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Special Events

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD

Enjoy A FREE Afternoon Concert, Every First & Third Friday of the Month!

12-1pm

Concerts in the Courtyard will feature local artists from all genres including jazz, opera, classical, world music and more. Concerts will take place in the courtyard, weather permitting. Otherwise the concert will take place in the Kiwanis Great Room.

 

Doors open at 11:45am. Earlier entry and seating is not available. Concerts begin at 12:00pm.

Seating is open and available on a first come first served basis. Reservations are not required.

Please no outside food. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

Please note, entrance to Concerts in the Courtyard is FREE to attend,
but donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.

 

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Fred Benedetti

Music from Spain and South America

An afternoon of Spanish classical pieces, traditional flamenco pieces and Bossa-novas, valses and tangos from South America.

Friday, June 21, 2024. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About Fred Benedetti

Fred Benedetti began studies of classical guitar at the age of 16 and by age 26 was one of 12 guitarists worldwide to perform in one of the last masterclasses of Maestro Andres Segovia. Fred has performed in the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico and locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, Luciano Pavarotti, and jazz artist Dave Brubeck. He is also very active playing and recording jazz and popular music and has been an opening act for Art Garfunkel, Michael Franks, Basia, and Ottmar Liebert and is featured on over 150 recordings. He is an emeritus professor of music at Grossmont College where he was the head of the guitar studies program for thirty-eight years. He has performed for dignitaries such as the King & Queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ravi Shankar.

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Ed Kornhauser

Old, New, and Blue

A variety of classic tunes, favorites reimagined, some original works, and (as should always be the case) a bit of the blues.

Friday, July 05, 2024. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About Ed Kornhauser

San Diego-based pianist Ed Kornhauser holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University. His debut album “The Short Years” was released in November, 2020, featuring a quartet and all original compositions. It won “Best Jazz Album” that year at the San Diego Music Awards. Ed has won “Best Jazz” at the SDMAs in 2022 and 2023. Ed also plays for The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio (stylized as themattsmithneujazztrio) along with drummer Matt Smith and bassist Mackenzie Leighton. He is featured on all three releases: “Shorthanded” (2013), “RETROgrade” (2016), and “I.Am.Calm” (2017), the last of which feature saxophonist Dayna Stephens and trumpeter Curtis Taylor. Both “RETROgrade” and “I.Am.Calm” were produced by Grammy award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta. Working as a freelance musician in the greater San Diego area, Ed can be found backing a variety of local musicians and playing a diverse selection of music. As an accompanist, he can be heard behind several vocalists including Leonard Patton and Whitney Shay.

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Donna Jones & Loren Fisk

It Takes Two: Summer Breezin

Donna Jones and Loren Fisk are It Takes Two, a vocal duo. They sing Jazz, R&B, Motown, and music from the 50’s to the 80’s and will dazzle you with your favorite hits.

Friday, July 19, 2024. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About Donna Jones

Donna is currently a vocalist with “It Takes Two”, The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, Joni and the Jeanies, and The Malt Shop Girls in San Diego. Donna and her singing partner, Loren Fisk, host the Saturday evening IT2 Karaoke at The Living Room La Jolla. Donna lived in New York most of her life. While in NY, Donna sang in a duo with her brother, Carmen Albanese. Donna sang in a duo with her cousin, Mary Ann Albanese on the local Jack LaLane Show. She was lead singer of a jazz band called “Jazzy”, sang in a local band “The Lost” and sang in two dance bands. “Without music, life would be a mistake”. Ed also plays for The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio (stylized as themattsmithneujazztrio) along with drummer Matt Smith and bassist Mackenzie Leighton. He is featured on all three releases: “Shorthanded” (2013), “RETROgrade” (2016), and “I.Am.Calm” (2017), the last of which feature saxophonist Dayna Stephens and trumpeter Curtis Taylor. Both “RETROgrade” and “I.Am.Calm” were produced by Grammy award-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta. Working as a freelance musician in the greater San Diego area, Ed can be found backing a variety of local musicians and playing a diverse selection of music. As an accompanist, he can be heard behind several vocalists including Leonard Patton and Whitney Shay.

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Nightshade Navarro and The Cloudmakers

The Roaring 20’s

The Cloudmakers is a spirited jazz band dedicated to the historical traditions of New Orleans’ musical heritage. Led by Nightshade Navarro, the band weaves together a tapestry of sounds reminiscent of the speakeasies of Harlem and the roaring parties of Nola. With a repertoire deeply rooted in the classic tunes of swing and early jazz, The Cloudmakers captures the soulful improvisation and infectious rhythms that define jazz in its earliest identity.

Friday, August 02, 2024. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About Nightshade Navarro

Nightshade Navarro serves as a distinguished band leader renowned for orchestrating some of the most vibrant jazz ensembles in San Diego. As an artist, Nightshade infuses every note with a deep reverence for history and culture, spanning from the roots of Traditional Black American music to the contemporary sounds of modern jazz. With a commitment to excellence, Nightshade and his bands pay homage to the pioneers of jazz while also forging pathways for future musical styles.

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Justin & Melonie Grinnell

Piano Bass Jazz Duets

Melonie & Justin Grinnell are a dynamic piano-bass duo and married couple. They've been playing music together since they met, over 20 years ago. They're often performing music in the jazz tradition, but even when they aren't, listeners can expect to hear music infused with their interactive, improvisatory, and energetic approach.

Friday, August 16, 2024. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About Justin & Melonie Grinnell

Melonie Grinnell is active as an educator and performer. She began studying piano at an early age and has since been recognized for her skills as a pianist, and her abilities as a vocalist, music educator, and musical director. Melonie received her Bachelors of Music degree in Music Education with jazz emphasis from the University of Miami and a Masters of Music performance degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University. Melonie has been a music educator at the collegiate level for 23 years and is an Assistant Professor at Grossmont College where she serves as a co-chair, the director of piano studies, and the vocal jazz ensemble. Additionally, Melonie is on the faculty for the Francis Parker/KSDS 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop where she teaches jazz piano and co-directs middle school to high school student ensembles. She is also active as an adjudicator for instrumental jazz festivals including the Coronado/COSA Jazz Festival and the KSDS Jazz 88/CMEA festival. Justin Grinnell is a San Diego-based freelance jazz bassist and music educator. In addition to performing, Justin maintains an active teaching schedule as adjunct faculty at University of San Diego and Grossmont College, and as faculty for the Francis Parker Annual Summer Jazz Workshop. He has also served as an adjudicator and clinician at local music festivals, such as the Coronado Jazz Festival and the San Diego Bass Fest. Justin received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Jazz Performance from San Diego State University while studying with bassists Gunnar Biggs and Bert Turetzky. Justin also achieved ABD (all but dissertation) status for a doctoral degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. Besides studying privately with Los Angeles' first-call jazz bassist, Darek Oles, Justin's enrollment at USC gave him the opportunity to study with internationally-recognized jazz artists Peter Erskine, Russ Ferrante, Bob Mintzer, and Alan Pasqua.

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Semisi Ma’U

“Bula” Music

Semisi Ma’U will be presenting original songs and arrangements, while weaving in stories of how he came to write these pieces and where they were inspired from.


Friday, September 06, 2024. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About Semisi Ma’U

Samisi Ma’u is a unique musical voice in the San Diego music scene. Originally from the small island nation of Tonga, he's developed his own musical style he calls “Bula” music, a fusion of his Tongan musical upbringing with classical, rock, blues, jazz, and whatever else he might come across. This original and powerful blend of music has attracted numerous musicians from different musical backgrounds to join his band “Semisi Ma’u and FulaBula” over the last 30 years, adding their own spirit to the eclectic style.

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Mikan Zlatkovich

Great American Songbook

Joining Mikan Zlatkovich, piano, is bassist, Benjamin Wanicur. The duo will perform your favorite hits from Broadway and the Great American Songbook including songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Victor Young, Harry Warren and more.


Friday, September 20, 2024. 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

About Mikan Zlatkovich

Mikan presents a broad repertoire of songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz and blues standards, classic ballads, pop, rhythm & blues, funk, Bossa Nova and Samba classics. Apart from his notable work as a live performer, Mikan is also a score writer and a studio musician, embracing with ease and vigour a wide range of musical genres.

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