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This Is Jazz!

Cultural Arts Office
Performing Arts
760-730-0329 fax

2955 Elmwood St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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. This Is Jazz! explores the styles, performers and current directions of the music that gave the world Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and other unforgettable players and voices.  

Our 2016 series brings on-air host and This is Jazz! curator Claudia Russell from San Diego’s award-winning radio station KSDS Jazz 88.3, 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.  

2016 Schedule

When: Saturdays 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: Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Avenue (temporary location during City Library renovation)

Cost: Free



Feb. 13

“The Saucy Side of Jazz” with guitarist Robin Henkel and vocalist Whitney Shay

March 12 “Dance is Music” with Besos de Coco in celebration of Women’s History Month
April 16
“Why Miles?” with drummer Barry Farrar and the Jazz 88 All-Stars in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month
May 7                   
“Jazz in Service” featuring saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez celebrating the role of jazz in military bands and the role military bands have played in jazz history.