A Shift to the Left

Nick Tocco: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Dave Pschaida: Drums | Peter August: Saxophone | Tim Nunnink: Saxophone | Doug Walker: Bass guitar

Genre: Jazz

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Inception: San Diego, 2007

Influences: Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Chris Potter, John Scofield, Larry Goldings, David Binney, Brian Blade, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Thelonious Monk, Tom Harrell, Bill Stewart, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard


“A Shift to the Left refers to a positive change in one’s awareness and perception of the universe,” says this North Park-based band. “It involves a conscious effort to open the mind ever-wider, in order to view life in its true form and energy.”

As a collaborative modern jazz project, the band says “Our sound is continuously crafted from the original material and unique abilities brought forth by each member. By combining intricate arrangements with exploratory improvisation, our repertory provides the ideal vehicle with which to discover new sonic territory. As composers, we challenge ourselves with obstacles of objective. As improvisers, we allow ourselves the freedom of interpretation.”

In additional to original songs, the group also covers John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Pat Methey, Larry Goldings, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, John Scofield, and Tom Harrell.

“Delving into the minds of such prolific forerunners is essential to refining our own voice, as they once did.”

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