Three San Diego Concerts Thrill with Jazz, Bluegrass and Louisiana Beats

Published February 9, 2024

San Diego's music scene is buzzing with excitement this week, featuring a range of genres that promise unforgettable performances. Among the highlights are a jazz saxophone virtuoso with an illustrious musical lineage, a bluegrass and Americana ensemble rooted in familial talent, and vibrant groups hailing from Louisiana, bringing a piece of Mardi Gras to the city.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Ravi Coltrane steps into the spotlight, bringing not only the prestige of his family's musical legacy but also his own firmly established artistry. The son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi has embraced his roots while crafting a distinctive path in the jazz world. His discography spans nearly a dozen albums where he shines as a leader, besides his remarkable contributions alongside music greats across genres. After more than two decades, Coltrane's much-anticipated return to headlining in San Diego is set for the 'Jazz Live' concert. He will be joined by an ensemble of gifted musicians, ensuring a night of rich, soulful sax melodies that reflect both his heritage and unique creative vision.

7 p.m. Wednesday. Saville Theater, San Diego City College, 1400 C Street, downtown. $30.

Sam Grisman Project

The legacy of the Grateful Dead resonates through the strings of the Sam Grisman Project. Led by Sam Grisman, son of bluegrass legend David Grisman, the band infuses the stage with a blend of nostalgia and fresh takes on classics. Their selection weaves together the Dead's cherished tunes and bluegrass staples, offering a musical journey that simultaneously honors the past and embraces the vibrancy of the present.

9:30 p.m. today. Winstons, 1921 Bacon St., Ocean Beach. $25.

'Mardi Gras Mambo' featuring Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas

Louisiana's musical richness comes alive with the 'Mardi Gras Mambo', starring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas. From the soul of New Orleans parades to collaborations with notable artists, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band brings a fusion of traditional sounds and innovative spirit. Nathan Williams, with the groove of his accordion, accompanied by his band, raises the energy, guaranteeing a celebration that captures the heart of Louisiana's festive culture.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $30-$80.

jazz, bluegrass, Louisiana