SoCal Jazz Society Awards Outstanding San Diego Jazz Community Members

At its Annual Fundraising Event the SoCal Jazz Society awarded five members of the San Diego Jazz Community for their achievements, as well as their support of jazz education and the jazz community of San Diego County.
Best Jazz Promoter: Brian Ross for expanding the knowledge of American Jazz, especially to younger generations, as well as the public at large, through his excellent work as Programs and Events Manager at University of California San Diego’s The Loft, and other venues; and as Events Coordinator at the Music Box in San Diego.
Best Jazz Artist: trumpet master Derek Cannon, not only for his excellent playing, but for his work as Department Chair and Director of Jazz and Afro-Cuban Studies at Grossmont College, and his mentoring of aspiring young musicians.
Best Jazz DJ: Janine Harty for her excellent work developing the enjoyment of Jazz Music through her weekly radio shows on KSDS and which spotlight Women in Jazz. Her programing of great jazz artists helps increase the public’s knowledge of this great american Art Form.
Best Jazz Educator: Dr. John Reynolds, for his outstanding direction of the Jazz and Orchestral Studies at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, for paving the way for his high school big band to attend “Essentially Ellington” at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York, and for his work as adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Grossmont College.
Best Jazz Producer: Kamau Kenyatta for his outstanding work developing the understanding of the language of Jazz Music through the production of jazz albums, and his excellent work increasing the public’s knowledge of american Jazz as an educator at the University of California San Diego.

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The SoCal Jazz Society is devoted to increasing the enjoyment, understanding and interest in the American art form of Jazz Music by providing in-school classes, master classes and private jazz music education, as well as concerts and the promotion of jazz events in the Southern California region. It is SoCal Jazz Society‘s aim to help students and the public at large have a clearer understanding of what makes improvisational music such a worthwhile study, and to encourage the enjoyment of this art form with increased awareness.

Spring Fundraising Event!

Join us for our Spring 2016 Fundraiser at the Musicians Union, 1717 Morena Blvd., San Diego,

With the sounds of the Kamau Kenyatta Trio!

April 24th 2:00 – 5:00pm                 $25 per person

Call for reservations: 619-857-5487

Or use link to pay:

Fundraiser Ticket $25.00 USD
Fund a Class $60.00 USD
Fund 4 Classes $240.00 USD
Fund Entire Program $720.00 USD


Our non-profit status was granted by the IRS in September 2013! All donations, including joining Jazz, are , 501c3 #45-5375505.  Donations can come in many forms. Here are some ways to donate:

Our non-profit status was granted by the IRS in September 2013! All donations, including joining Jazz, are , 501c3 #45-5375505.  Donations can come in many forms. Here are some ways to donateOur non-profit 501c3 status was granted by the IRS in September 2013! All donations, including joining SoCal Jazz, are tax deductible, 501c3 #45-5375505.  Donations can come in many forms. Here are some ways to donate:

  • $100 goes toward copying costs and/or teaching supplies!
  • $200 pays for a professional musician to teach a master class!
  • $250 help pay for flyers for professional concerts and other promotional items!
  •  $300 buys half of a 12-week program in the schools! This amount pays for the SoCal Jazz’s music teacher salary.
  • $500 buys one of our in-school concerts by paying top-notched musicians to play for the students!
  • $600 buys a full 12-week program in the schools! The more donations we receive, the more children will be introduced to the magic of Jazz Music!
  • Or donate your time to volunteer at our public events. Call 619-857-5487 for information.

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Executive Director Interview

Local online radio station, The Voice of La Jolla, interviewed the SoCal Jazz Society’s Founder and Executive director, Mary Talbot! Click on the link to listen to Ron Jones’s interview.  Hear about the inspiration behind the creation of this nonprofit for teaching kids about the history and development of Jazz Music in America.

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 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