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June 3 2014 05:48 PM

First in a series of jazz / indie-rock collaborations will take place in June

Gilbert Castellanos
Gilbert Castellanos

Indie rockers and jazz musicians will come together on Wednesday, June 18, for a unique performance at Seven Grand, the North Park whiskey bar.

Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, recipient the San Diego Music Awards Artist of the Year honor, who leads a weekly jazz jam at Seven Grand, will perform a special set with Roxy Jones. But there's a twist: Castellanos isn't just performing with the band; he's actually adapting their songs into new jazz arrangements, putting the group's music in an entirely new context.

Peter Graves, frontman for Roxy Jones and talent booker for Seven Grand, says it seemed like an interesting way to introduce Castellanos' music to a new audience.

"We're taking the opportunity to try and bring in a crowd that normally might not [come to the jazz jam]," Graves says. "I thought it was a cool way to infuse some new blood into it."

Roxy Jones is the first band to try its hand at this fusion of jazz and indie rock, which Graves says will feature other local rock bands in future shows. However, taking on radical new interpretations of these songs has required a little preparation on the band's part.

"None of us reads sheet music," Graves says, adding that Castellanos is handling writing out the new arrangements. "He's super-quick with everything."

In addition to this new project, Roxy Jones are also working on a new full-length album this year. Their last album, Lullabies and Warcries, was released in 2010, and the group hasn't been as busy lately. Graves says that working with Castellanos has inspired them to get moving on their own material.

"We hardly ever play any music for anyone other than ourselves, or for our own satisfaction," Graves says. "Doing this thing with Gilbert is kind of a jumping-off point. It's gotten us motivated to start doing more stuff this summer."

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