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Jazz Mandala

Jazz Mandala

Jazz / Jazz Standards / Latin Standards Santa Barbara, CA  US
Cantaloupe Island
Cantaloupe Island
Green Dolphin Street
Green Dolphin Street
Well You Needn't
Well You Needn't


Chick Corea: Legendary Jazz Pianist


  • 2014

    May 19

    Santa Barbara, CA, US | 8:00pm

    Jazz Mandala was conceived by founding members George De Filippo (Alto Sax – Flute) and Marilyn Avenali (Piano) in March 2013 in Santa Barbara. Influenced by Jazz artists including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, Jazz Mandala began exploring a spectrum of Jazz idioms including Swing; Bebop, Modal, Fusion, and Latin. Our current incarnation includes the extraordinary Brian Fox on bass and the dynamic Daryell Perkins on drums. This powerhouse rhythm section has infused our sound with a percussive energy and adventure that is palpable. Special Guest: Jeff Elliott

  • 2014

    Mar 17

    Santa Barbara, CA, US | 7:00pm
  • 2013

    Dec 21

    Santa Barbara, CA, US | 6:00pm

    This is a great venue to take in great views, fine dinning and cocktails and of course the saucy sounds of Jazz Mandala

  • 2013

    Dec 20

    Santa Barbara, CA, US | 6:00pm

    We will be playing at the piano bar Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 PM. Join us for dinner or a cocktail and enjoy the ocean views.

  • 2013

    Dec 14

    Santa Barbara, CA, US | 6:00pm

    This is a great venue to take in great views, fine dinning and cocktails and of course the saucy sounds of Jazz Mandala


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  • Brent Zen (Artist)
    Brent Zen
    Nice ebb and flow - great tunes!
  • Eddie Ray Franks Jr (Artist)
    Eddie Ray Franks Jr
    Dropping by to show support and wish much success with your music. Have a great evening. Eddie Ray



George De Filippo


Marilyn Avenali


Ed Ransford


Roy Gillman

Drums, Vocals

Jeff Elliott


Jeff Elliott


Brian Fox


Daryell Perkins



Sounds Like: Montecito Jazz Project, Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies, Luis Munoz, Society Jazz, Santa Barbara Jazz Band Featuring Cr, Santa Barbara Jazz Collective

Label: Unsigned

Manager: George De Filippo

Bio: George De Filippo: Flute / Alto Sax / Soprano Sax / Vocals
1971-1974: Studied flute with 1st Chair of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
1974-1976: Studied Instrumental Performance at Berklee College of Music.
Influenced by Hubert Laws, Stan Getz, Phil Woods, Charles Lloyd, Eric Dolphy, John Coltra...See Full Bio

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Q: When your working on your set lists, how do you decide on the order of the songs?

A: I choose compositions based on the type of venue we are playing. For example, if we are playing at an eatery we will play Bossa Nova or balads which have a relaxing effect and allow the audience to converse. The order of the set list requires an understanding of the emotional impact of the music as well as the impact on ones ear. For dramatic effect a warm ballad can be a welcome reprive after a blistering hard bop tune. I think you also need to be flexible and read your audience. If they are dancing, keep the swing and dancable music coming. I like the concept of tension and release in playing as well as in developing the set list order. The ear unless well trainned can only absorb so much hard jazz. A soft balad or Latin tune can relieve the ear and prepare it for another sonic adventure.

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