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Ian Tordella

Saxophonist Ian Tordella is an emerging voice on the West Coast jazz scene, and has worked with guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Joshua White, saxophonist Jason Robinson, and others. His sound is rooted in the hard-bop players of the ‘50s and ‘60s, drawing inspiration from Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, and Coltrane. Tordella’s jazz compositions, however, incorporate sounds from trip-hop, rock, and electronica; he cites Meshell Ndegéocello, Stereolab, and Warp Records as influences, alongside jazz composers like Wayne Shorter and Kenny Wheeler. Raised in the Washington, DC area, Tordella attended the University of North Texas before transplanting to California in 2003, where he furthered his studies under altoist Charles McPherson.

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Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor

Location

San Diego, CA

Credentials/Background

Ian is accepting private students at intermediate and advanced levels. Jazz improvisation, sight-reading, tone production, and music theory are some of the areas I focus on. Please contact me by email if you are interested. Credentials: Bachelor's of Music University of North Texas; Master's of Music San Diego State University. Studied classical pedagogy and jazz improvisation with Dr. Eric Nestler, Jim Riggs, and Charles McPherson. Nine years teaching experience.

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Albums

Tragic Comedy
Tragic Comedy
E Street Brand
2012
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Magnolia

2010
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