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Yuba Rio Hot Club to play The Open Book in Grass Valley

Yuba Rio Hot Club
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With their unique blend of Gypsy and Brazilian Jazz, Yuba Rio Hot Club will light up The Open Book (formerly Tomes) at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13.

Inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s Quintette du Hot Club de France, the sound of the 1930s and ’40s, this group also blends Bossa Nova and Jazz flavors into their repertoire.

Formerly known as “Norm and Tubby’s Hot Club”, Yuba Rio Hot Club was founded by Norm and Elizabeth (Tubby) Johnson. Norm started playing guitar at the age of 10 in Southern California and during the 60’s played in various bands with his brother, Conrad. He led a local Hot Club style band called the Djunkyard Gypsies from 2000 to 2007 and in 2005 began to teach his wife, Tubby, how to play rhythm guitar. She was soon in the band playing guitar and percussion.



Denise van Kriedt, “Nici”, began playing the violin at age 7. Born in San Francisco into a musical family, she was surrounded by the sounds of jazz and classical music. Her father, the renowned jazz composer and musician Dave Van Kriedt, recorded with giants as Dave Brubeck, Stan Kenton and many more. Nici settled in Nevada County in 1973 and has been teaching violin, fiddle, mandolin, and music theory here for many years. She plays 1st violin in the Sierra College “OLLIE” Orchestra and has played with many combos of Blue Grass, Country Rock, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Classical, Jazz … you name it! Niçi has been a member of the The Hot Club for the past year and a half.

The band appears in several line-ups and for this performance will be a quartet, with Stan Sanderson on stand-up bass and guitar. Stan has been a member of Yuba Rio Hot Club since 2007. Get out your dancing shoes, folks. You may not want to sit still for this one!




Tickets are $15, available at the Briarpatch Coop and at the door. For more info call The Open Book at (530) 273-4002.


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