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UCCS VAPA Music at the Mezzanine: Open Loose 

When: Tue., March 31, 7 p.m. 2015
Phone: 719-255-5134

For fans of that most skronky and perplexing of genres known as free jazz, Mark Helias' résumé reads like a hyperactive hit parade. The New York City bassist started out in a quartet led by Anthony Braxton, an avant-garde legend whose compositions were based on mathematical principles. From there, he went on to play with other groundbreaking artists like Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill and Don Byron. Helias' own trio, Open Loose, is a collaboration with tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey, with music that tends to vacillate between avant-garde improvisations and more traditional jazz approaches. They'll take the stage at The Mezzanine (20 N. Tejon St., tonight for a 7 o'clock set featuring music from The Signal Maker, which is, coincidentally enough, scheduled for March 31 release. Admission is $10. ( — Bill Forman



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