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15th March 2022

The College welcomes jazz legends for a unique two-day student experience

 The City of Liverpool College will be opening its doors to share live music with the community once again this month, when it welcomes jazz trio Charged Particles with tenor saxophonist Tod Dickow at The Arts Centre.

As part of a two-day event, The City of Liverpool College has invited the US-based jazz group to the College, where they will run musical workshops with students before hosting a concert open to the general public.

Based in California and soon to be celebrating their 30th anniversary, Charged Particles crosses stylistic boundaries and blends multiple traditions to create multifaceted jazz.

Arriving at the College on Wednesday 23rd March, the critically acclaimed trio will host an afternoon of jazz-related workshops to the COLC students that bring to life the fun of America’s original musical style: jazz.


a band of older gentlemen playing music on stage


In the educational workshops, which the group have been running across the world for a number of years, students will have the chance to learn about the four building blocks of jazz, as well as experience first-hand through a demonstration by the group, how a world-famous melody can sound very different if accompanied by different harmonies or if played over different rhythmic grooves.

Charged Particles’ educational presentations showcase the unusual instruments played in the world of jazz, including those manufactured by themselves, as well tell the story of their journey into the world of jazz. The band members include full-time educators, one of which is a university professor, who use the workshops to inform students the benefits of merging a career in musical performance with other professional work.

Students can book onto the limited-space workshops free of charge when they purchase a ticket for the concert taking place on Thursday night.

On the second day of their Liverpool visit, Charged Particles will combine their concert rehearsals with an educational experience that gives students a first-hand look into the preparation that takes place ahead of a music event. Students enrolled onto the College’s production course will be asked to take part in the band’s technical run, while journalism students will get the opportunity to interview the group.

As part of the night’s events, Charging Particles have encouraged student participation during the concert, so anyone interested in getting musically involved is encouraged to attend the open rehearsal in G2 between 1-4pm on the day to get more acquainted with the band and their tunes.

Kickstarting the evening’s events with a talk will be American jazz critic and journalist Bill Molkowski, one of the most recognised jazz artists to date, before Charged Particles take centre stage at 8:30pm, performing music from their new CD, “Live at the Baked Potato!”, featuring compositions of jazz superstar Michael Brecker.

Tickets for Charged Particles concert are between £8-10, and can be purchased here.

Rebecca Gooch, Head of School Expressive Arts and Media Academy at The City of Liverpool College, said:

“We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Charging Particles and Tod Dickow to the College this month and having the pleasure to be part of their UK tour.

“This is a unique opportunity that we’re thrilled to be bringing to the students. Charged Particles along with Tod Dickow are among the leading names of jazz and play such an important part in inspiring the new generation of musicians. I look forward to seeing our students getting involved in the unique workshops the group are hosting and hope some will take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the group on stage during their concert which is open to the general public.”

Doors open at 7pm and attendees must show proof of a negative Covid-19 lateral flow test on arrival.

To purchase a ticket for the event, click here.

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