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Setting the Tabla

How would you spend your birthday if you were a classically trained tabla player with an ear for global music and out-of-kilter rhythms of all kinds? If you’re mountain-dwelling Andy Skellenger, you might just corral your best friends for a jam in the city — and then invite the entire city. Skellenger, whose fascination with “weird” rhythms took him all the way to India to study tabla with the pros, will host an Epic World Music Jazz Collaboration tonight at Dazzle, 930 Lincoln Street, featuring a cast of very fine home-grown players in genres from all over the map.

“It’s so rare that I put something like this together, and I liked the idea of getting people together who have never collaborated,” Skellenger explains. “So I just invited everybody in to have a blowout.” That everybody ranges from Greg Harris and his Vibe Quintet to Matt Skellenger, Glenn Taylor, Miguel Espinosa and many others offering everything from North Indian classical grooves to flamenco, African pop, gypsy jazz and fusion. They’ll start playing at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10 — a small price to pay for that much music and local talent. For more information, go to or call 303-839-5100.
Mon., Aug. 27, 7 p.m., 2012


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