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About Charlie Arbelaez

Alto Saxophonist, Composer, Recording Artist, Educator, and Bandleader Charlie Arbelaez has been a musical messenger for over 20 years. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, he arrived in San Diego, CA in 2011 when stationed at MCRD with The United States Marine Corps Band.

During those years with the USMC Band, he extensively toured and performed for hundreds of thousands of citizens all around America while also successfully giving clinics and masterclasses at dozens of high schools and colleges.

After finishing his contract as a Sergeant in 2014, Arbelaez stayed as a freelance musician and recorded and released his first record in San Diego, CA, where he currently resides.

Charlie received a Bachelor of Music degree in music and graduated Magna Cum Laude from State University of New York at Purchase College in May of 2016 and is currently a graduate student at San Diego State University.

Not only a student, but also a teacher, Charlie works on faculty as an instructor at The Young Lions Jazz Conservatory since 2018. His students perform at various venues representing the YLJC at fundraisers, performances, and other events.

Charlie Arbelaez has been selected and hired to be the Professor of Saxophone at Palomar Community College starting in the fall of 2019.

He also maintains an active studio of several private students.

You can catch Charlie every Tuesday night as the host of “The Jazz & Cocktail Party” at The Seven Grand in North Park, San Diego. And he is also the Resident Artist every Wednesday night at the Westgate Hotel in Downtown, San Diego.

Charlie Arbelaez is also a member of the Jazz @ The Jacobs Orchestra directed by Gilbert Castellanos.

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