Shooters Bar & Grill Party

The SoCal Jazz Society is a fairly new organization, but we are dedicated to educating public school children about not only the joy of jazz, but its place in American history and society. While we have programs in only a few schools at this time, we are online assignment writing hard at work looking for the funding to expand our programs to as many of the San Diego Unified School District schools as possible.

For those of you in the San Diego area, we will be having fundraising party! at Shooters Bar & Grille, in the Sheraton La Jolla, at 3299 Holiday Court, La Jolla, on January 28th at 7pm. The event will be hosted by John Cain and Katy Cat, as part of their regular Thursday evening performance, and there will be several guest performers as well. It will also be chance to meet SoCal Jazz Society board members and teachers.

We also have an online fundraising effort at
Unfortunately this one went out rather quietly at the beginning of December and got lost in the Holiday shuffle. I am as much to blame for this as anyone else. However, one can still contribute, and every dollar counts towards expanding our program to more schools.

SoCal Jazz Artists in Residence Concert - October 2, 2015

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The SoCal Jazz Society held a concert on October 2nd at Liberty Station. It was a balmy evening of amazing music. See photos for those who performed that evening.


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IMG_2075 Whitney Shay was the headliner with John Cain on piano, Grant Clarkson on Bass and drummer, Marly Waak.IMG_2088 Mary Talbot and Katie Catinella also performed.IMG_2085 Dorothy Annette Jackson’s etherial voice  filled the venue.IMG_2084IMG_2564Executive Director, Mary Talbot, address the audience

Jazz Educators Network Conference - 2015 San Diego

What an incredible week! Hundreds of jazz musicians and educators descended upon the city of San Diego from January 7th - 11th for the annual Jazz Educators Network Conference this year. We were incredibly fortunate to have San Diego chosen as this year’s location as we were treated to 3 full days of workshops, receptions, concerts, and a exhibit hall replete with all one could ever dream of having to complete one’s jazz knowledge and expertise - a music educator’s slice of heaven, all in our own back yard.

The SoCal Jazz Society board of directors and many of our supporters turned out to support the effort by volunteering at JEN. When not manning the exhibit hall doors or greeting new friends at our SoCal Jazz Society booth, we were able to learn the latest in jazz education trends, listening to outstanding student and professional concerts, and even chatting up Herbie Hancock and Jamie Abersole, to name just two!

Executive Director, Mary Talbot, is already beefing up the current SoCal Jazz lesson plans to further inspire our upper elementary and secondary students, as well as creating new lessons for our newest and youngest students in kindergarten through 2nd grades. The timing of the conference was ideal for our development and we would like to thank the directors of the Jazz Educators Network for so cordially including us in the weeks’ events. Thanks go to Bob Sinicrope for his kindness and interest in what we at SoCal Jazz are all about. Hopefully we will be able to attend next year in Louisville!

SJS with Herbie Hancock Yes, that’s Herbie Hancock with board members Mark Nicholson, Monell Stamnas, Mary Talbot (Exec. Dir.) and Faith Benson!

SJS Exec board at JEN Mark Nicholson, Allison Boles, Mary Talbot, David Hayes and Faith Benson at the JEN!

Fundraiser Highly Successful!

At our annual fundraiser and concert held on October 19th, we raised almost $5000!! This is huge for us as we were able to start the SoCal Jazz Artist-in-Residency program in 6 classrooms that had been waiting for funding!

Please read the above press release that describes the event and some of the jazz artists whom we recognized there.

It’s That Time Again!

Join us for a fabulous night of

COCKTAILS & JAZZ MUSIC to celebrate the



Sunday, October 19th
6-8pm - $25/person

**VIP Champagne Reception at 5pm -$50/person**

Pioneer Ocean View UCC
Fellowship Hall
2550 Fairfield Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Mary Talbot and the SoCal Jazz Society
Board of Directors

RSVP: 619-857-5487

Crowd Funding

Our latest Crowd Funding site is active. Click on the link above for more information.

Jazz music is America’s quintessential musical art form – an integral part of our cultural history. Yet playing jazz is such an openly creative and complex process that some listeners find it difficult to enjoy. Simply put - jazz just isn’t like other music - it takes some getting used to. Yet, we know that the more people understand jazz, they more they enjoy listening to it. To build a future for all-American jazz in America, we decided to teach about jazz music in elementary schools ensuring the students experience a lifetime of enjoyment.

So, we designed class lessons for 3-12 grade students to help them learn both the history and musical concepts directly from professional jazz musicians. The results have been phenomenal. The kids love their teachers and learn very quickly that jazz music is synonymous with freedom and self-expression. Now in our third year, we have 20 classrooms interested in the program and 15 on a waiting list. Our only limitation is helping the schools afford the lessons.

The 12-week program costs $50 an hour, $1000 per classroom, yet most schools have little or no money for extracurricular activities like music. Since SoCal Jazz Society is 501c3 nonprofit corporation, we’re turning to the public to put jazz into the classroom. For just a $50 donation, you’ll become a general member of the Society and get all the updates of how American jazz is making elementary school kids enjoy jazz music for the rest of their lives.”