Tod Dickow joins Charged Particles in playing the music of Michae Brecker, an innovator on the tenor saxophone whose unique voice and approach to the instrument influenced every performing saxophonist.
Tod Dickow, saxophone; Murray Low, keyboards; Aaron Germain, acoustic and electric bass; Jon Krosnick, drums
Charged Particles is a 29-year-old celebrated jazz trio, and they collaborate with saxophonist Tod Dickow in playing the music of jazz superstar, saxophonist Michael Brecker. Michael Brecker was an innovator on the tenor saxophone whose unique voice and approach to the instrument influenced every performing saxophonist. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, he was a prolific composer and leader of a range of different bands, as well as a guest soloist with many other ensembles. He was awarded some of the highest honors in jazz: an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee College of Music and induction into Down Beat Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
He led his own quartet and was co-leader of the Brecker Brothers (with his brother, trumpeter Randy Becker), Steps Ahead (with vibraphonist Mike Mainieri), the Pat Metheny-Michael Brecker “Special Quartet”, and Directions in Music, co-led with Herbie Hancock and Roy Hargrove.
He appeared in bands and on recordings led by Horace Silver, drummer Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, Elvin Jones, Claus Ogerman, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springstein, Roger Daltry, Parliament-Funkadelic, Tod Rundgren, Art Garfunkel, and many others. He was a long-term member of the band of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. His musical voice was heard on more than 700 records and at thousands of live concerts around the world. In January, 2007, the jazz world lost this giant to leukemia at the age of 57.
Tod Dickow and Charged Particles have been playing Brecker’s music for 5 years, and of their performances, reviewers have said: “Exceptional” (Palo Alto Jazz Alliance Chair), “What an amazing show” (Idyllwild Arts Foundation), “Wonderful show!” (Executive Director, Solvang Theater), “An electrifying concert. It was Greeeaaat!!!!!!!” (Vallejo Jazz Society), “Great program.” (Curator of the Livermore Jazz in July Series).