LIVE MUSIC: Piano Summit, legendary reggae artist, UFO revisited
by Bart Mendoza
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Although nearly three decades since its heyday, British hard-rock quintet UFO shows no signs of slowing down. The band appears at Brick by Brick on Nov. 25.           Courtesy photo
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Jazz aficionados throughout San Diego seem thrilled that Dizzy’s has found a new home at the San Diego Jet Ski Rentals. The new location is starting off with a bang, with a schedule that includes one of the year’s highlights for any piano enthusiast — the 2012 Piano Summit. Held on Nov. 18, talent on hand will feature seven of the area’s top pianists, including Anthony Davis, Joshua White, Richard Thompson, Mikan Zlatkovich, Barnaby Finch, Irving Flores and Danny Green. Anyone wanting to investigate this wonderful new nightspot or simply take in some of San Diego’s hottest musicians will find this to be one of the year’s top jazz shows.

• Piano Summit takes place beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Dizzy’s, 4275 Mission Bay Drive. $15. www.dizzysjazz.com

If reggae singer Al Anderson had played guitar with Bob Marley’s band, his place in music history would be secure. Throw in the fact that he’s also performed with James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and countless others, and you have a certified legend. Appearing at The Griffin on

Nov. 23 with his band, The Original Wailers, Anderson has just released his band’s debut EP “Miracle,” but the biggest cheers will likely be for Marley’s hits like “No Woman, No Cry.” Reggae has never been more popular in San Diego — if you’re a fan in the slightest you won’t want to miss this concert.

• The Original Wailers perform at 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23 at The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd. 21 and up. $25. www.thegriffinsd.com

On Nov. 24, the intimate confines of The Tiki House will host one of the area’s top cover bands — Dazed & Confused. As the name implies, the band specializes in the music of Led Zeppelin, and few play it better. While the evening will concentrate on the hits, Dazed & Confused is also adept at deeper catalog tracks, making this show a Zep fan’s dream come true. You won’t hear any songs newer than three decades old, but if you have a passion for classic rock, this band’s set will thrill you to the bone.

• Dazed & Confused performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at The Tiki House, 1152 Garnet Ave. Cover TBD. 21 and up. www.tikipb.com

Jam band Giant Peach performs at Tio Leo’s on Nov. 24. While the group includes music in its repertoire ranging from the Beatles to Neil Young, what sets it apart is that it also play its own material — all cut from the same cloth as the music of their heroes. Jam bands often get a bad rap because of its perceived endless noodling. However, anyone who wants their listening experience to consist of well-played music with extra solos, amped-up percussion and a festival atmosphere will find much to enjoy in Giant Peach.

• Giant Peach performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 21 and up. Cover TBD. www.tioleos.com

Although it’s been nearly three decades since its heyday, British hard-rock quintet UFO shows no signs of slowing down. Appearing at Brick by Brick on Nov. 25, the band is currently touring behind its best album in years, “Seven Deadly.” However, the biggest cheers from the crowd inevitably will come for their prime-era classics like “Too Hot To Handle” and “Only You Can Rock Me.” Rock fans can rest assured the band still puts on a heck of a show — even after 30 years on the road, it can still show today’s young rock contenders a thing or three.

• UFO performs at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 21 and up. $25. www.brickbybrick.com
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