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Crushing the borders of jazz

Seattle-based quartet Das Vibenbass is heading out from its hometown to bring progressive and innovative jazz to clubs along the West Coast. With a sound self-described as "crushing jazz," the group fully intends to challenge the borders of jazz and stamp out a recognizable identity for itself.

Geoff Larson and J.C. Bockman structure the group with bass and drums, respectively. Josh Clifford lends his versatile tenor saxophone and Justin Sorensen brings a contemporary approach to the vibraphone.

Das Vibenbass will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Avalon Bar and Grill, 105 W. Valley View Road, Talent.

The quartet completed a West Coast tour in late 2007 that included stops at San Francisco's Boom Boom Room and the Mint, a landmark nightclub in Los Angeles. Upcoming gigs include two nights at the Boom Boom Room, and the band performs regularly at the Triple Door in Seattle.

Vibenbass also was nominated, alongside pianist Wayne Horvitz, for Best Experimental Jazz act in the Seattle Weekly's "Best of 2006." Tours across the United States, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, along with the successful 2007 West Coast tour, have garnered a solid fan base for the jazz group,

Das Vibenbass released two independent albums in 2006, "Animals and Robots" and "Mindwrestling." "Animals and Robots" sold about 1,000 copies in six months, and the group held a spot in the top five on Seattle's KEXP jazz charts for more than five months.

Since the release of Das Vibenbass' latest record, "Fodakis," in June 2007, the band has donated half of the album's profits to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports music education programs in schools nationwide through donations of musical instruments.

The show at the Avalon is open to all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cover costs $12, and reservations are recommended. Call 512-8864.

Left to right, Justin Sorensen, vibraphone, Josh Clifford, tenor sax, Geoff Larson, bass, and J.C. Bockman, drums, make the lineup of Das Vibenbass. - Photo courtesy of Das Vibenbass