Where
CALIFORNIA CENTER
FOR THE ARTS,
ESCONDIDO
When
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th
6:30–10:00
Admission

OPENING NIGHT OF THE FIRST ANNUAL SAN DIEGO TIJUANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL.

Join us as we celebrate our region’s binational jazz history; from Jelly Roll Morton’s 1920s roots in Tijuana to the origin of rock icon Carlos Santana, and so much more.


This year’s program channels a cultural legacy reaching back 100 years by bringing together international, national, and regional artists to perform at three unique venues.

The stellar lineup of
acclaimed artists features:
CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA BAND
Jazz fusion drum master—known from the bands of Carlos Santana and Lenny Kravitz—makes her long-overdue San Diego debut as the leader of her powerhouse quintet featuring Felix Pastorius (electric bass), Aurélien Budynek (electric guitar), Zaccai Curtis (keyboards), and Emilio Modeste (sax).
cindyblackmansantana.com
“A virtuoso drummer and… sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries… She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing.”
All About Jazz
MAGOS HERRERA “AIRE”
Acclaimed Mexico City vocalist Magos Herrera and her NYC-based quartet—Vinicius Gomes (guitar), Matt Penman (bass), Alex Kautz (drums)—are joined by San Diego’s Hausmann String Quartet in a soaring celebration of Latin classics and originals.
magosherrera.com
“Herrera gets way under the skin of the song, recalling great communicators like Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday… She’s stretching the very notion of jazz singing into a sound that’s bold, thrilling and effortlessly global.”
‍NPR
GILBERT CASTELLANOS SEXTET
San Diego Jazz Hero trumpeter leads a high-energy set of Latin and mainstream jazz classics with an all-star ensemble featuring Gerald Clayton (piano), Karl Denson (sax), Luca Alemanno (bass), Ignacio Berroa (drums), and Charlie Chavez (congas).
jazzgctrumpet.com
“Castellanos soars while imbuing each note with deep, deep feeling… Few musicians have done as much to boost the San Diego jazz scene.”
‍San Diego Union-Tribune
GERALD CLAYTON
One of this generation’s acknowledged jazz piano greats presents the premiere of his own special tribute to original jazz composer, Jelly Roll Morton.
geraldclayton.com
“One of the most accomplished, distinctive and innovative pianists performing today… His solo work is characterized by his imaginative curiosity and harmonic mastery.”
‍Don Was, President, Blue Note Records

BE A PART OF JAZZ HISTORY.
JOIN US FOR THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME INAUGURAL EVENT.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO TIJUANA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL  
A three-day event running from October 4–6, 2024, the festival features performances in Escondido, Tijuana, and San Diego.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO
A state-of-the-art venue renowned for its acoustics, the California Center for the Arts Concert Hall hosts an array of captivating performances that enchant audiences from all walks of life.