Don Byron to front eclectic sextet at Helsinki Hudson

Don Byron (photo by Dion Ogust)

The great jazz reed-player and student of style Don Byron came to fame with his avant-garde klezmer fusion. This was followed by scholarly and inspired excursions into funk, eccentric swing and gospel, as well as a modicum of traditional jazz, Minimalist composition and free improvisation. Byron teams up with an assembly of local heavies for a show at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Saturday, November 28 at 9 p.m.

The six-piece ensemble includes Bowie drummer Zachary Alford, jazz guitarist Matt Finck, bassist and producer Scott Petito, organmaster Pete Levin and Screaming Headless Torso vocalist Dean Bowman. Given this rather bizarre range of talents, it is hard to imagine how all this will sound; but with Byron at the reins, it is certain that it will sound like something very purposeful.

Admission costs $25. Club Helsinki is located at 405 Columbia Street in Hudson. For more information, visit




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