumset player currently residing in San Diego. Andrew’s percussion background includes intensive training African, Brazilian and Cuban percussion. On drum set he is fluent in funk, rock, reggae, blues, RnB, jazz, calypso/soca, African, Cuban and Brazilian styles and performs in the greater San Diego area. Performs regularly with Master Drummer Dramane Kone with his African percussion company Ballet Djelia Kadi. He is a member and performs with Mark Lamson’s Brazilian music company Sol E Mar. Recorded for the movie “Black Panther” working directly with composer Ludwig Göransson. He performed multiple sold out shows at the LA Forum with the legendary Latin rock group Maná. 

MAL HALL // LAUGH AT LOU LOUS

MAL HALL // LAUGH AT LOU LOUS

Wed, Jun 26

Doors: 6:30PM Showtime: 7:30PM 21+ | NO DINNER SERVICE Experience the hilarity at Laugh At Lou Lou’s, an evening of stand-up comedy hosted by the razor-sharp Mal Hall. Join us on the last Wednesday of every month as Mal Hall introduces a stellar lineup of seasoned headliners who have graced stages nationwide and appeared on Netflix and Comedy Central. Each comedian will offer their distinct brand of humor, promising a night filled with laughter and entertainment. Don’t miss out—reserve your tickets now for an unforgettable night of comedy. 

GILBERT CASTELLANOS & THE NEW LATIN JAZZ SEXTET - SUPPERCLUB

GILBERT CASTELLANOS & THE NEW LATIN JAZZ SEXTET - SUPPERCLUB

Thu, Jun 27

*Doors open at 6pm | 21+ | Dinner starts promptly at 7pm.* Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Fresno, California, Gilbert’s musical career was preordained; the only son to his eponym father, a touring Cumbia band leader, singer and arranger, Gilbert was strongly influenced by his predecessor’s deep appreciation for classical composers and big band jazz ensembles, broadening young Gilbert's horizons from an early age. Gilbert Sr. strongly encouraged Gilbert toward the Jazz genre when at first he showed an interest in trumpet at age 6. By age 11, Gilbert’s intensive training and education provided the context to begin playing professionally, and at age 15 he preformed with mentor and icon Dizzy Gillespie at the Monterrey Jazz Festival. A fierce advocate of formal jazz education, Gilbert held the position of Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music from 2001 to 2013. Thereafter, he served as the Artistic Director of the International Academy of Jazz San Diego from 2014-2016, during which time he began conducting high school workshops and developing a more proactive role in mentorship. During his time visiting Title I schools, he recognized a need for increased accessibility to formal education, noting that many truly gifted students were deprived the opportunities to further their education due to monetary constraints. Thusly, in 2016 Castellanos founded the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory based in San Diego, California. Using his influence in a burgeoning Jazz community, one he is credited in large with establishing, Gilbert began successfully soliciting donations for and supporting thousands of dollars of scholarship to finance Conservatory Education Equity for economically disadvantaged students of promise. To date, the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory has graduated hundreds of bright musicians of diverse backgrounds with Gilbert serving as personal mentor and advocate for each, often writing college recommendation letters and offering every one of his students "real world" experience each Wednesday evening at ensemble performances 

GASLAMP QUARTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA

GASLAMP QUARTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Fri, Jun 28

*SHOW ONLY | 21+ | NO DINNER SERVICE* “Under the direction of Isaac Pastrana, the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra is Southern California’s premier 18 piece jazz ensemble. Swinging to sold out crowds for over 8 years, the GQJO has developed an exciting and refined approach to classic and modern repertoire. The Gaslamp Orchestra brings together an impressive and diverse lineup of the area’s top musicians, and has featured artists such as Gilbert Castellanos, Eric Reed, Melissa Morgan, and Francisco Torres. Inspired by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the GQJO pays homage to traditional big band music while also presenting contemporary compositions and arrangements, often written by members of the band. Make reservations early to join the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra at Lou Lou’s for a night of swing and contemporary classics by Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, John Clayton, and more. 

ROBERT DOVE QUINTET

ROBERT DOVE QUINTET

Sat, Jun 29

LIMITED TABLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE | COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ “As a soloist, he’s in a word, formidable.” Robert Bush proclaims, a freelance jazz writer of the San Diego Reader, NBC San Diego, and All About Jazz. Born in Columbus Ohio, Robert Dove earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from UNC-Greensboro’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program. Upon finishing his degree, Robert moved to San Diego in 2013, where he began his professional career. Dove has had the opportunity to perform at a multitude of venues and events spanning the United States, Canada, Central America, and Europe. He has performed and recorded alongside John Ellis, Marcus Roberts, Lee Konitz, Wessel “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Jason Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Peter Bernstein, Jim Rupp, Bobby Floyd, Byron Stripling, Gene Walker, and other prominent musicians. He is well versed in all aspects of jazz, and uses this facility to arrange, compose, perform, and educate with multiple groups throughout Southern California. Robert currently leads his own group, the Robert Dove Quartet, featuring his debut album “Paradigm Shift” featuring Gilbert Castellanos and Marshall Hawkins, which highlights the influences of jazz royalty, but with a more modern approach. In addition to this, Robert has performed nationally as a sideman with The Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, the George Delancey Sextet, and many more." 

A'ROSE

A'ROSE

Sun, Jun 30

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ Meet A’Rose, the singer/songwriter with roots in Tennessee, offering audiences a unique soulful blend of genres and a touch of nostalgia. Backed by a stellar band, her music channels a timeless allure, resonating with the hopeless romantic while infusing a modern edge. 

WHITNEY SHAY & JUICEBOX

WHITNEY SHAY & JUICEBOX

Fri, Jul 05

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ WHITNEY SHAY - 10PM Whether in studio, on screen, or stage, Whitney Shay’s electric energy, soulful style, and powerhouse pipes keep listeners connected and coming back for more. In her hometown of San Diego Whitney Shay has been honored to win 5 San Diego Music Awards (including “Artist of The Year”), and a San Diego CityBeat Magazine "Best Of" Award. Abroad Shay has toured extensively throughout Europe and South America, and was nominated for a national Blues Music Award in 2019. In 2020 Shay’s album Stand Up! debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues charts. Shay has received high praise from music critics calling the singer “a future blues icon” (Blues Matters!), “one of the next best things in soul music” (Blues and Rhythm Magazine), and “the epitome of a rising star” (Elmore Magazine). Shay’s tracks have been placed in TV/film, including shows on NBC, Fox, HBO, Bravo, BET, Hulu, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. JUICEBOX - 8PM Juice Box is a San Diego based project fronted by drummer/composer Matthew Smith. Smith had this to say about the group, "I bought a suitcase rhodes from craigslist and took one whole month and wrote one song per day, with no real project in mind. I then took what songs I felt had the most impact and formed the group." At it's core Juice Box is an instrumental group, yet on the B side of it's debut and self titled release it features a San Francisco based vocalist "Lewis Gallardo" singing his song, Heartbreak Reprise. With a wide variety of influences that span from Hendrix to Hancock this group is truly one that is pushing the funk, soul and jazz boundaries. Live shows highlight a steady pocket while exploring the depths of the group's collective improvisation. 

TONY ECONOM's "BULBANCHA" ft. MARA KAYE &

TONY ECONOM's "BULBANCHA" ft. MARA KAYE &

Sun, Jul 07

LIMITED TABLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE | COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ Featuring MARA KAYE & JODY BAGLEY Feel the pulse of New Orleans with Bulbancha Ya Ya. Groove to the rhythms of Congo Square, sway to the melodies of French Quarter jazz, and ignite your spirit with the blues of Bourbon Street. Join us in celebrating the life, love, and irresistible charm of the Crescent City. 

ZAK NAJOR & FRIENDS

ZAK NAJOR & FRIENDS

Wed, Jul 10

Zak, who has Grammy participation with Liquid Spirit and Gregory Porter, was a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, has made apperances on Blue Note albums and has recorded with artists such as Everlast, Gregory Porter & Karl Denson. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see music at one of its its highest levels! 

MACKENZIE LEIGHTON QUARTET

MACKENZIE LEIGHTON QUARTET

Thu, Jul 11

Mackenzie Leighton is a bassist and composer from San Diego, CA. He has performed with jazz legends such as Pat Metheny, Donald Brown, and Geoffrey Keezer, and works regularly with Southern California jazz heroes Peter Sprague, Gilbert Castellanos, and Kamau Kenyatta. He has two albums as a leader ‘I Remember’ and ‘MLTRIO”, and his compositions have been featured on recordings by San Diego State University and themattsmithneujazz trio. He is a lecturer at CSU San Marcos where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and is studio faculty at a number of colleges in the San Diego and Orange county area. He holds a Masters in Music from San Diego State University. 

EUPHORIA BRASS BAND

EUPHORIA BRASS BAND

Fri, Jul 12

Euphoria Brass Band is an exciting and unique San Diego based musical collective that serves up a contemporary mix of old school New Orleans traditional brass band jazz, funky street beats and new school edginess! Embracing the exciting spirit of jazz improvisation with hard edge funk, the critically acclaimed and award winning Euphoria Brass Band has become known for their incendiary high-energy shows. Since their inception in 2011, Euphoria Brass Band always leaves ‘em wanting more! 

JB SAXX

JB SAXX

Sun, Jul 14

LIMITED TABLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE | COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ Jason Brown sings, plays the sax, guitar, keyboard. JB relishes performing in every way. The saxophone is obviously his first love and he squeezes every last drop of emotion from every song as he plays. Singer/Songwriter/Saxophonist aka Mr. Sing & Play "JB has many influences such as Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Blues. His music has a message and story that starts with his father passing away at 13 years old. Feeling the sadness of losing his father, he put his energy towards music. His mother bought him a saxophone and the rest is history. JB began performing at church events and his audience was so overwhelmed with his music that they told his mother to put JB in the studio. At 16 JB recorded his first project called "Jason's Beginning". JB has Performed with Kirk Whalum, Earl Thomas, Tonex, and has opened for John Legend, Macy Gray, Gerald Albright, Everette Harp, Pamela Williams, and Paul Taylor just to name a few. " I understand how it feels to be a kid with a dream of wanting to do something great, my dream is to inspire other kids, musicians to go after their dreams. When I perform, I am in my comfort zone and I always connect with my audience." -Jason Brown 

ALEX CIAVARELLI TRIO

ALEX CIAVARELLI TRIO

Thu, Jul 18

COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ The Alex Ciavarelli Trio, also known as The Rhythm Sexion, is an All-Star jazz trio based in San Diego, California, comprised of 3 of the hardest working session musicians in town. Their repertoire ranges from the birth of jazz to the current cutting edge and everything in between. Their dedication to the art-form is unmatched and their individual virtuosity comes together seamlessly to create an incredible listening experience for fans of all types of music. No shtick. No funny hats. Great American Jazz! 

MESTIZO BEAT

MESTIZO BEAT

Fri, Jul 19

The West Coast Latin Funk Ensemble, Mestizo Beat, coming out of Los Angeles, CA is an instrumental group that blends the sounds of 60’s-70’s Funk & Soul, Latin Jazz, Afrobeat, Psychedelic Rock and Hip-Hop. The band’s music carries a certain sense of nostalgia, using their creativity to fuse the old with the new, constantly paying homage to the greats who came before. Mestizo Beat was formed in late 2016 in Topanga, CA by The Magaña Brothers, Aquiles (Guitar) and Agustin (Drums). After years of developing the sound through gigging and recording with different players in the Los Angeles area the group truly found their sound by adding key players Jose Castro (Bass) Pedro Flores (Percussion) and Jesse Audelo (Saxophone/Flute). Over the years the band has grown with members rounding out to an eight-piece band and has now become a national touring act while producing a music catalogue with the help of several independent labels such as Colemine Records, All Town Sound and F-Spot Records. The Mestizo Beat live experience displays an ecstatic delivery of rhythm and harmony at every live performance. With a mighty brass section that reminds us of Kool & the Gang or Fred Wesley’s J.B.’s to blazing guitar solos reminiscent of Hendrix and Santana, filled out with soulful melodic organ solos and ground shaking bass lines, all which ride on the foundation of flavorful Latin rhythms and rock-solid drum grooves. Their passion for this music is a force that cannot be denied, igniting the dance floor into an electric frenzy, leaving your soul with the vibration of love. It is their legacy to share their appreciation for this music with the world, to spread the message of unity and equality while embracing the beauty of diversity and cultural differences 

THE LAO TIZER BAND w/ ELLIOTT YAMIN

THE LAO TIZER BAND w/ ELLIOTT YAMIN

Sat, Jul 20

*GENERAL ADMISSION | 21+ | ALL SEATING IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED | NO DINNER SERVICE* “Jazz Group of the Year” nominee, The Lao Tizer Band, make their debut appearance at Lou Lou’s Club @ The Lafayette Hotel on Saturday, July 20 in support of their forthcoming August 2024 album & video release AMPLIFY. The new release is a major evolution for the group and includes 5 new original vocals and 4 new original instrumentals, with an all-star cast. The project was recorded and filmed all LIVE at legendary EastWest Studios in Hollywood with simultaneous 7-camera video shoot and a legendary cast of musicians. Joining keyboardist, bandleader and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Lao Tizer for the show are American Idol star, Elliott Yamin - vocals, drum phenom, Tony Austin (Kamasi Washington), Grammy-winning percussion legend, Munyungo Jackson (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder), sax & flute wunderkind, Danny Janklow (MONKestra, Shelea), and Rolling Stone “2022 Bassist of the Year” nominee, Anthony Crawford (Jeff Lorber, Erykah Badu). Please join us as the group takes you on a high-energy musical ride through a variety of flavors and styles with an all-star cast of musicians. 

NAI PALM

NAI PALM

Thu, Jul 25

Nai Palm is the lead singer and chief songwriter of Melbourne based 4-piece independent future soul group Hiatus Kaiyote. Her unique yet familiar timbre voice are influenced by Björk, Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill , Oumou Sangare, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson (the harmonic chords he produces) 

RICKY G's VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

RICKY G's VINTAGE BOUTIQUE

Fri, Jul 26

Ricky G’s Vintage Boutique is a one of a kind live concert event where vintage fashion and music collide. An original experience that honors funk and soul music of the 60’s, while receiving some modern updates fit for today’s hippest audiences. Dress to Impress, Wear your Flyest Threads with Finesse, and be Ready to Boogie with the Best, at San Diego’s hippest get down, Ricky G’s Vintage Boutique @rickyg_______ .... A New York transplant, Ricky G came up playing guitar with San Diego based funk groups (Surefire Soul Ensemble, B*Side Players) before ultimately landing with legendary saxophonist and hometown hero Karl Denson of The Rolling Stones. Fresh off a JazzFest run in New Orleans with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Ricky returned to San Diego with the inspiration to start a series of curated concert experiences. He’s had the opportunity to perform with a number of legendary funk and rock artists through his career, including, Robert Randolph, Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr. (The Meters/Dr. John) Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones/Allman Brothers/George Harrison/Eric Clapton/John Mayer), Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones/Herbie Hancock), Daniel Ponder, and Adam Deitch (Lettuce/John Scofield) to name a few. I’ve also worked closely with Grammy Award Winning Producer Kamau Kenyatta (Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit/Take Me to the Alley). Ricky approaches every artistic situation with reverence and respect for those who’ve laid the path before him, and for this reason he’s become one of San Diego most beloved musicians in the live concert circuit. @rickyg_______ Kevin Lum is a recent San Diego resident, who played keyboards with legendary ska outfit, The English Beat, for 10 years. Since moving to SD, he’s also played with local groups including Shakedown String Band, and has proved to be an integral piece of all of Ricky G’s concerts in San Diego. David Carano is a San Diego Native, who has played in many legendary local groups on bass and guitar. He’s one of SD most gifted and loved artists. Steve Haney leads an internationally known latin funk band called Jungle Fire. He’s a multi talented visual artist and percussionist, and adds a world music flavor to all that he is a part of. 

CHARLES McPHERSON ~ An 85th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

CHARLES McPHERSON ~ An 85th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Sat, Jul 27

*SHOW ONLY | 21+ | NO DINNER SERVICE* “No jazz musician of the past 60 years has more palpably channeled the sound of Charlie Parker than alto saxophonist Charles McPherson.” – Jazziz Alto saxophonist and bebop legend Charles McPherson celebrates his 85th birthday, with his quintet featuring trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, pianist Randy Porter, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drummer Tyler Kruetel. One of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in jazz, McPherson’s rich musical style is rooted in the blues and bebop and has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners for over six decades. He has performed at concerts and festivals around the world with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Nat Adderley, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. In a recent review, Downbeat states, “As a still-vibrant jazz veteran with ties to innovators like Charles Mingus and Lionel Hampton, McPherson’s writing carries on the traditional weight of bebop and swing, buoyed with an inventive, contemporary spark.” Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Detroit at age nine. After growing up in Detroit, he studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer, and George Coleman. Mr. McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own variety of groups, consisting of quartets, quintets to full orchestras. Charles was featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions 15 years ago, and once again joined Wynton Marsalis and J@LC Orchestra in April, 2019 honoring his 80th Birthday where they arranged and performed 7 of Charles’ iconic original compositions. Charles has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others. McPherson has recorded as a guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as a leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, Arabesque, Capri, Smoke Sessions and several smaller labels in Europe and Japan. Charles was the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film “Bird,” a biopic about Charlie Parker. Charles has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Don Redman Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from California State University San Marcos. Widely recognized as a prolific composer, Charles is now Resident Composer for the San Ballet where he has written three original suites plus two arrangements for chamber music and jazz combos. His most recent albums, Jazz Dance Suites and Reverence, have both been highly acclaimed. Jazz Dance Suites is a compilation of two of multiple movement suites, “Sweet Synergy Suite” and “Song of Songs”, plus a movement from a string chamber work, “Reflection, Turmoil & Hope.” Many critics, including DownBeat Magazine, recognized JAZZ DANCE SUITES as one of the best Jazz Recordings of the year. It’s also won the honor of TWO Reader’s Polls – both DownBeat and JAZZTIMES as #1 & #4 Jazz Album of the year, plus Charles was named Artist of the Yeai. Read all the reviews here. Charles was most touched by his peer’s comments. Bobby Watson said, “A masterpiece.” John Beasley and Don Sickler both said, “I had no idea you are such a great writer.” Reverence, just released on Smoke Sessions Records, has thus far received glowing reviews. Soon Dr. Donnie Norton will compile the entire book of Charles’ compositions for publication. During the pandemic, Charles was as busy as ever online all over the world – from the esteemed Global Music Foundation, Detroit Symphony programs, many jazz festivals, and a new recording coming up from Germany where he is a soloist, several artists in residence programs from MSU to ASU. McPherson remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. Throughout his six decades of being an integral performer of the music, Charles has not merely remained true to his Be Bop origins, but has expanded on them. Stanley Crouch says in his New York Times article on Charles, “he is a singular voice who has never sacrificed the fluidity of his melody making and is held in high esteem by musicians both long seasoned and young.” Wynton Marsalis, a longtime admirer says: “Charles is the very definition of excellence in our music. He’s the definitive master on this instrument. He plays with exceptional harmonic accuracy and sophistication. He performs free-flowing, melodic and thematically developed solos with unbelievable fire and an unparalleled depth of soul.” Charles is a frequent guest at universities all over the world and also teaches privately. Many of his former students have gone on to have careers of their own in jazz, and have earned National Jazz Student Awards. Charles had the honor of being the subject of then PhD candidate Dr. Donnie Norton’s Doctoral Dissertation: “The Jazz Saxophone Style of Charles McPherson: An Analysis through Biographical Examination and Solo Transcription.” For more info, visit: CharlesMcPherson.com 

JOHN REYNOLDS QUINTET

JOHN REYNOLDS QUINTET

Sun, Jul 28

John Reynolds is an in-demand trumpeter, educator, and clinician. He holds a D.M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, as well as degrees from San Diego State University (SDSU) and Point Loma Nazarene University. John has performed with Jazz legends including John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Rickey Woodard, Graham Dechter, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, George Cables, Frank Mantooth, Gilbert Castellanos, Marshall Hawkins, and many others. The pSoCal Jazz Society recognized Dr. Reynolds as the “Jazz Educator of the Year,” and SDSU awarded him “Outstanding Alumnus of the Year." Dr. Reynolds is a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center, where he serves as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator for regional Essentially Ellington festivals across the country. 

CREEPXOTICA

CREEPXOTICA

Sat, Aug 03

Creepxotica is the premier Haunted Bossa Nova and Exotica band from San Diego, California. Whether you see them poolside or over drinks at the Bali Hai, you will be mesmerized by their intoxicating sound. 

JONATHAN KARRANT

JONATHAN KARRANT

Fri, Aug 09

Jonathan Karrant's album, “On and On” hit #4 on the Billboard Jazz charts and his album Live hit #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. He has received honors throughout the states including; the New York City Cabaret Jazz Honors, “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards and was named one of the top 10 rising vocalists by Downbeat. With a repertoire that spans classics of the Great American Songbook and contemporary interpretations, Karrant brings a modern elegance to the timeless genre of jazz. “A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Jonathan carries songs with an emotional weight that reaches your soul. At the same time he can swing with the kind of jazz suave that was patented by Mel Torme.” - Jazz Corner 

ZAK NAJOR & FRIENDS

ZAK NAJOR & FRIENDS

Wed, Aug 14

Zak, who has Grammy participation with Liquid Spirit and Gregory Porter, was a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, has made apperances on Blue Note albums and has recorded with artists such as Everlast, Gregory Porter & Karl Denson. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see music at one of its its highest levels! 

VALENTINE BYRNE + TEN BULLS

VALENTINE BYRNE + TEN BULLS

Fri, Aug 16

LIMITED TABLES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE | COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY | NO RESERVATION REQUIRED | SEATING ON A FIRST-ARRIVAL BASIS | NO DINNER SERVICE | 21+ Valentine Byrne - 10PM: Valentine Byrne is a producer, performer, ghostwriter, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. Her unique live set features the use of her Boss RC-505 looping pedal to create live vocal harmonies, languid beatbreaks and layered analog synths. Ten Bulls - 8pm: Hailing from San Diego, California and comprised of Christian Clark on vocals/guitar, Jay Sanchioli on bass, Chaz Lamden on drums, and Valentine Byrne on keyboards/vocals, the group produces a sound that is both unique and accessible; blurring the lines between past, present, and future. Ten Bulls manages to mesh driving, polyrhythmic grooves, anomalous time signatures, and prog adjacent song structures - all sprinkled with pop melody. 

THE SECRET AGENTS

THE SECRET AGENTS

Fri, Oct 04

The Secret Agents flawlessly capture the sound of 1960s Jazz, Cinema, Pop, Rock and R&B: the music that makes whatever you’re doing simply cooler. Suddenly, you’re flying First-Class on Pan-Am sipping dry martinis in a svelte three-button suit en route to Las Vegas where you’ll be dining with Steve McQueen at the Sands Hotel just before the Rat Pack show. That’s the level of cool we’re talking about here… The Secret Agents were formed in 2018 with one mission: to bring the sounds of the ’60s back into the mainstream by celebrating the music of Bobby Darin, Mel Tormé, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Johnny Rivers, Chet Baker, Matt Monro, Horace Silver, Georgie Fame & The Flames, The Buckinghams, Mickey & Sylvia, Del Shannon, The Association, and so many more! So put on that dinner jacket, pour yourself a drink, and let’s twist again like we did so very long ago. 

CASBAH PRESENTS:  DAMIEN JURADO

CASBAH PRESENTS: DAMIEN JURADO

Mon, Oct 07

*GENERAL ADMISSION | ALL SEATING IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED | NO DINNER SERVICE* “Play on, there’s no such thing as better days,” Damien Jurado sings on “Roger,” the sweeping wash of a song that opens Reggae Film Star, his 18th full length album and second release from Jurado’s own Maraqopa Records label. But as he enters his 25th year as a recording artist, it’s clear these are, at the least, very good days for Jurado on the creative front. In these 12 songs, which evoke half-recalled dreams and overheard conversations, the cosmic rushes headlong into the autobiographical and specific moments on the clock fade from past to future to scenes set only in the eternal now. Playing out like a backlot documentary filmed on the location of an unnamed TV or film set—maybe a sitcom taping, or perhaps it’s a low budget science fiction B-movie, or could it be a talk show?—the album is populated by performers awaiting call times, camera operators praying for their shot, and studio audiences rapt with anticipation. The stars here eschew glitz and glamor. Instead, they wander grocery stores and parking lots in the verdant Pacific Northwest and the desert Southwest, looking for payphones and a sense of purpose. Produced by Jurado with multi-instrumentalist Josh Gordon and recording engineer Alex Bush at Sonikwire studio in Irvine,CA, Jurado’s home away from home and musical headquarters, the record’s compositions are among the most musically rich in his vast discography, encompassing romantic AM gold, ‘60s psychedelia, driving rock & roll, Latin shuffles, and left of the dial ambiance. Strings swell, melodic bass bubbles, and piano sparkles, undergirding Jurado’s unmistakable voice, at once intimately present and ghostly, grounded in the here and now but capable, at any moment, of drifting off into the divinatory. Following threads established by 2021’s The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, the album sees Jurado embracing his auteur era, penning vignettes that arrive with little fanfare and depart quicker than you might suspect, only to linger long after they wrap. Seeking a skeleton key to decipher the action is beside the point—Jurado’s songs are worlds meant to be lived in, not picked apart—but on the beatific single “What Happened To The Class Of ‘65?” the singer imagines himself as both the viewer and the viewed, the eye behind the camera and its subject. This emotional and spiritual transference animates Reggae Film Star. Like a masterful director, Jurado offers motivation to the listener, staring unblinkingly from the mise-en-scène in your mind. “Look into the camera,” he commands on “The Day Of The Robot,” “One more time with anger/And sadness/I believe you.” A quarter-century in, Jurado remains gripped by his visions and driven by an unmatched creative drive. Reggae Film Star is one of Damien Jurado’s finest works to date, a stunning new feature from one of indie rock’s most cinematic figures. Here on this sound stage, you are the camera, you are the scene, you are the setting, and you are the viewer. Please try not to blink. -Jason P. Woodbury