CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office presents the third year of “This Is Jazz!” Part seminar, part performance and part conversation, “This Is Jazz!” dives into the origins, styles and players of the first 100 years of the great American art form. The programs, hosted by San Diego jazz author Dirk Sutro, feature celebrated performers and ensembles, terrific archival visuals and notable musical interludes.“This Is Jazz!” programs are held on Saturdays at 4 p.m. beginning Feb. 9 in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane at El Camino Real. All programs are free, but seating is limited. To prevent overflow, admission ticket distribution begins at 3 p.m.; doors open at 3:45 p.m. For information, visit carlsbadca.gov/arts or call the Arts Info Line, (760) 434-2904.
The third season starts with guest artist, Mundell Lowe. A master of the six-string guitar, Lowe possesses an eight-decade career that moved from 1930s New Orleans to the exploding jazz scene of late 1940s New York to the first days of television with the NBC and CBS studio orchestras. In 1965 he moved to Los Angeles and began composing for film, and in the 1980s he returned to his first love, live performance. Along the way, he met and played with most of the great names in jazz. A longtime resident of San Diego, Lowe turned 90 in 2012. Joining him at “This Is Jazz!” will be another noted San Diego guitarist, Bob Boss.
Upcoming presentations include:
— March 9, Jazz at the Movies with Composer Larry Groupé.
— April 6, ‘20s & ‘30s Swing with an ensemble to be announced
— May 11, Latin Jazz with master trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos
“This Is Jazz!” is supported by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.