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UCSD Concert promoter Brian Ross has been doing some great things for the San Diego jazz scene for some time now, especially in the form of presenting double-bill performances of local jazz musician's at The Loft, a pretty sweet venue located on campus.

This week, they are at it again with a show on March 15, featuring the Ian Tordella Group and the DGQ, at 8 pm. The concert is free.

Tordella is coming off his highly successful CD-Release party gig 10 days ago at Glashaus in Southeast San Diego, for his brand new disc, Tragic Comedy with the original cast of album musicians: Joey Carano, Jeff Miles, Danny Weller and Richard Sellers on guitars, bass and drums, respectively.

Weller and Miles have returned to their base in Brooklyn, New York, so the group playing Thursday will be a quartet with Carano as the lone guitarist, and Ben Wanicur filling in for Weller on bass. Sellers will man the drums again.

"Joey and I have played all my material as a quartet in the past. I'm sure it will be a bit different than the quintet, plus playing with Joey you can expect the unexpected. After playing with him for over a year on a duo gig, I'm still surprised every show," said Tordella.

Tordella's group is the headliner. "We'll still be featuring mainly the album material, and will be throwing in a standard or two, plus other originals."

Opening the show will be a gifted group of younger musicians, DGQ, which is an acronym for the Dangond/ Giordano Quartet featuring Ricky Giordano on guitars, Antonio Dangond on keyboards, Doug Walker on bass and Charlie Weller on drums.

The group's influences include Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Miles Davis and Radiohead.

Giordano has been in SD for two and a half years, Dangond lives in LA, Walker and Weller are locals. Weller just returned from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the youngest member of the super talented Weller family. The last time I heard him was as a 17 drum phenomenon on Ellen Weller's free-jazz masterpiece, Spirits, Little Dreams & Improvisations. That was eight years ago, and believe me, he was killing then. I can wait to see where he is now.

"The DGQ is a contemporary jazz ensemble influenced by classical, pop and rock traditions, The group plays all original compositions, and focuses on collective improvisation, we want the tunes to sound different every time," promises Giordano.

This sounds like a can't-miss event.


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