hey, they've got some cool stuff on the calender this week. i just thought i'd share. [ THURSDAY, MAY 20th ] =================== We kick it all off with the return of the very popular bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles. For the few of you not familiar, this grouping brings together the best on the Bay Area's clarinet masters Cornelius Boots, Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg, and Jacob Lindsay ..very unique sound from the groups website, original low end etudes, rerenderings of several rock, gospel, boogie woogie tunes, and Renaissance motets. Edmund Welles: Muzak for conspiracy theorists. (On the first reading, I thought that said Renaissance motels .and I thought this should be exciting but well save that for a future show.). You do not want to miss their rendition of The Doors People Are Strange on four bass clarinets! AND if that wasnt enough for the evenings festivities at the Renaissance Motel .Ches Smith is also on the bill doing a VERY RARE SOLO PERFORMANCE! You might be familiar with Ches unique playing style from such collaborations as Good For Cows and John Schotts Typical Orchestra but this time, hes stepping out alone who knows what to expect form this set? www.corneliusboots.com www.chessmith.com Doors @ 7:30pm..... Show @ 8:00pm..... Price = $8 18 sliding scale. ================= [ FRIDAY, MAY 21st ] ================= On Friday .Mark Helias and Ray Anderson. Many of you may be familiar with New York-based, internationally known, Helias and Anderson and their work with drummer Gerry Hemmingway in the Bass Drum Bone trio, however we are welcoming them to The Jazz House in a very unique duo setting. This is another show not to be missed as these cats dont get out this way too often. Mark Helias has played bass with the likes of Anthony Braxton and Don Cherry. As the All Music Guide states, he is a versatile bassist with a particular flair for the avant-garde is also an underappreciated composer, and no slouch with a funk groove either. Trombonist Ray Anderson has also recorded with Anthony Braxton, and a huge list of others including John Scofield, Charlie Haden, and even Hall & Oates he also has a very extensive list of recordings in his own name. Ray Andersons rangy trombone playing comes into the sunshine in virtually all of the innumerable settings hes assembled over the past decade. Bleating, splating, and moaning on his horn, hes a delightful extrovert. The New Yorker www.markhelias.com www.rayanderson.com Doors @ 7:30pm..... Show @ 8:00pm..... Price = $15 (How cool is it that we have a Cornelius and a Helius on the calendar this week? o.k so it doesnt take much to amuse ) ================= [ SUNDAY, MAY 23rd ] ================= Sunday .two wonderful up-and-coming, catch them now while theyre still in the area, singer-songwriter, Americana, rootsy, folk, alt-country, guitar strummin sets with Sean Corkery and The Pickin Trix! Sean is exploding onto the scene doing originals from his very successful debut c.d. titled Lefty, as well as covers of tunes ranging from Tom Waits to Guns n Roses. And speaking of exploding onto the scene The Pickin Trix opened a show at The Jazz House just a few short months ago and were a huge success then. Now, Xenia Rudnycka and Camille Anderson are back with a quickness, to headline their own evening of original tunes (many with hilarious and insightful political and current event themes). And pick up a copy of this weeks East Bay Express for more info on the groups/show as this show is being featured in this week! www.angelfire.com/sc3/tooflesssean http://www.geocities.com/pickintrix/ Doors @ 7:30pm..... Show @ 8:00pm..... Price = $7 12 sliding scale.