THURSDAY APRIL 22



MUSIC FOR LUNCH

Duo pianists Lynn Lewis and Robin Chadwick wend their way through Ravel's decadently careening La Valse and storm through Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 1, which includes "Barcarole," "A Night for Love," and "Tears." Sherman-Clay Piano & Organ, 1624 Fourth Ave, 622-7580, 12:15 pm, free.

FRIDAY APRIL 23



SCORES OF SOUND DAY FOUR

Talented classical, jazz, and experimental student players from Cornish survey music from straight-ahead jazz to spiny electronic music. Check out the "Percussion Ensemble" at the hangover-unfriendly time of 10:30 am and the "Electronic Music" section at 11:30 am. For jazz, "Vocal Standards I" and the "Fusion Ensemble" start at 1:30 and 3:30 pm, respectively. For after-dinner entertainment, try "Classical Instrumental Soloists" at 7:30 pm and "Jazz Ensemble IV" at 9 pm. Kerry Hall at Cornish College, 710 E Roy St, 325-6500, 10:30 am, free.

SATURDAY APRIL 24



RASHIED ALI QUINTET

Renowned for his contributions to John Coltrane's late music (especially the landmark album Interstellar Space), Ali remains one of the seminal (not to mention volcanic) jazz drummers of the 1960s. Joining him are three young guns: Andy Coe on guitar, trumpeter (and Wynton Marsalis protégé) Jumaane Smith, and Coltrane scion Ravi Coltrane on saxophone. Bassist Reggie Workman, whose rasping, whinnying solo on "Waltz for My Mother" from Mal Waldron's You and the Night and the Music (ProJazz) still moves me to tears, anchors the quintet. The Triple Door, 216 Union St, 838-4333, sets at 7:30 and 10 pm, $20.

FRANÇOIS HOULE

A master of extended techniques (chirps, multiphonics, circular breathing, etc.), this virtuoso Canadian clarinetist treated listeners to a tour de force solo performance at Brechemin last November. Houle teams up with fellow improviser Jesse Zubot (violin, laptop) to probe the frontiers of electroacoustics, classical chamber music, improvisation, and folk music. Polestar Music Gallery, 1412 18th Ave at E Union St, 329-4224, 8 pm, $7.

SUNDAY APRIL 25



ORGAN PLUS

Oboist Patrick Kane joins organist Mel Butler in three seldom-heard works for the unlikely pairing of oboe and organ by Krebs, Rheinberger, and Telemann. Butler plays St. Mark's new Fritts organ in the intimate Thomsen Chapel and plunges into J. S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor along with works by Vincent Lübeck and Jan Sweelinck. Also on the program: the premiere of Seattle composer Marcus Oldham's L'aurore épanouit la rose ("Dawn brightens the rose"). Thomsen Chapel is snug, so call for reservations. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, 323-1040, 2 pm, $10 suggested donation.

TUESDAY APRIL 27



LATIN GIANTS OF JAZZ

Comprising members of the now-defunct Tito Puente Orchestra, this big band performs the music of the Holy Trinity of Latin Jazz Big Bandleaders: Machito, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez. Not to be missed. Also Wed April 28 at 8 pm, Thurs-Sat April 29-May 1 with sets at 8 and 10 pm, and Sun May 2 with early sets at 6:30 and 8:45 pm. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729, 8 pm, $19.50-$23.50.

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