Music Notebook: Mocambo debuts at Dizzy’s; Shipment to be made to SDSU; Johnny Mathis at Pechanga


The Mocambo Jazz Ensemble

The young jazz lions aren’t much younger than 13-year-old San Diegan Kahlil Childs, a member of the brand new Mocambo Jazz Ensemble.

His quick and skillful playing on alto and soprano saxophones belies the fact that Kahlil only started playing these instruments when he was 10 years old.

I first heard him last year at Panama 66 in Balboa Park, where he sat with trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos’ quartet. Kahlil, a student at the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory in Castellanos, immediately impressed with his technical prowess and carefully constructed solos.

Three of Mocambo’s other four members are also conservatory students – drummer Rhydian Marshall, 13, pianist Joey Kim-Weigandt, 15 (piano) and bass magician John Murray, 18, who begins his studied at Juilliard in New York.

The fifth member, alto and baritone saxophonist Alvin Paige, 19, is a Young Lions Conservatory alumnus who is now a jazz sax major at Michigan State University.

Mocambo’s repertoire includes classics by John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner, as well as recent works by Bahamian trumpeter Giveton Gelin and other contemporary artists. It should be a start worth celebrating.

8 p.m. Saturday. Dizzy’s at Arias Hall, 1717 Morena Blvd., Bay Park; $20 (all members of the public must wear masks regardless of their vaccination status). (858) 270-7467;

Dispatch, OAR, G. Love

What is the biggest band to come out of Vermont, past or present, not named Phish or Grace Potter & The Nocturnals?

Bow down, Dispatch, which was formed in 1996 at Middlebury College by Brad Corrigan, Chad Urmston and Pete Heimbold (who is no longer a member).

An early Napster favorite, the folk-rock trio found success on the jam-band circuit despite not seeming to play much. His 2011 reunion included three sold-out concerts at New York’s 20,000-seat Madison Square Garden.

Describing themselves as “the greatest band no one has heard of,” Dispatch kicks off their summer tour today with OAR and G. Love in Arizona. The tour includes a Sunday show here at SDSU.

It remains to be seen whether Dispatch will perform its best-known song, 1998’s “The General,” in its new phonetic Russian version, which Stokes recorded in April to raise money for fighters and emergency medical responders in Ukraine.

7 p.m. Sunday. Cal Coast Open Air Theater, SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego $25-$75.

Johnny Mathis, with Gary Mule Deer


The word apparently isn’t in the vocabulary of singing legend Johnny Mathis, 86, or comedian/singer Gary Mule Deer, 82.

The two have been touring together for 24 years. Chances are they won’t be stopping anytime soon. Let them run for a long time.

8 p.m. Saturday. Pechanga Theater, Pechanga Resort Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. $126 to $191.


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