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“This Is Jazz!” Series Swings Into Spring in Carlsbad

Carlsbad CA— The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office’s “This is Jazz!” series is in full swing, running monthly March through May. The programs are free to the public, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Carlsbad City Library complex, located  1775 Dove Lane. Free tickets are distributed at 3 p.m., and seating is first come, first served. The complete 2015 schedule can be found below.

“Music lovers of all ages walk away with a new appreciation for jazz after this experience,” said Vincent Kitch, the city’s cultural arts manager.

This year the city welcomes a new program partner, San Diego’s award-winning radio station KSDS Jazz 88.3. KSDS Program Director Claudia Russell is curating the 90-minute sessions covering an array of subjects on American jazz. The station’s on-air experts are hosting each presentation with San Diego musicians as their guests.

“This Is Jazz! is an interactive community experience,” Kitch said. “The audience has the opportunity to listen to, learn and talk about jazz with the region’s top jazz talents.”

March 14
Women’s History Month: Women in Jazz
Guest pianist Sue Palmer is a familiar name in Carlsbad thanks to her many appearances at TGIF Concerts in the Parks. A lifelong San Diegan, Palmer’s “boogie woogie” piano style has earned her many awards. Since joining KSDS in 1988, host Janine Harty has kept the spotlight on women in jazz and blues. She hosts “Blues Up Front” Saturdays at 12 a.m.

April 11
Jazz Appreciation Month: San Diego Legends and Young Lions – Passing the Drum from One Generation to the Next
Host Vince Outlaw documents the local jazz scene with an innate sense of curiosity about contemporary jazz that brings artists together. Join him on “The New Jazz Thing” Mondays at 6 p.m. The April 11 special guest will be the Joshua White Quartet.

May 9
Celebrating the Latin Connection in Jazz
A native of Colombia, master saxophonist and guest artist Justo Almario served as Mongo Santamaria’s musical director and has accomplished Grammy-winning works such as Linda Ronstadt’s “Frenesi.” Host Chris Springer loves the energy Latin jazz creates through improvisation and percussion rhythms. He hosts “Latin Grooves” on Saturdays at 12 p.m. on KSDS.

This Is Jazz! is a program of the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office and made possible by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.

For more information
Vincent Kitch, 760-434-2921, vincent.kitch@carlsbadca.gov