The landmark saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist from the band Oregon
During a distinguished career spanning over four decades, Paul McCandless has brought the soaring lyricism in his playing and composing to the ensemble sound of two iconic bands of jazz: the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet Oregon. A gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, Paul specializes in 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. He has performed on more than 200 albums and appeared with such renowned all-star musicians as Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Wynton Marsalis, Lyle Mays, Mark Isham, Steve Reich, Al Jarreau, Bruce Hornsby, Art Lande, Carla Bley, Tony Furtado, the String Cheese Incident, Nguyen Le, Proteus 7, Fred Simon, and many more. In 1996, Paul won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He also won Grammys in 2007 and 2011 with the Paul Winter Consort.
The McCandless/Charged Particles project is bringing alive McCandless’ repertoire of original compositions that have been featured on his solo records over the years. This collaboration with Charged Particles showcases music from his records with a fresh twist and new energy.
The group premiered their collaboration on the main stage at the famed jazz club Yoshi’s San Francisco in 2014. Since then, high points for the group have included opening the main stage performances at the 2015 San Luis Obispo Jazz Festival and closing the Portola Vineyards Summer Concert Series.
The music being played traverses a wide range of genres, including swinging jazz, funky fusion-ish tunes, romantic ballads, purely improvised adventures, and original McCandless styles that have no names. The band’s performances on the east coast will feature these four musicians as they explore the musical mind of one of today’s living geniuses. The performances will be of great interest to long-time McCandless fans who have been waiting for years to hear him again, live, playing his own music with fresh energy.