Welcome to ă brève: our complimentary performing arts program. Every season includes a variety of dance, theatre, and of course, live music; presenting the best of what San Diego has to offer.

In the spirit of ă brève, whether you are a traveler arriving to or departing from San Diego, or just coming home to America’s finest city, we invite you to pause during your journey and enjoy a brief moment to be inspired and entertained.

2nd Friday of each month

7:00 – 9:15 PM

4th Friday of each month

7:00 – 9:15 PM


Jazz and contemporary music performed
by four to five piece bands and other musical ensembles

More intimate musical performances presented by smaller groups

Live theater, dance, literary arts and special performances

January 10

Lower Left

Whether performing with unhurried grace, bristling intensity or points in between, this talented trio shines. The group’s inviting repertoire of original compositions, reinvigorated bossa-nova gems, and fresh-sounding jazz classics represent contemporary jazz at its best.


February 14

Sacha Butros

Skilled in vocal genres ranging from opera to Latin jazz, Sacha Butros’s voice is at once innocent and otherworldly, capable of wrapping itself around the heart of any tune. She has an effortless, bountiful energy that has helped to introduce a new generation to jazz through her engaging crossover renditions.


March 14

Daniel Jackson

Daniel Jackson is a highly accomplished jazz musician whose career as a performer and composer of hauntingly beautiful African-American music spans fifty years. Jackson has worked with greats from Ray Charles to Art Farmer and he has influenced countless emerging musicians. Jackson has been recognized for his virtuosity by the California Arts Council, City of San Diego, and San Diego Music Awards.


April 11


Lynn Willard and “Subtrafuse” are well-respected studies in musical intensity. An original musician and an unapologetic jazz free-thinker, he has a massive and vibrant chord vocabulary, and his solo voice is both fluid and interpretative.


May 9

Michael Leroy Peed

Acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Michael Leroy Peed is a true musicians' musician. In addition to his considerable experience as a performer, Peed has served as the musical director at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, conducted the San Diego Symphony at their summer pops performance, and composed and produced countless award winning soundtracks for film and television.


June 13

Ian Tordella

Saxophonist Ian Tordella's compositions are harmonically in the realm of post-bop, but strongly influenced by indie-rock, trip-hop, and electronica. His third album (set to be released in spring 2014) features his long-time collaborator, Brooklyn guitarist Jeff Miles, and continues his trajectory of fusing jazz with more contemporary sounds and influences.

Jan 24

Benedetti Trio

Family harmonies and creative arrangements are the hallmarks of the Benedetti Trio. Experienced guitar soloist Fred Benedetti joins his two vocalist daughters Regina and Julia to cover a wide variety of musical genres from the relaxing sounds of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz, to the soulful spirit of Otis Redding and contemporary musical icons Alicia Keys and Adele.


Feb 28

Double Take

Double Take is the piano/vocal duo of Janet Hammer and Nathan Fry. The talented pair is best known for their “Duets Through the Decades” performance, which features excerpts from popular musicals. Janet’s vocal styling makes her a much desired front person for local groups such as the Mar Dels.


March 28


The Saxations are a San Diego-based all-female saxophone quartet performing popular music, smooth jazz, funk, soul, and blues. These four women, along with their rhythm section, bring to the stage a powerful and high energy show.


April 25

Rob Dove

Accomplished and varied musician Rob Dove has performed with diverse jazz bands, various small combo groups, and in pops concerts. His musical influences include, but are not limited to: Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, and Bill Evans.


May 23

Allison Adams Tucker

The vocal palette of world jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker has been colored by her experience in diverse musical genres. Tucker sings in six different languages, and her music reflects her passion for world cultures with rhythms, melodies, and lyrics of Brazil, Italy, France, Latin America, Japan, and the US.


June 26

Mackenzie Leighton Trio

Though representative of a recent wave of jazz upstarts, the Mackenzie Leighton Trio has seven years of experience playing together as an ensemble. Leighton has played alongside renowned bassist Rob Magnusson and holds a degree in music from San Diego State University.

October 11

A Special Performance


Times vary. Check back soon for complete details.

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