'GP’ Presents Oz Noy & Ozone Squeeze on March 20 in Oakland – Win Tickets!

Oz Noy, Darren Stanley, Rai Thistlethwayte and Sara Niemietz
(Image credit: Future)

It’s been 15 years since readers declared their Oz Noy obsession, voting him Best New Talent in 2008 and then in 2013 Best Out There Guitar Player in GP’s Readers Poll.

Noy has always got another trick up his sleeve, and the fusion wizard’s latest adventure is a second round of Ozone Squeeze.

Keyboard/vocalist Rai Thistlethwayte (Joe Satriani) and drummer Darren Stanley (Jimmy Herring) round out the act that recorded its debut released by Abstract Logix in 2017, when they played a GP Presents show that wowed a curious Yoshi’s crowd with its infectious R&B and exploratory soul jazz.

Rising singer and stage and screen star Sara Niemietz (Postmodern Jukebox) brings a fresh twist to the new material.

“I refer to Ozone Squeeze music as pop-jam R&B,” says Noy, “because to me the songs are pop R&B, and we jam on them.”

The new album, Squeeze It, drops March 31. 

Check out the silky smooth sound of the lead cut “Wavelength” in this tour promo video...

Noy’s muse has led him all over the musical map, and it’s always cool to hear him apply his skewed harmonic sense and devastating groove in a new direction.

Thistlethwayte brings a bit of a Stevie Wonder flavor to the mix, and it’s fun to hear their seemingly disparate elements literally “Come Together” as they do on their groovy take of the Beatles’ classic that kicked off the debut album.

We’ve done many events with Oz and he always delivers novel ways to worm his patented Strat jazz tones laced with otherworldly effects into our earholes.

Come show your appreciation for his wonderful weirdness at Yoshi’s in Oakland on the third Monday in March. Solidify your support with advance tickets.


For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see ‘GP’ Presents Ozone Squeeze email gp@jimmyleslie.com and put “Ozone” in the subject. Include a sentence about yourself and why you want to go.

Phone contact greatly appreciated for confirmation.

Winner must provide his or her own transportation to Yoshi’s in Oakland, California on Monday, March 20, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area.

Best of luck!


GP Presents Ozone Squeeze

Monday, March 20

Jack London Square
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA.

7:30pm doors, 8:00pm show, All Ages

Free GP magazines, and Martin strings.

Jimmy Leslie has been Frets editor since 2016. See many Guitar Player- and Frets-related videos on his YouTube channel, and learn about his acoustic/electric rock group at spirithustler.com.