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Tod Dickow with Charged Particles – Friday, July 12 at 8 pm

Tod Dickow with Charged Particles

Tod Dickow, saxophone; Murray Low, keyboards; Aaron Germain, acoustic & electric bass; Jon Krosnick, drums

John Coltrane A Love Supreme

The Bay Area’s favorite trio playing funky Latin jazz, Charged Particles is now in its 28th year of making music and performs about 150 times each year around the world. They toured recently in Indonesia, Canada, and England, and their upcoming tours include Italy, Switzerland, and Austria, in addition to performances all over California. Downbeat Magazine called the band “something special” and “inventive, invigorating, mesmerizing, beautiful, virtuosic, and lyrical.”  Jazz Times magazine said they’re “an enormously talented trio”.

During this concert, the trio will accompany virtuoso and Downbeat Award-winning tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow. A Bay Area native, Tod has appeared with numerous celebrated artists in many genres of music, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Jackie & Roy, Harry Connick Jr, Steve Allen, Terry Gibbs, Frank Sinatra Jr., Dave Brubeck, and many more

As is true for so many other jazz tenor players, Tod’s playing and composing are powerfully influenced by John Coltrane. But Tod is unique in having captured the essence of Coltrane’s spirit on the instrument, making Tod the perfect artist to perform Coltrane’s masterpiece, A Love Supreme. In this concert honoring the late-great superstar of the genre, other pieces to be performed will bring to life his spirit, sound, and musicality.

A Love Supreme is a musical epoch in four parts: Acknowledgment, Resolution, Pursuance, and Psalm. Although the extended composition is jazz at its heart, listeners of classical music will hear elements of major choral works. In his liner notes, Coltrane said that he wrote the piece to communicate elation, elegance, and exaltation.

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