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Mark Helias gives an exclusive solo performance on double bass in Grand Rapids

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Helias played two sets at Mexicains Sans Frontieres on Sunday.

Helias played two sets at Mexicains Sans Frontieres on Sunday. /andynew

Mark Helias, the renowned jazz double bassist, of New Brunswick, New Jersey,made a stop in Grand Rapids on Nov. 7 at Mexicains Sans Frontieres. Known for his work with many jazz greats (Ray Anderson, Gerry Hemingway, Anthony Braxton, Julius Hemphill, Cuong Vu, and Mose Alison), Helias also shares his passion for music through his teaching at Sarah Lawrence College,The New School, and SIM (School for Improvised Music). 

Having played in Chicago's popular Umbrella Fest on Nov.6, Helias played two sets at Mexicains Sans Frontieres on Sunday starting at 8 p.m. Blue Lake Radio will recorded the show for later broadcast. In addition to the Grand Rapids appearance, Helias will be appearing at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor tonight (Monday, Nov.8).

This event will be a rare opportunity to see Helias perform live in a solo performance setting. 

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