Saxophonist Melissa Aldana blows into La Jolla

The Monk competition winner makes her San Diego debut

Melissa Aldana
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Wednesday 18
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street) continues their concert series with the Melissa Aldana Crash Trio featuring Aldana on tenor saxophone, Pablo Menares on bass, and Francisco Mela on drums. Aldana won the Thelonious Monk competition and the concert is nearly sold out. Tickets are $26 general admission, $21 Athenaeum members, and it starts at 7:30 p.m.… The Young Lions Series at Croce’s Park West (2760 Fifth Avenue) carries on with Evan McColm at 7:00 p.m. $5 cover… Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Jazz Jam Session at Seven Grand (3054 University Avenue) with pianist Joshua White, bassist Rob Thorsen, and drums TBA. 9:00 p.m., 21+, no cover, musicians bring your instruments.

Thursday 19
The Ian Tordella Group featuring Joey Carano on guitar, Lee Pardini on keyboards, and Kevin Higuchi on drums is playing the Jazz 88 Happy Hour at the Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Boulevard) from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. 21+, $5 cover… The Reka Parker Trio with Jeff Blanco on bass and Bob Daniels on drums is hitting Northern Spirits (727 West San Marcos Boulevard) from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. $5 cover.

Friday 20
Vocalist Whitney Shay is rocking a Tribute to Little Richard with Robin Henkel on guitar, Ed Kornhauser on piano, Caleb Furgatch on bass, Toby Ahrens on drums, and David Castel de Oro and Troy Jenkins on saxophones at 98 Bottles (2400 Kettner Boulevard), two shows (7:30 & 9:30 p.m.). $15 at the door… L.A. saxophonist Charles Owens comes to Dizzy’s (4275 Misssion Bay Drive) and hooks up with Joshua White on piano, Marshall Hawkins on bass, and Brett Sanders on drums. 8:00 p.m. $15… Guitarist Jaime Valle leads a trio with bassist Gunnar Biggs and drummer Richard Sellers at Northern Spirits from 7:00 p.m. $5 cover.

Saturday 21
Get your Latin jazz on with Son Pa Ti, featuring Alex Lopez on guitar and saxophone, Mark Lopez on guitar, Juan Santana on bass, Alberto Diaz on vocals, and Johnny Salinas on timbales at Turquoise (873 Turquoise Street) from 9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. no cover… You can catch Gypsy Groove with Bianca Lara, Aaron Streate, Tim Griffin, and Jason Durbin at the Del Mar Fair (2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard) from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Free with fair admission.

Sunday 22
The Peter Sprague Group, with Leonard Patton and Rebecca Jade on vocals, Tripp Sprague on reeds, Gunnar Biggs on bass, and Duncan Moore on drums are performing at the Village Community Presbyterian Church (6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe) at 5:00 p.m. and it’s free!

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