Arts Empower Mega Conference 2017 has ended
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MAP -  We will be starting our day at the Casa del Prado Theatre.

Gilbert Castellanos

Gilbert​ ​Castellanos,​ ​nationally​ ​renowned​ ​musician,​ ​educator​ ​and​ ​arranger​ ​based​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Diego,​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of the​ ​hottest​ ​jazz​ ​trumpeters​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​today.​ ​He​ ​holds​ ​the​ ​distinction​ ​of​ ​American​ ​Master​ ​from the​ ​internationally​ ​acclaimed​ Down Beat Magazine.​ ​A​ San Diego Music Awards ​Best​ ​Artist​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year,​ ​he has​ ​also​ ​been​ ​awarded​ ​Best​ ​Jazz​ ​Artist​ ​six​ ​times.​ ​Adept​ ​in​ ​straight-ahead,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​Latin​ ​and​ ​Afro Cuban​ ​jazz,​ ​Castellanos​ ​has​ ​become​ ​a​ ​leading​ ​figure​ ​of​ ​the​ ​vibrant,​ ​diverse​ ​and​ ​flourishing​ ​jazz​ ​scene​ ​in America’s​ ​Finest​ ​City,​ ​and​ ​Southern​ ​California. 

An​ ​established​ ​scene-maker​ ​on​ ​the​ ​West​ ​Coast,​ ​Castellanos​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Artistic​ ​Curator​ ​of​ ​both​ ​of​ ​the​ ​San Diego​ ​Symphony's​ ​highly​ ​successful​ ​jazz​ ​series​ ​-​ Jazz at The Jacobs and​ Bayside Summer Nights​ ​- which​ ​have​ ​featured​ ​some​ ​of​ ​today's​ ​brightest​ ​stars​ ​including​ ​Gregory​ ​Porter,​ ​Chucho​ ​Valdes,​ ​Dianne Reeves,​ ​Cecile​ ​McLorin​ ​Salvant,​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​This​ ​year,​ ​he​ ​began​ ​a​ ​new​ ​collaboration​ ​with​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Diego Museum​ ​of​ ​Art​ ​(SDMA),​ Portraits In Jazz,​ ​a​ ​concert​ ​series​ ​that​ ​introduces​ ​the​ ​American​ ​art​ ​form​ ​to SDMA’s​ ​global​ ​members​ ​and​ ​supporters.​ ​Both​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Diego​ ​Repertory​ ​Theater​ ​and​ ​San​ ​Diego​ ​Ballet have​ ​commissioned​ ​him​ ​to​ ​compose​ ​original​ ​work;​ ​he​ ​was​ ​named​ ​a​ ​Resident​ ​composer​ ​of​ ​the​ ​latter​ ​and will​ ​introduce​ ​a​ ​second​ ​commissioned​ ​original​ ​suite​ ​in​ ​Spring​ ​2018. 

The​ Young Lions Jazz Conservatory ​(YLJC)​ ​launched​ ​in​ ​2017,​ ​was​ ​founded​ ​by​ ​Castellanos​ ​who​ ​serves as​ ​Artistic​ ​Director​ ​and​ ​is​ ​the​ ​faculty’s​ ​primary​ ​educator;​ ​mentoring​ ​the​ ​next​ ​generation​ ​of​ ​jazz​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of his​ ​greatest​ ​passions.​ ​In​ ​2014,​ ​he​ ​launched​ ​the​ ​precursor​ ​to​ ​the​ ​YLJC,​ ​the​ ​Young​ ​Lions​ ​Series​ ​at Panama​ ​66​ ​at​ ​The​ ​San​ ​Diego​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art,​ ​to​ ​highlight​ ​up-and-coming​ ​middle​ ​and​ ​high​ ​school​ ​jazz musicians;​ ​over​ ​250​ ​have​ ​been​ ​featured​ ​to​ ​date.​ ​His​ ​popular​ Wednesday​ Jazz Jam at Panama​ 66 is​ ​the longest​ ​running​ ​jam​ ​in​ ​the​ ​city. 

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

Castellanos​ ​is​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​“keeping​ ​jazz​ ​alive”​ ​by​ ​creating​ ​new​ ​and​ ​innovative​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​awareness of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​art​ ​form,​ ​expanding​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Diego​ ​jazz​ ​scene​ ​and​ ​cultivating​ ​new​ ​audiences​ ​and investing​ ​in​ ​young​ ​musicians​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​the​ ​future​ ​of​ ​jazz.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, October 12

2:30pm PDT