Helen Sung West Coast October window

Helen Sung contemplating a West Coast mini-tour and a large bottle of Belgian ale

Helen Sung contemplating a West Coast mini-tour and a large bottle of Belgian ale

The lovely and talented composer and pianist Helen Sung, from Brooklyn and Houston but friend and cousin of Chilombicans worldwide will grace us on the West Coast for a too-scant five day window next month, October 4 thru October 7, with stops in LA at Blue Whale, Yoshi’s Oakland, the Berkeley JazzSchool for a clinic — and I thought there was something at Bach Dancing and Dynamite but they may have been bounced by a force majeur in the passing of Pete Douglas — they have October 4 and 5 as a set of tribute shows featuring 50 musicians. With due respect to Pete — with whom I had a lunch once I fondly recall — I might honor his spirit more by trying to catch up with Helen – – who is a Palo Altan indirectly in that her cousin Juliet Lee is married to Andres Fajardo — the founders of the Chilombican movement: part Chinese, part American, part Colombian.

October 6 is also my dad’s 90th birthday if that portends something dramatic and jazzy, as in Shakespeare when trees fly and strange noises fill the air. Or maybe I am dipping into too deeply my Monk branded Belgian ale.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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