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Finnish Jazz Comes to Berkeley By KEN BULLOCK Special to the Planet

Friday March 31, 2006

The Jazz House, homeless this past year and a half since losing their lease on Adeline Street, is coming back to Berkeley tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m. with a show by young Finnish drummer Andre Sumelius, with his countryman, saxophonist Jussi Kannaste, and bassist John Shifflett, at Da Silva’s Ukelele Shop, 2547 Eighth St., co-produced by Berkeley Arts Festival. Sumelius won the Finnish Grammy for his 2001 album Kira.  

“Andre plays straight-ahead jazz,” said Rob Woolworth. “He first met local players right after he moved here, jamming with Howard Wiley and Dana Stephens at The Jazz House. He fit right in. Steve Da Silva’s Ukelele Shop has mostly featured intimate, world music-type shows, like house parties. It should be perfect for Andre’s trio.” 


André Sumelius trio performs March 31, 8 p.m., at DaSilva Ukulele Company, 2547 8th St., No. 28, Berkeley. Tickets $10. For more information, see