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This Is Jazz!

The Cultural Arts Office’s enormously popular four-part lecture/performance series covers an array of subjects on American jazz, with live demonstrations by musical guests and lively discussions between artists and audience. Our 2017 series brings on-air host from San Diego’s award-winning radio station KSDS Jazz 88.3 and This is Jazz! Curator Claudia Russell with Southern California’s finest musicians. These 90-minute sessions let audiences listen to jazz, learn about jazz and talk about jazz with savvy specialists and our region’s top talents.  

KSDS, San Diego's Jazz 88.3, blends new, upcoming artists with the great performers who have given jazz its identity. 

2017 Schedule

When: Saturday afternoons 4-5:30 p.m. (see schedule below). Entrance tickets are distributed at 3:15 p.m., doors open at 3:40 p.m.

Where: Dove Library Complex, Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Cost: Free



March 11

Piano Women in Jazz featuring Sue Palmer
Sue Palmer, San Diego's Queen of Boogie Woogie, is known for her swingin' style and blues grooves. As the leader of The Motel Swing Orchestra, she's been bringing people to the dance floor for decades. Sue is also dedicated to preserving the history of women in jazz and blues.

April 8

Vocalese and Jazz Singing featuring Leonard Patton
With a voice that transcends genre, Leonard Patton is one of the most sought-after vocalists in the area. His soulful interpretations and warm stage presence also make him an important teacher for young singers.



This is Jazz! is made possible by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.