The Coronado Public Library will present a series of jazz concerts every other Friday at 1 p.m. in the Winn Room throughout the summer, June 3 through August 26. The concerts, made possible with funding from Hotel del Coronado, will feature an array of unique jazz performers, some of whom have won Grammys and international music awards. All concerts are free and doors will open 15 minutes before each concert.
The series begins June 3 with the Rob Thorsen Quartet playing jazz and Latin jazz. Led by San Diego bassist, composer and educator Rob Thorsen, this concert will showcase the talents of this award-winning ensemble. Thorsen found his true calling with the double bass after playing guitar, flute, saxophone and tuba growing up. “When I started playing the double bass, the fact that I felt the sound as much as I heard it had a profound effect on me. I was addicted to life. The other members of the quartet are Alexander Anderson, Nick Caldwell, Gilbert Castellanos and Tyler Kreutel.
Anderson is a pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger. He tends to blend ’70s-influenced jazz and fusion with contemporary hip-hop and R&B. Saxophonist Nick Caldwell, just 16 years old, is the winner of several National Young Arts awards for tenor and alto saxophone. He recently performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and performed in New York with bassist Russell Hall. He has been a professional since the age of 11.
With nearly 100 recording and film credits, Guadalajara-born, San Diego-based musician Gilbert Castellanos has achieved international recognition as a leading jazz composer, curator, educator, arranger and trumpeter. Named one of the most innovative jazz trumpeters in DownBeat Magazine’s “25 for The Future”, Castellanos has spent more than 30 years traveling the world and recording both as a solo artist and with the names the most renowned in the industry – Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Horace Silver, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Oscar Hernandez, Les McCann, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Michael Buble, Natalie Cole and the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Drummer Tyler Kreutel graduated from the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts in 2012 and went on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree at CSU Long Beach. He performs regularly with Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White, Charles McPherson and Marshall Hawkins.