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Gregoire Maret is a professional harmonica musician. I watched a video of him playing "The Man I Love" with a band, and it's strange to see the harmonica as a feature instrument. My mental images of harmonicas: someone in a movie pulls it out of his overalls in an idyllic landscape or a rock musician goes nuts on one strapped to his neck during an interlude. I had no idea there are jazz musicians who study harmonica and perform solely on the instrument. This is restitution for a way underrated musical niche.

I'm simultaneously intrigued and weirded out by this.

About Maret: He studied at Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève and The New School in New York City. He's also won a Grammy playing with the Pat Metheny Group.

He performs at UCSD's The Loft in La Jolla at 8 p.m. tomorrow night. Tickets cost $11-30.

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