15 High School Bands To Compete At Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition And Festival

15 high school bands across the U.S.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s prestigious Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. Held each May, the competition and festival is the culmination of the yearlong Essentially Ellington program, which distributes free music and supplemental resources to high school and college jazz ensembles throughout the U.S., Canada, and American schools abroad. On May 7, fifteen […]

Farrell Jazz Summer Series Starts June 4

Quebec-based Marianne Trudel Trifolia trio

LA JOLLA–The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues with their annual summer series starting June 4. Farrell Family Jazz at the Athenaeum features an international piano series by four acclaimed jazz artists from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Cuba. All concerts will be held in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Room of the Athenaeum Music and […]

UC San Diego Composer Shortlisted For Pulitzer Prize In Music

Lei Liang talks about writing music and taking cues from the high-resolution and multi-spectral imagery of Huang Binhong's landscapes. Photo by Alex Matthews/Qualcomm Institute

LA JOLLA–Xiaoxiang refers to the region in China’s Hunan Province where the rivers Xiao and Xiang intersect. It is also the title of a concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra composed by UC San Diego music professor and Qualcomm Institute composer in residence Lei Liang. The work was one of three finalists for the 2015 […]

San Diego Youth Symphony And Conservatory Launch 70th Anniversary With Tour

SDYS Music Director Jeff Edmons

SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) launches its 70th anniversary season with a June 18 celebratory concert in Plaza de Panama at Balboa Park. The 7:30 p.m. creates an opportunity for San Diegans to show support for the tour’s message of goodwill and camaraderie as the orchestra leaves for its China Tour, […]

Organ Festival Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ

Captivating, free concerts under the stars at the Centennial Summer International Organ Festival in San Diego draw huge crowds of music lovers to Balboa Park every summer. Photo: Robert Lang

SAN DIEGO–The Spreckels Organ Society and San Diego Civic Organist Carol Williams will present the Centennial International Summer Organ Festival, an inspiring series of 11 concerts performed by world-class organists, demonstrating the fresh sound of the Spreckels Organ, even after 100 years of ongoing play. The festival runs each Monday evening, June 22 through August […]

Coastkeeper Celebrates 20 Years Of Service With Benefit Concert

SAN DIEGO–The 4th-annual Ocean Commotion Concert at Campland on the Bay kicks off this month with environmentally conscious bands performing for free to raise money and celebrate San Diego Coastkeeper’s 20 years of protecting and restoring fishable, swimmable, drinkable waters This year’s lineup includes American folk and blues artist Lee Koch; world-renowned reggae, roots and […]

Billie Holiday To Be Inducted On Philadelphia Music Walk Of Fame

The late Billie Holiday will be honored in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA–As a special birthday gift to the woman widely considered to be one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, The Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame is proud to welcome Billie Holiday as its newest inductee today on the 100th anniversary of her birth in the City of Brotherly Love. Billie Holiday, aka […]

Spandau Ballet Launch Their Tour In San Diego

Spandau Ballet

LOS ANGELES–Spandau Ballet has announced their first show in San Diego at Humphreys Concerts By the Bay on July 30. Spandau Ballet is currently on tour in Europe, and as previously announced the Soul Boys of the Western World Tour will return to North America at the end of April with some dates that were […]

Rolling Stones Brings ‘Zip Code’ Tour To Petco Park


  SAN DIEGO–Iconic band, The Rolling Stones will be bring their “Zip Code” 15-city tour to Petco Park on May 24. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood are expected to perform a few fan favorites such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Tumbling Dice” and many more. “We are excited to be […]

Lytle Scholarship Concert Honors ‘Harlem Hellfighters’


By Jade Griffin LA JOLLA–A group of valiant African American World War I soldiers—often referred to as the “Harlem Hellfighters”—brought with them to Europe one of America’s most enduring exports: jazz. The 19th annual Lytle Scholarship Concert at UC San Diego will take a trip through time and pay homage to those brave men with […]