Westside Inflection: From Sailors to Swingers

San Diego folks that frequent establishments like the U.S. Grant Hotel, Riviera Supper Club, Kensington Club, and other spots are probably familiar with the city's hardest working standards quartet, Westside Inflection. What they might not know is that the quartet was originally named Seabreeze, and was at one time the most in-demand ensemble in San Diego's Navy Band Southwest.

As the VIP ensemble for the prestigious band, the original lineup of Jason Hanna, Anders Larsson, Antar Martin, and Colin Greggs played for thousands of people, including notables like the Secretary of the Navy and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (Mr. Carter was so moved by the groups performance of a Nat King Cole classic that he actually approached Hanna to tell him that the group reminded him of his time in the Navy).

The original Westside Inflection, then named "Seabreeze". From left to right: Jason Hanna, Anders Larsson, Antar Martin, and Colin Greggs. Photo by Bill Chizek.

The original Westside Inflection, then named "Seabreeze". From left to right: Jason Hanna, Anders Larsson, Antar Martin, and Colin Greggs. Photo by Bill Chizek.

It wasn't long before the quartet realized that when time allowed, and on "liberty," they could bring the classic swinging standards of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, et al to the public in San Diego. 

Hanna and Larsson are now enjoying the lives of civilian, full-time musicians based in San Diego, while Colin Greggs continues to serve in uniform in Italy, and Pete Mattice (who replaced Martin on bass) is doing the same in Seattle.

The quartet is busier than ever these days, with Jon Walters (Third Coast Jazz), Alex Ciavarelli, and Mark Dzula taking care of guitar duties, while Jason Littlefield (The Heavy Guilt, Archie Thompson) expertly fills the position of bassist. 

Besides special events, Westside Inflection plays every Wednesday evening at the Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa.