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Anthony Ortega:  Encinitas reedman calls himself a ‘lucky man’

Anthony Ortega: Encinitas reedman calls himself a ‘lucky man’

ENCINITAS — “Legend” is not a title that can be affixed to just anybody’s name. But when describing the life and talent of Anthony Ortega, it’s hard to exclude the word from discussion. 

Musician takes jazz beyond ordinary

Musician takes jazz beyond ordinary

ENCINITAS — Jay Smith is a classically trained pianist. But a teacher encouraged him to give jazz a try in his late teens. He soon preferred Django Reinhardt over Frederic Chopin. He found inspiration in Art Tatum’s albums.