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April 4, 2015 – You may have read the news that Joshua Redman Quartet is the closing headliner for the Alfano Motorcars Presents: the 2nd Annual 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLO Jazz Festival” in the Mission Plaza at San Luis Obispo, May 16, 2015, from 11AM – 10PM. But he isn't the only Grammy nominated saxophonist performing this year.

We also are quite thrilled to offer one of the most beloved soprano saxophonists, Grammy award winning Paul McCandless (from Oregon), performing many of his original compositions with a fabulous contemporary jazz band from the San Francisco Bay Area, Charged Particles.

(Above: Paul McCandless)

This will be a special performance, opening right on the main stage near the church steps, to give you a great reason to begin your day at the SLO Jazz Festival.

Tickets are on sale now at all Vallitix locations, Boo Boo Records, and 1-888-825-5484, and more acts are being added daily!

About Paul McCandless:
A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, he specializes on the oboe, English horn, bass clarinet, soprano and sopranino saxophones and a collection of folk flutes reflecting his grounding in both classical and jazz disciplines. A student of Robert Bloom at the Manhattan School of Music, he was a finalist in the 1971 English horn auditions for the New York Philharmonic. As a collaborator and solo artist he is credited with more than 200 albums and performances with such musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Carla Bley, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7 and Fred Simon.

In 1996 he won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. McCandless’ fine tuned compositional skills have been called upon for a number of film scores. Most notably he wrote music for the video Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, a Rabbit Ears Production with Graham Greene as narrator. Paul recorded three of his orchestral scores for a CD called “Oregon In Moscow” featuring OREGON and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Orchestra.
“ Round Robin,” the opening track received two 2001 Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement. As an orchestral soloist he has performed with the Camerata chamber orchestra of Mexico City, St Paul chamber orchestra, and the Philadelphia, Buffalo, Los Angeles and Stuttgart symphony orchestras.

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Charged Particles: The most exciting and creative music being made today crosses stylistic boundaries and blends multiple traditions to create vital new sounds.  Charged Particles features three of the country's virtuosos doing just that in the electric jazz arena.  Murray Low is a keyboard wizard with dazzling Latin-jazz technique and imaginative improvisational skills.  Aaron Germain is an inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist.  Along with fiery drummer Jon Krosnick, these players are making some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today.

The trio's repertoire blends jazz styles with elements from Latin music, classical music, funk, and more.  The group's original compositions are mixtures of elaborate orchestration and opportunities for creative improvised solos.  

All of the trio's music has a distinctly acoustic sensibility, despite the fact that the members play both electric and acoustic instruments.  The group's small size allows for great sensitivity and spontaneity among the players, making each performance an enchanting improvisational exploration.   The band's energy level is always high, even when they are cooking at a volume no louder than a whisper, or floating through the melody of a romantic ballad.  Each piece they play brims with the fun the players have together and with the admiration they have for each other.  Charged Particles are a treat to hear!

Learn more about the trio at their website:

Watch Charged Particles with Paul McCandless here:

SLO Jazz Festival, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping residents and patrons of San Luis Obispo celebrate the human spirit through jazz music, one event at a time. Featuring year-round events, including the Alfano Motorcars Presents: the 2nd Annual 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLO Jazz Festival on May 16, 2015. Proceeds from the jazz festival benefit the 2nd Annual 2015 Summer Jazz Workshop for our youth to learn jazz in a combo format. Our organization offers many more reasons to get involved, listen, donate, sponsor, and join as a member. Visit our website at for more details.

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