Thelonious Monk tribute at 98 Bottles

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego December 17-21

Thelonious Monk
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Wednesday 17
Now Time with Michael Oletta on bass, Reka Parker on piano, Jim Weiss on alto saxophone and Bob Daniels on drums settle in at Rebecca’s (3015 Juniper Street) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free! Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos presents the Young Lions Series featuring Chans Valdez at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) at 7:00 p.m. for a $5 cover – then he’s off to lead the Latin jam session at Seven Grand (3054 University Avenue) with Rob Thorsen, Irving Flores and Ryan Shaw.

Thursday 18
Get your holiday dancing on with the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra at the Stone Ridge Country Club (17166 StoneRidge Country Club Lane) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free!

Friday 19
Gilbert Castellanos performs with guitarist Jaime Valle and bassist Rob Thorsen at the intimate Westgate Hotel Plaza Bar (1055 Second Avenue) from 8:00 p.m. no cover charge, but there is a $20 food/drink minimum … Besos de Coco with Lorraine Castellanos, Evona Wascinski, and Claudia Gomez are down at Croce’s Park West from 6:00 p.m. for a $5 cover … the Sam Johnson Jazz Group with Johnson on bass, Joya Kezas on saxophone and Alan Worthington on guitar play Cosmos Coffee (8278 La Mesa Boulevard) from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free! … the Zinchiladas featuring Alex Lopez, Barry Jacquess, Melanie Jacquess, John Cunningham, and Alberto Diaz perform at D’Lish Bistro (386 H Street) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. no cover charge, lots of parking.

Saturday 20
Gilbert Castellanos presents A Tribute to Thelonious Monk featuring Joshua White, Kevin Kanner, Dean Hulett, and special guest musicians at 98 Bottles (2400 Kettner Boulevard) at 8:00 p.m. $25 at the door … come see A Soul Jazz Christmas Concert with the Jazzmikan trio +3 Mikan Zlatkovich, Antar Martin, Russell Bizzett, Arnessa Rickett, Jamie Shadowlight, and Carmelia Toot Bell at Dizzy’s $15 cover … Besos de Coco play Bijou French Bistro (1205 Prospect Street) from 7:30 to 10:30 Free … the Curtis Taylor Quartet with Kamau Kenyatta, Michael Kennedy, and Richard Sellers set up at Prohibition (548 Fifth Avenue) from 9:30 Free … Trio Gadjo featuring Aaron Mann, Jeremy Eikam, and Jason Durbin play Claire de Lune (2906 University Avenue) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. it’s a donation fundraiser for the San Diego Tap & Jazz Dance Festival … the Tony Miceli Trio featuring Rob Thorsen perform at Northern Spirits (727 W. San Marcos Boulevard) from 7:30, $5 cover.

Sunday 21
Trio Gadjo do A Christmas SpecTAPular at White Box Live Arts (2580 Truxton Road Studio 205) in Liberty Station at 7:00 p.m. $20 at the door.

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