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Registration Is Now Open For The 2024-25 Season

Gilbert Castellanos

Gilbert Castellanos

Founder and Artistic Director

“Raising up the next generation of jazz is really where my passion and heart and soul is. When I was starting out, someone gave me a chance to get on stage and took the time to invest some of their knowledge and experience in me. It’s a big part of my success today, and I’m grateful. Today, I’m giving back, and watching these young adults blossom into amazing musicians is an honor and a gift!”

– Gilbert C. Castellanos

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesdays at Panama 66
    Wednesdays at Panama 66
    Wed, Jul 17
    Panama 66
    Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM
    Panama 66, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Jul 17, 2024, 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM
    Panama 66, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos 7:00 PM every Wednesday at Panama 66 in Balboa Park
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  • Wednesdays at Panama 66
    Wednesdays at Panama 66
    Wed, Jul 24
    Panama 66
    Jul 24, 2024, 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM
    Panama 66, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Jul 24, 2024, 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM
    Panama 66, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Young Lions Series Presented By Gilbert Castellanos 7:00 PM every Wednesday at Panama 66 in Balboa Park
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  • NIGHT OF THE COOKERS ENSEMBLE - National Carousel Day
    NIGHT OF THE COOKERS ENSEMBLE - National Carousel Day
    Thu, Jul 25
    Balboa Park Carousel
    Jul 25, 2024, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Balboa Park Carousel, 1889 Zoo Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
    Jul 25, 2024, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Balboa Park Carousel, 1889 Zoo Pl, San Diego, CA 92101
    Celebrate National Carousel Day 🎠 at the Balboa Park Carousel with the NIGHT OF THE COOKERS ENSEMBLE!
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"I am extremely grateful to have learned a tremendous amount under the tutelage of Gilbert Castellanos and Rob Thorsen and everyone at YLJC.  Forming connections with musicians and peers that share the same passion for the music as I do has been great... I hope to stay involved in the program in the future."

Tiger Diep - Alto Saxophone

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