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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

  • Trombone Clinic with Carter Key
    Trombone Clinic with Carter Key
    Sat, Feb 24
    YLJC Liberty Station
    Feb 24, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    YLJC Liberty Station, 2590 Truxtun Rd Ste. 102 Building 176, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
    Feb 24, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    YLJC Liberty Station, 2590 Truxtun Rd Ste. 102 Building 176, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
    Kakos Clinics & Materclasses is a TUITION-FREE program for current YLJC students. Thank you to Charles and Gina Kakos for the generous sponsorship!
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  • SIDEWINDER ENSEMBLE
    SIDEWINDER ENSEMBLE
    Wed, Feb 28
    Panama 66
    Feb 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 7:50 PM
    Panama 66, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
    Feb 28, 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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  • Women In Jazz Celebration!
    Women In Jazz Celebration!
    Sat, Mar 02
    YLJC Liberty Station
    Mar 02, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    YLJC Liberty Station, 2590 Truxtun Rd Ste. 102 Building 176, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
    Mar 02, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    YLJC Liberty Station, 2590 Truxtun Rd Ste. 102 Building 176, San Diego, CA 92106, USA
    Kakos Clinics & Materclasses is a TUITION-FREE program for current YLJC students. Thank you to Charles and Gina Kakos for the generous sponsorship!
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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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