Nathan Hubbard's birthday bash

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego May 16-22

Nathan Hubbard conducting the Skeleton Key Orchestra
  • Nathan Hubbard conducting the Skeleton Key Orchestra
  • Image by Karen Hubbard

Monday 16
The Steph Johnson Trio with Rob Thorsen and Fernando Gomez play a noontime concert at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 1008 Wall Street. Free.

Tuesday 17
Jazz 88 presents Jazz Live with the Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Quartet featuring Rob Hardt at the Saville Theatre on the campus of SD City College at 14th & C Street. Free to jazz 88 members, $10 general admission.

Wednesday 18
Gilbert Castellanos begins the first of two gigs at Panama 66 (1450 El Prado) when he hosts the Young Lions Series at 6 p.m. before changing up to lead the jam session at 8:30. All ages, no cover, no minimum… The Ian Tordella Trio with Mack Leighton and Charles Weller play Seven Grand (3054 University Avenue) 21+, 9:30 p.m. No cover… The Jazz 88 Blues Jam goes down at Proud Mary’s Southern Bar & Grill (5500 Kearny Mesa Road) at 6:30 p.m. with host J. Otis Williams and bandleader Mark Augustin. All ages, free, and family friendly.

Thursday 19
The San Diego Arts Institute presents Gearheads featuring Jeff Kaiser at the SDAI Project Space at Horton Plaza (534 Horton Plaza) on the top floor next to Who’s Up barber shop. Free admission.

Friday 20
Lower Left with Mikan Zlatkovich, Justin Grinnell, and Barry Farrar play the Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel (950 Hotel Circle North) at 5:30 p.m. No cover, no minimum… Nathan Collins presents the Sextet with Eddie Stone, Jarren Heidelberg, R.C. Rossell, Ed Kornhauser, and Steven Robinson at Dizzy’s (4275 Mission Bay Drive) at 8 p.m. $15 at the door, $10 students.

Saturday 21
Nathan Hubbard celebrates his 40th birthday and CD-release of his massive Skeleton Key Orchestra (22 pieces at this writing) at Bread & Salt (1955 Julian Avenue) at 8 p.m. $10 cover… Gilbert Castellanos presents a Tribute to Lee Morgan with Graham Dechter, Joe Bagg, and Ryan Shaw at 98 Bottles (2400 Kettner Boulevard); two shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m… Joshua White and Jeff Kaiser play Dizzy’s at 8 p.m. $20 at the door.

Sunday 22
The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio with Ed Kornhauser and Antar Martin host the jam session at 98 Bottles from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 21+, no cover… The Steph Johnson Trio with Rob Thorsen and Fernando Gomez play an afternoon concert at Handcrafted (415 South Cedros Avenue) from noon to 3 p.m. before heading south as a duo to play the Turf Club (1116 25th Street) from 8 to 11 p.m. No cover.

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