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Monday, Jan 5
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
FREE

Have a song or story to share? Blabbermouth is a monthly event held at The Loft, giving writers of prose, poetry, and fiction, as well as musicians and performers a place to share their art.

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Tuesday, Jan 6
7pm
FREE

Join us as we break out the board games and make room for a good old-fashioned night of fun. To add to the fun, we also provide you with discounts on top-notch brews and delicious flatbreads. This time around, GSA (Grad Student Association) will be hosting the event! Board and Brew, as always, is open to everyone. Bring your game and bring friends - we'll provide the rest (board game options provided).

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Wednesday, Jan 7
8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Hailed by JazzTimes’ 2013 critic poll as the “Best Jazz Guitarist”, guitar prodigy Julian Lage is a brilliant creative force to be reckoned with. The subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight, He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton. With his first recording, Sounding Point, Lage arrived at a unique approach to composition and ensemble craft, and earned him his 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Whether he is playing an electric or an acoustic guitar, Lage returns to ArtPower! with his signature purity of tone and consistency of attack to everything in his repertoire.

Quote: "The best music you make is relevant to the culture you are in, the timeframe you are in. I want to keep it as relevant as possible." – JULIAN LAGE

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12

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Thursday, Jan 8
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
FREE general

In spring of 2002, Bobby Koga, Reid Matsuoka and several other students came together to start a taiko group at the University of California, San Diego. With financial support from the university, the fledgling group purchased various equipment in order to construct the Japanese drums in garages of devoted members. In spring of 2004, Asayake Taiko at UCSD debuted with their completed drums at the 3rd Annual Nikkei Student Union Culture Show.

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Tuesday, Jan 13
Doors 6pm / Show 6pm
FREE

Hosted by local comedian, Dallas McLaughlin, the night is sure to be full of interesting questions and funny surprises! See you there!

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Wednesday, Jan 14
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Trend Magazine is a leading campus fashion organization, and they are bringing their Fall/Winter 2015 issue with a launch party at The Loft. Join us for a TREND-y fashion show where you can grab your own copy and enjoy yummy bites and drinks from Zanzibar. DVC performs!

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Thursday, Jan 15
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general / $20.00 reserved

Chris Minh Doky and The Nomads featuring Dave Weckl (drums), Dean Brown (guitar) and George Whitty (keys) w/ HM3 feat w/ special guests HM3 featuring Harley Magsino (bass), Joshua White (keys) and Charlie Weller (drums).

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Friday, Jan 16
8pm
$29.00 UCSD students / $34.00 general

Foovie
ArtTalks! with Director Alexa Karolinski

Oma & Bella provides an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two dynamic octogenarian friends who live together in Berlin. Survivors of the Holocaust who stayed in Germany after the war, it is through the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other, and answer questions of heritage, memory, and identity. Directed by Oma's granddaughter Alexa, the documentary captures their ongoing struggle to retain the past while remaining very much engaged in the present. “With a delicate grace and a warm sense of humor, it is one of the most touching portraits of an elderly couple―and of Holocaust survivors― ever seen on screen” (The Paris Review).
[Alexa Karolinski, 2012, Canada, 76 min]

Oberhausen Film: Wildnis (The Wild)
An exquisite meditation on the life of an elderly couple.
[Helena Wittmann, 2013, Germany, 12 min]

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Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls, Roasted Brisket served with Carrot and Potato Tzimmes, Cinnamon and Sugar Cheese Blintz. Vegetarian options available upon request. Drinks sold separately.

SPONSOR German Studies Program at UC San Diego

REGULAR >> $34 Food + Movie; $10 Movie Only
SUBSCRIBER >> $29 Food + Movie; $8 Movie Only
UCSD STUDENT >> $29 Food + Movie; $6 Movie Only

Foovies Series: Configurations of Contemporary Germany
ArtPower! and Zanzibar at the Loft are serving up a triptych of films co-curated by UCSD faculty member Margrit Frölich. This “portraiture” series explores contemporary German identity as it relates to concepts of home, economy, and history. As a special treat, each feature will be accompanied by a short film from the renowned Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

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Tuesday, Jan 20
Doors 6pm / Show 6pm
FREE

Join us for a fun and free Social Mixer presented by the Advance Professional Degree Consulting Club, UCSD.

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Wednesday, Jan 21
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE UCSD students

Come enjoy the most fashionable event of the season! Join Fashion Quarterly as they celebrate the launch of our their Fall/Winter '15 issue. Attendees can enjoy free appetizers provided by Zanzibar and live music from UCSD favorite -- Emael.

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Saturday, Jan 24
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Celebrate The Danny Green Trio, CD Release: After The Calm

Featuring:
Danny Green - piano
Justin Grinnell - bass
Julien Cantelm - drums

Plus special guests

San Diego native, Danny Green, has garnered a reputation in the jazz community as an emerging artist whose music sounds simultaneously seasoned and fresh, showcasing a brilliant blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin and classical elements. Green’s music engages listeners around the world with evocative melodies and infectious rhythms. According to JazzReview.com, “Danny Green is what evolution in jazz is all about, expressing the traits of those that came before him, with a style and panache that is all his own...an individual who expresses what is inside of him.”

The Danny Green Trio features the talents of upright and electric bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm. Since its formation in 2010, the trio has performed at notable venues, series, and festivals including KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, CSU Summer Arts Monterey, Anthology, The Loft @ UCSD, the Oceanside Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art’s Summer Residency Project, the Integrity Jazz festival in North Dakota, TEDxUCSD, and the KSDS Jazz 88.3 Ocean Beach Jazz Festival.

The trio formed the core band on Green’s highly acclaimed 2012 release, A Thousand Ways Home. Joined by world class jazz artists including Chico Pinheiro, Claudia Villela and Peter Sprague, the album received numerous rave reviews nationwide, rose to #17 on the Jazz Week Charts, and was voted into KSDS Jazz 88.3’s “Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2012.”

The Danny Green Trio released it’s latest recording, After The Calm, in November 2014 on OA2 Records. Featuring ten of Green’s compositions, the album received much praise. Midwest Record described the CD as “On the money throughout. If you don’t like this, you just don’t like piano trios. Nuff said.”

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Monday, Jan 26
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE

The ladies are back!!!! Bitchy Bingo has quickly become one of the most anticipated and attended events at The Loft, so youre going to want to come early! The infamous drag show is punctuated by games of bingo, which gives 3 lucky people a chance to win cool prizes. Come join us for an evening of fun, laughter, games and entertainment that is sure to make you LOL.

Doors: 8:00PM
Show: 8:30PM

FREE

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Tuesday, Jan 27
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

I, d. Sabela grimes aka Ovasoul7, Sun Ra's funky unbegotten elektro soul spawn, shall sonically illuminate the holographic shadows of future yesterdays. Voice, body, Ipad, micro-phone, poppin', waving, and gift spittin.’

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Friday, Jan 30
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE

If you missed Jhameel at Sun God 2014 don’t worry, ASCE is bringing him back! Jhameel creates explosively funky music comprised of soul-stirring guitar, immersive synthesizers, triumphant brass, and athletic, melodic vocals inspired equally by Prince and Michael Jackson.

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Saturday, Jan 31
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general / $20.00 reserved

Two Separate Shows: 7pm and 9pm

Post-bop alto saxophonist Charlie Arbelaez brings an all-star lineup to the Loft, UCSD, featuring San Diego jazz legend, Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet), Miles Davis band member Kei Akagi (piano), west coast meets east coast sensation, Danny Weller (bass), and world-renown jazz master, Willie Jones III (drums). Presented by The Loft, UCSD and 855SOULJAM.COM

Gilbert Castellanos:

Recognized as a new American master by Downbeat magazine, Gilbert Castellanos has established himself as one of the nation’s most inventive improvisers in stirring live performances as a member of the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Wilson Nonet, Charles McPherson Quintet, Willie Jones III Quintet, and as leader of his own groups.

Castellanos has worked with world-renowned artists Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Hayden, Les McCann, Poncho Sanchez, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Michael Buble, and Natalie Cole, to name a few.

Kei Akagi:

Pianist and composer, Kei Akagi, has been a mainstay of the international jazz world for over two decades. Perhaps best known for his work as a member of the Miles Davis band in the late 1980's, his career also includes extended associations with major figures such as Stanley Turrentine, James Newton, Joe Farrell, Al DiMeola, and Airto Moreira. In addition, he has performed or recorded with Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Charnett Moffett, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Eddie Harris, Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Robin Eubanks, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Watts, Allan Holdsworth, and others.

Akagi has recorded 12 CD's as a solo artist and leader. As a sideman and accompanist, he has appeared on over 40 CD's worldwide, including Miles Davis' last recorded works. He has also written numerous original works for his own and others' recordings, with over 30 compositions currently in publication.

Akagi's performance schedule revolves around two major international concert tours a year. As Professor of Music at the UC Irvine, he directs the jazz studies program.

Willie Jones III:
Born in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 1968, Jones' earliest exposure to music was through his father, Willie Jones II, an accomplished and notable jazz pianist, who offered guidance and inspiration to his gifted son. Dedicated to the further development of his skills, the younger Jones spent the next few years working diligently with acclaimed drummers and music instructors and began performing with distinguished musicians by the time he was in his teens. He completed his academic training after receiving a full scholarship to the California Institute of the Arts where he studied under the tutelage of the legendary Albert "Tootie" Heath. Before he was a semifinalist in the 1992 Thelonious Monk Jazz Drum Competition, Jones co-founded jazz band Black Note. Influenced by the rich soulful energy of the West Coast bop movement, Black Note's hard-swing sound propelled them to first place in the prestigious John Coltrane Young Artist Competition in 1991.

Near the end of 1994, while Jones was reaching for a higher level of drumming dexterity, he gained the privilege of playing sideman to the renowned vibist Milt Jackson, where Jones learned the importance of pacing and sensitivity. Meanwhile, his musical career continued to unfold. From 1995 through 1998, he was a member of Arturo Sandoval's band and is featured on Sandoval's GRAMMY® award winning release Hot House (N2K). Subsequently, Jones recorded with Horace Silver on Jazz Has a Sense of Humor (Impulse!).

From 1998-2005, Jones was a member of Roy Hargrove's Quintet and is featured on Roy Hargrove's CD releases on Verve. Jones can be heard on a host of recordings including Kurt Elling's GRAMMY® nominated Night Moves (Concord) and Eric Reed's Here (Max Jazz). Jones has worked with Sonny Rollins, Ernestine Anderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wynton Marsalis, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Houston Person, Billy Childs, Eric Reed, Ryan Kisor, Eric Alexander, Bill Charlap, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones.

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Tuesday, Feb 3
7pm
FREE

Join us as we break out the board games and make room for a good old-fashioned night of fun. To add to the fun, we also provide you with discounts on top-notch brews and delicious flatbreads. This time around, ACTA (All Campus Transfer Association) will be hosting the event! Board and Brew, as always, is open to everyone. Bring your game and bring friends - we'll provide the rest (board game options provided).

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Wednesday, Feb 4
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Joining Tony Furtado (performing duo) on this special occasion, Luke Price, The 2014 Grand National Fiddle Champion.

Tony Furtado is an indie record label's dream artist. He has lived on the road for the last two decades. He is gregarious, engaging and entertaining, on and off stage. He's been called a genius on banjo and slide guitar, and his own creative interpretation/hybrid of Americana and indie rock is captivating.

Special Guests: The Western Collective, a collaboration of Fast Heart Mart, Justin Werner, Trent Hancock, Chad Farran and Jamie Shadowlight.

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Wednesday, Feb 11
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

The Loft is proud to announce this amazing co-bill event featuring the sister duo Lily & Madeleine and the LA indie rock band PAPA!

UCSD Students: $5
General: $10

4 ticket limit

Band Bios
Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine’s goal is to release an album-a-year for three years — a rare feat when the trend among singer-songwriters is to space albums by half-decades. So far, they’re on track: Fumes, the duo’s second LP, was released October 28, 2014, 366 days after last year’s Lily & Madeleine.The sophomore album is a leap forward for the duo, a mature sentiment of two gifted young artists who have launched from their hometown onto the world stage with speed and grace.

When Indianapolis sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz first started making music together, it didn’t cross their minds that they could make a living at it. When the two come together in ecstatic and seamless “blood harmony,” it’s a sound that continues to haunt long after the songs are sung, leaving an electrical charge behind like a sparkling tracer in the air. Lily & Madeleine however, are equally distinctive as soloists as they are as harmony singers. When they step out individually as vocalists, Lily’s warm, smoky alto is the counterpoint to Madeleine’s crystalline, bell-like soprano.

As young as they are, Lily, 17, and Madeleine, 19, are their own women. The songs on Fumes acknowledge childhood’s end and announce the entrance into adulthood—a place where the road ahead is unknown and sometimes dark. Facing the darkness head on, Lily & Madeleine at times hark back to the female-driven post-punk band The Raincoats, delivering a distaff perspective that is equal parts beauty and toughness, sugar and salt.

PAPA
"Everyone becomes sea urchins and rats at night," says PAPA's Darren Weiss, laughing slyly. "It's the nature of being young."

Like with an inside joke you know, you smirk along, succumbing to a moment of reverie. The suggestion of crawling so close to the dirt floods in bastard memories. And so, when the versatile drummer, singer and principle songwriter next puts his band's musical efforts in simple terms such as, setting out to make "American soul music with a punk-rock mentality" on its forthcoming EP, A Good Woman is Hard to Find, you nod along, like, yeah that sounds about right.

There's a poetic purity that runs through the songs, suggesting devious truths and well told lies, rolling along with a natural swagger that thoughtlessly evokes hard-hitting shakes and slow-swinging shimmies. Weiss' earnest vibrato often takes on a Springsteen-like growl in its best moments, crooning reminiscences on "I Am The Lion King," "I got to make a you a woman. You got to make me a man." In each song's groove there's a dangerous sexiness to PAPA-the furious grip of the dance floor, the cold pavement outside, and the way you kiss when you're not sure you'll ever see the person again or whether you'd even want to.

A Good Woman is Hard to Find is an album as ripe for romance as it is partying. It has moments of aggression and simple bliss, with a classic sense of harmony, melody and style. It's a modern, rough-and-tumble take on classic soul, without a doubt. With the help of Weiss' musical partner, friend-since-childhood, bassist Danny Presant, the tracks gain a hip-hop sensibility that separates PAPA from simple revivalists and instead into timeless territory. It's an exacting and revelatory ode to what's wrong with modern romance but what won't stop one from giving it another go. Meanwhile, the cover art shows a waifish, made-up girl, smoking a cigarette, smiling with a come-hither wink that suggests a good time but history argues otherwise. Here we go again. It's an instant testament to our hero's exhausting trials in love and those superficial layers that brutally slice through once promising, meaningful connections.

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Tuesday, Feb 17
Doors 6pm / Show 6pm
FREE

Hosted by local comedian, Dallas McLaughlin, the night is sure to be full of interesting questions and funny surprises! See you there!

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Friday, Feb 20
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$29.00 UCSD students / $34.00 general

Foovie
ArtTalks! with UCSD Film History Instructor Margrit Frolich

This dark satire is considered the German counterpart to the American film The Wolf of Wall Street, receiving many accolades when it screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014. Two highly paid consultants have been touring the world’s dirtiest and most impoverished countries for years seeking to satisfy their clients’ hunger for profit. Their goal is to ascend to the company's top echelon and finally be made partners. The unwritten company rule: they’ll need to secure their final promotion by their mid-thirties or else they’ll be sidelined. Reality exists merely as a dusty silhouette behind the windows of their air-conditioned luxury hotels.

Oberhausen Film: Future Past Perfect
A thought-provoking film about consumerism and choice.
[Carsten Nicolai/Simon Mayer, 2009, Germany, 4 min]

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Lobster Bisque with Crème Fraiche and Chive, Braised Short Rib Stew over Truffled Mashed Potatoes, Duo of Chocolate Truffles. Vegetarian options available upon request. Drinks sold separately.

SPONSOR German Studies Program at UC San Diego

REGULAR >> $34 Food + Movie; $10 Movie Only
SUBSCRIBER >> $29 Food + Movie; $8 Movie Only
UCSD STUDENT >> $29 Food + Movie; $6 Movie Only

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Saturday, Feb 21
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

Hawaiian independent artist Kawehi (kuh-veh-hee) is known across the nation for her live shows as a "one-woman band," creating intricate loops via beatboxing, a guitar, a midi keyboard and Ableton Live. She is known for her opinionated songwriting, centering her music messages around social issues and injustices. Kawehi's videos and songs have been featured on CBS News Most Viral Videos, Vimeo, Booooooom!, Sony Music, Huffington Post, Esquire, Spin, Elle, Maxim, People, Devour, Gizmodo, etc. Her original music can be found on commercials throughout Asia for MasterCard and Casio. As an independent artist, Kawehi has taken to Kickstarter, raising funds for four EP's, a live album, a documentary and a US national tour through crowd-funding alone - staying true to herself and her fans by making the kind of music she is proud of. Kawehi is making a name for herself as a true DIY artist, creating music that is honest, creative and relative - and generating much-deserved attention from both fans and industry folk alike.

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Wednesday, Mar 4
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Winner of the 2011 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, pianist Kris Bowers is one of the newest and brightest lights on the jazz landscape. Schooled in jazz and classical music, raised amid the rap and hip-hop of the 1990s, and inspired by the cinematic power of the great film composers of recent decades, Bowers’ sound – though rooted in traditional styles – is open to numerous influences that keep the music fresh and vibrant for a new century. This rich and eclectic sensibility is evident from the very first notes of Heroes + Misfits, his debut recording. In the past several years, Bowers has toured with bassist Marcus Miller, recorded on hip-hop tracks for Jay-Z with Kanye West and Q-Tip, and played special engagements for Aretha Franklin and Benny Golson. Making his San Diego debut, Bowers is sure to captivate audiences with his improvisational prowess and melodic innovation.

Quote: “I wanted to take all the different types of music and all the different influences that are part of who I am, and make all of those things a part of my original compositions.” – KRIS BOWERS

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12

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Friday, Mar 6
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$29.00 UCSD students / $34.00 general

Foovie
ArtTalks! with UCSD Film History Instructor Margrit Frolich

Almanya is a feel-good comedy about three generations of a Turkish immigrant family and the hilarious tale of how, and why, they ended up in Germany. After working for forty-five years in Germany as a Turkish guest worker, Hüseyin Yilmaz, now in his 70s, announces to his family that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants everyone to go back with him to renovate it. The family is not pleased with this idea and a heated debate ensues. Told from the perspective of Canan, a college-age girl eager to share family lore with her 6 year-old cousin Cenk, the film bounces engagingly between past and present.
[Yasemin Samdereli, 2011, Germany, 101 min]

Oberhausen Film: Kung Bao Chicken
Young cook Zhang Wei migrates to Germany to work in a small, Chinese restaurant. He quickly realizes that "Chinese" cooking means something completely different in Germany!
[Bin Chuen Choi, 2010, Germany, 13 min]

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Red Lentil Soup garnished with Turkish Cacik and Toasted Pita, Duo of Lamb and Chicken Kabobs with Herbed Rice Pilaf and Tossed Salad, Baklava. Vegetarian options available upon request. Drinks sold separately.

SPONSOR German Studies Program at UC San Diego

REGULAR >> $34 Food + Movie; $10 Movie Only
SUBSCRIBER >> $29 Food + Movie; $8 Movie Only
UCSD STUDENT >> $29 Food + Movie; $6 Movie Only

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Friday, Apr 10
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Brazilian singer, songwriter, and actress, Thalma de Freitas was born into a home filled with music and creativity, as the daughter of famed maestro Laercio de Freitas. Access to such a musical upbringing proved to be instrumental in shaping De Frietas's ear at an early age. As crooner in Rio’s legendary big band Orquestra Imperial, De Freitas’ silky and sensual voice captured the very essence of samba. In her stunning San Diego debut, Thalma will illuminate the many spectacular and beautiful nations that Brazil contains through her music, paying special attention to its African roots. From the terreiros of Candomble (birthplace of the modern samba) to the apocalyptic jazz visions of Jose Mauro and Tim Maia’s Racional, she will be our enchanting guide to the other Brazil.

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12
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Thursday, Apr 16
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Jazz aficionados welcome the dawning of the next generations of talented musicians who boldly stride into progressive territory. Among the most important young jazz stars in that vein is vibraphonist Warren Wolf. An incredible multi-instrumentalist who has also honed his chops on drums and piano since age three, Wolf is also following in the footsteps of vibraphone masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris by becoming a member of the SFJazz Collective (both of whom precede him in the vibes chair). “Warren Wolf appears on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist” (Jazz Times). With his talented Wolfpack in tow, jazz fans are certain to be drawn in by the magnetism of Wolf and his impressive musicality.

Quote: “My dad played vibraphones, drums, and piano. As a young child I saw him doing it and I just decided to copy him. I got good at it, so he started giving me lessons at the age of 3 and I played my first professional concert at 5. “
- WARREN WOLF

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12

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