Helsinki Hudson to Host Don Byron and Friends Nov. 28

Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and member of the Black Rock Coalition Don Byron is gathering his friends for a night of Jr. Walker, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and more at Hudson’s Club Helsinki Saturday, Nov. 28.

Byron will be joined by keyboardist Pete Levin, bassist Scott Petito, vocalist Dean Bowman, drummer/percussionist Zachary Alford and guitarist Matt Finck.

The show is billed as a soul, funk and jazz exploration with material drawn mainly from Byron’s 2006 album Do the Boomerang – the Music of Jr. Walker and the Allstars. 

Byron was named Jazz Artist of the Year by Downbeat magazine in 1992 as well as the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His impressive career highlights include recording with Allen Toussaint, Marc Ribot, Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell and Joe Henry. Described as musically omnivorous, Byron has dipped his toes in many styles of music throughout his career. Klezmer music, “cartoon music” of Raymond Scott, rock, metal and rap are all within Byron’s comfort zone.

His bandmates for this show carry resumes just as impressive, collectively performing with Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, the B52s, George Clinton, James Taylor, Chick Corea, Keith Richards, Dave Brubeck Gil Evans, the Brecker Brothers, Annie Lennox, Paul Simon and John Medeski.

Tickets to the show are $25 and may be purchased online through Club Helsinki’s website.