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Woodwind Master Vinny Golia Leads Duos at 98 Bottles

San Diego jazz guitarist Nate Jarrell and drummer Jeanette Kangas don't just make hip music together. The two musicians, along with Kangas' partner Suzann Gage have formed a non-profit organization, the San Diego Center for the Arts, which is making a huge splash in just 9 days by presenting the multi-woodwind virtuoso Vinny Golia in duo with Rick Helzer, in addition to the twosome of LA flutist Ellen Burr and Wichita bass clarinetist Michael William Von Unruh at 98 Bottles on March 31, 8 p.m.

"I play with Jeanette a lot and they asked me to work with them putting on monthly concerts. Our goal is to promote creative music, all the proceeds go directly to the performing artists. Both Jeanette and I are big Vinny Golia fans and she had wanted to bring him down for quite some time," says Jarrell.

Golia will perform with pianist/ San Diego State music prof. Helzer, who recorded an album with the saxophonist, Fancy Meeting You Here eight years ago on the Nine Winds record label that Golia has operated since the late 70s.

"Rick and I met many years ago , one night we played an impromptu duet that morphed into a couple of Carla Bley tunes. Since then we looked for chances to play together. We both have written charts but we never know what we will do until we start playing," said Golia via e-mail from a New York gig, adding, "Rick is a monster player who can go anywhere."

Golia has mastered the entire woodwind family including dozens of ethnic flutes, single and double reed instruments. He is devastating on the Tubax, a custom-made refinement on the huge contrabass saxophone, on which he sounds like John Coltrane shredding a foghorn.

I asked him if he'd be bringing the Tubax to the gig.

"I'll use a different flutes, saxophones and clarinets, but the Tubax--I do not think so," said Golia.

The other featured duo, Burr and Von Unruh, have recently logged a ton of hours together from October 2010 to the present, recording more than 10 hours of improvised music. Their unique blend of bass clarinet and various flutes figures to provide rich sonorities and wicked contrasts.

Burr is active in the LA free-improvising community and has performed with Golia, and appeared on more than thirty recordings with luminaries like Adam Rudolph, Harris Eisenstadt and Andrew Pask.

Von Unruh is a bass clarinetist with the Wichita Symphony and a creative musician in the Wichita area. He is featured on three CD's with the Bodo Ensemble and two with Oklahoma guitarist Max Ridgeway.

If you love adventurous, innovative music, this is a must see concert. Golia is the most accomplished multi-instrumentalist living on this planet right now. As far as I know, this is one of a handful of gigs he's played San Diego in the last twenty years. I saw several of them, and believe me, you don't want to miss this.

98 Bottles is a small venue that fills up quickly. Be there. Early.

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San Diego jazz guitarist Nate Jarrell and drummer Jeanette Kangas don't just make hip music together. The two musicians, along with Kangas' partner Suzann Gage have formed a non-profit organization, the San Diego Center for the Arts, which is making a huge splash in just 9 days by presenting the multi-woodwind virtuoso Vinny Golia in duo with Rick Helzer, in addition to the twosome of LA flutist Ellen Burr and Wichita bass clarinetist Michael William Von Unruh at 98 Bottles on March 31, 8 p.m.

"I play with Jeanette a lot and they asked me to work with them putting on monthly concerts. Our goal is to promote creative music, all the proceeds go directly to the performing artists. Both Jeanette and I are big Vinny Golia fans and she had wanted to bring him down for quite some time," says Jarrell.

Golia will perform with pianist/ San Diego State music prof. Helzer, who recorded an album with the saxophonist, Fancy Meeting You Here eight years ago on the Nine Winds record label that Golia has operated since the late 70s.

"Rick and I met many years ago , one night we played an impromptu duet that morphed into a couple of Carla Bley tunes. Since then we looked for chances to play together. We both have written charts but we never know what we will do until we start playing," said Golia via e-mail from a New York gig, adding, "Rick is a monster player who can go anywhere."

Golia has mastered the entire woodwind family including dozens of ethnic flutes, single and double reed instruments. He is devastating on the Tubax, a custom-made refinement on the huge contrabass saxophone, on which he sounds like John Coltrane shredding a foghorn.

I asked him if he'd be bringing the Tubax to the gig.

"I'll use a different flutes, saxophones and clarinets, but the Tubax--I do not think so," said Golia.

The other featured duo, Burr and Von Unruh, have recently logged a ton of hours together from October 2010 to the present, recording more than 10 hours of improvised music. Their unique blend of bass clarinet and various flutes figures to provide rich sonorities and wicked contrasts.

Burr is active in the LA free-improvising community and has performed with Golia, and appeared on more than thirty recordings with luminaries like Adam Rudolph, Harris Eisenstadt and Andrew Pask.

Von Unruh is a bass clarinetist with the Wichita Symphony and a creative musician in the Wichita area. He is featured on three CD's with the Bodo Ensemble and two with Oklahoma guitarist Max Ridgeway.

If you love adventurous, innovative music, this is a must see concert. Golia is the most accomplished multi-instrumentalist living on this planet right now. As far as I know, this is one of a handful of gigs he's played San Diego in the last twenty years. I saw several of them, and believe me, you don't want to miss this.

98 Bottles is a small venue that fills up quickly. Be there. Early.

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