Summer Jazz Series at the La Jolla Athenaeum Begins June 4

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The Athenaeum’s jazz program continues with the annual summer series starting June 4! Farrell Family Jazz at the La Jolla Athenaeum features an international piano series by four acclaimed jazz artists from the United States, Canada, Germany, and Cuba. All concerts will be held in the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at 7:30pm, and tickets are on sale now.

The series opens on Thursday, June 4 with the return of the Benny Green Trio, featuring Benny Green on piano, David Wong on bass, and Rodney Green on drums. Green is celebrated for his mastery of a variety of jazz styles, from early stride playing to the hard-bop idiom of the 1960s.

Friday, June 12 brings a California debut by the Quebec-based Marianne Trudel Trifolia trio, featuring Marianne Trudel on piano, accordion, and voice; Étienne Lafrance on bass; and Patrick Graham on percussion. Trudel’s group Trifolia features original compositions that combine the influences of jazz, romantic music, and global rhythms, including the rich folk heritage of Quebec. The trio’s album Le Refuge was the winner of the Prix Opus 2012–2013 for jazz CD of the year.

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Sunday, June 28 features another California debut by the Berlin-based Julia Hülsmann Trio [leading photo], with Julia Hülsmann on piano, Heinrich Köbberling on drums, and Robert Landfermann on bass. Acclaimed throughout Europe and in her native Germany, Hülsmann recently released her fourth CD as a leader on the influential ECM Records label.

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The series concludes on Thursday, July 9 with the guitar and piano duo of Spiros Exaras and Elio Villafranca. Hailing from distant homelands of Greece and Cuba, Exaras and Villafranca find compelling common ground in their musical heritages and mastery of jazz. He has worked with artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, Miguel Zenón, and Pat Martino.

Reserve the entire series of 4 concerts for $76 for Athenaeum members or $96 for nonmembers. Individual concerts are $21 for members and $26 for nonmembers.

Please note that the start time is 7:30pm for all concerts; doors open at 7pm. Seating is limited. For tickets and information, visit or call (858) 454-5872.

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Emily Ruchlewicz

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