Wed Nov 16

Tod Dickow and Charged Particles with Special Guest Randy Brecker

Wed, November 16
9PM / $25
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Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Charged Particles

“Tod Dickow has captured the magic and brilliance of Brecker and saturates the group with power and purpose. All three rhythm section members bring excitement and creativity to the bandstand.” - L.A. Jazz Scene

“Dickow proves to be a master at feeling Brecker's sound. Classic Brecker pieces, teeming with technical difficulties, are mastered by Dickow with a nonchalance that is indeed second to none. A powerhouse band.” - Jazzthetik Magazine

Play the Music of Michael Brecker

“Tod Dickow has captured the magic and brilliance of Brecker and saturates the group with power and purpose. All three rhythm section members bring excitement and creativity to the bandstand.” - L.A. Jazz Scene

“Dickow proves to be a master at feeling Brecker's sound. Classic Brecker pieces, teeming with technical difficulties, are mastered by Dickow with a nonchalance that is indeed second to none. A powerhouse band.” - Jazzthetik Magazine

Last year, Bay Area jazz trio Charged Particles and tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow joined forces on the Summit Records album, Live at the Baked Potato!, a powerful tribute to the late saxophonist Michael Brecker. They'll offer their exciting takes on Brecker’s compositions on Wednesday, November 16 at Blues Alley. Members of Charged Particles are pianist Greg Sankovich, bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Jon Krosnick.   They will be joined by Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker.

Dickow is a first-call player on the San Francisco scene, is a winner of the Outstanding Soloist Award from Downbeat, and was called “one of the best saxophonists in the world” by Jazz Life Magazine. He has captured the essence of Michael's spirit on the instrument – Brecker’s biographer, Bill Milkowski, said, “the sheer force of Dickow’s lines lift the entire band, while his passionate intensity and Breckerian authority immediately command attention.”

Charged Particles is the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite funky Latin jazz trio - they have toured Indonesia, the U.K., Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, and have performed in the U.S. at famed jazz clubs including Yoshi’s, Birdland, Blues Alley, the Dakota, the Deer Head Inn, the Falcon, Nighttown, and at the Musical Instrument Museum, the Columbus Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the San Luis Obispo Jazz Festival, the Eureka Springs Jazz Festival, and in hundreds of other venues over their 30 years of music-making.

Downbeat called the band “something special” and “inventive, invigorating, mesmerizing, beautiful, virtuosic, and lyrical.” Their CD of Brecker compositions was named one of the best CDs of 2021 by Jazzwise, JazzTimes, the Jazz Journalists Association, the 16th Annual Jazz Critics Poll, and more. Milkowski said the recording is “staggering in its authenticity.” Randy Brecker said the recording is “smoking and intense from beginning to end.” Downbeat said it offers “exciting, satisfying stuff."

Some proceeds from the performance will be donated to the Michael Brecker Family Foundation, which focuses on blood cancer research and jazz scholarship.

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Wed, November 16

9PM / $25
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*Please note:
1. Final sale, no refunds, not transferable.
2. $15 food/beverage minimum per person not included in ticket price.
3. Seating first come at the door. Doors open 6 PM & 8:45 PM respectively.
4. Photography or Recording of any kind is prohibited during the performance.
5. Keep conversation to a minimum during the performance.

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