ChickenBonz to play 7:30 p.m. Saturday at North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on San Juan Ridge.
Jazz and blues band ChickenBonz band will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge.
Ludi Hinrichs is the leader and composer for ChickenBonz.
In his youth in St. Louis, he learned jazz and blues.
“Jazz is America’s classical music,” he said.
“It’s based on working songs from the field, gospel music in churches and blues music,” he said. “It’s particularly prized because of its original and often haunting harmonies.”
Jazz uses variations on a common melody – much like the variations on a theme by Bach and Paganini.
According to Hinrichs, the concert Saturday will include original jazz pieces as well as music influenced by melodies and tempos from Eastern European song.
All the band members are vocalists, he said.
Hindrichs plays the piano, trombone as well as the didgeridoo.
Drums are handled by Jordan Glenn from Oakland whose skills and percussion expertise blended smoothly with ChickenBonz.
Murray Campbell from Nevada City — and originally Scotland — plays both violin and the fiddle.
Tom Hannickel on the upright bass and bass trombone has worked with Hindrichs for 22 years.
A few guests are also planned, including Callum McKean, a young trombonist with a bright sound and big future, and Cory Wright from Oakland, a renaissance flutist and composer.
Randy McKean plays the saxophone and bass clarinet with ChickenBonz and a number of other jazz groups.
Hinrichs has performed in a number of foreign countries as well as across the US.
He and poet Gary Snyder collaborated in a performance in Japan.
His music is based upon exposure to many international forms of music matched by a keen improviser’s ear.
One of the more challenging and rewarding commissions he received was back in 2000, when the city of Nevada City asked him to rewrite the National Anthem to be performed solo for the dedication of the renovated City Hall.
He remembers councilman Steve Cotrell’s wishes — ”Turn it around, you know, sort of in the way Jimi Hendrix did back when…” — the councilman told him, Hindrichs said.
“So when the time came, I first played the theme on piano as it may have sounded when Francis Scott Key adapted it, then on each successive verse added an element of my own, eventually scat singing, then wailing on the trombone to something which people still stop me on the street and comment on!” Hindrichs said.
“After classical piano and trombone studies at a St. Louis conservatory and jazz composition at the Berklee School in Boston, the search for essential music was not over for me,” he said.
The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is located at 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road off of Route 49 north of Nevada City. Phone is 530-265-2826
Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door; Advance tickets available at BriarPatch Co-op; Online tickets: http://www.paulemerymusic.com/tickets
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