Jazz in the City | Tor Dietrichson

4/21/2019 | Frye Art Museum

Music Capitol Hill/Central District

Tor Dietrichson is a percussionist, vocalist, composer, music educator, and nationally recognized recording artist with over 35 years of experience. His extensive knowledge of both East Indian tabla and Afro Cuban conga gives him a unique perspective among his peers. He has been a grant recipient from the Washington State Arts Commission to teach Indian tabla drums and has received the prestigious Min-On Art Award from Daisaku Ikeda, leader of the Buddhist lay organization Soka Gakkai International. Dietrichson has also had a thriving teaching career, having instructed well over 1,000 local students in both tabla and conga drums. He has performed and recorded with a great variety of bands and solo musicians in the area as well, including Bochinche, Mangoson, and Children of the Revolution.
He currently performs with numerous bands of his own around the area. Four of his ensembles are featured on the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster. Mambo Cadillac is a Latin Jazz/Salsa band that has been thrilling audiences since April 2005 and features some of Seattle’s finest Latin musicians. His Blues oriented band, Tor Dietrichson Blues Machine, gives him a chance to show his skill as a Blues singer after honing his craft behind the scenes for 40 years. The Pleasure Seekers is collaboration with two great singer/songwriter guitarists, Reggie Garrett and Paul Benoit. The Cosmonauts is a mix of R&B, Brazilian, Cuban, Jazz and Blues. Orquesta Caribe is a Latin Jazz band, which features the amazing pianist Eric Verlinde. Global Village, his world fusion ensemble, is gearing up once again for local performances highlighting Dietrichson’s original compositions.

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