Jazz In the Bay

The best live jazz in San Francisco Bay Area

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Charged Particles

For nearly 30 years, bay area based electro-acoustic trio Charged Particles has created a variety of genre-blending projects marked by elaborate arrangements and fiery performances.

Founded by Stanford professor and drummer Jon Krosnick, the group’s third incarnation features ace bassist Aaron Germain and pianist/keyboardist Murray Low, a widely esteemed Latin jazz expert. Together, the group covers a broad spectrum of jazz with an emphasis on fusion's heavy doses of synthesizers and amplified instruments.

The trio's repertoire blends jazz with elements of Latin music,funk, classical music, and other genres.  The group's original compositions are mixtures of complex orchestration and elaborate improvised solos.  The band brings a similar approach to playing arrangements of tunes by other jazz artists and traditional jazz standards by the composers of America's most popular songs from decades ago, each played with a new twist. 

The band has been collaborating regularly with powerhouse vocalist Rocío Guitard, and with Bay Area tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow celebrating the music of Michael Brecker, encompassing his funk and fusion music. The most exciting recent innovation for the group has been its collaboration with powerhouse reed player Paul McCandless (of the famed super-group Oregon) playing his own compositions.  The group has been appearing as headliners at the famed jazz clubs Birdland (New York City), Blues Alley (Washington, DC), Yoshi's, and Stanford Jazz Festival.

inventive, invigorating, mesmerizing, hard-hitting, beautiful, virtuosic, and lyrical.
— Downbeat Magazine
Tight interplay was the watchword as the threesome took difficult fusion themes and applied its own twists with spark and personal flair.
— Los Angeles Times