Rich Hinrichsen
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Rich Hinrichsen

Seattle, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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Rich Hinrichsen @ Seattle Hempfest

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

Jul
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Rich Hinrichsen @ The Hearthstone

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Rich Hinrichsen is a tango singer and jazz pianist who recently released his first jazz CD of original fun-loving globally-inspired songs with stalwart Northwest musicians including Chuck Deardorf (bass), Todd Strait (drums), and Marco de Carvalho (guitar). Rich was inspired to take up music by his Father Bill who sang songs from musicals and played guitar, performing songs like "Try To Remember" from The Fantasticks. He took up the violin at age 8, switched to the double bass at 11, and began studying the piano at 13. At 15 he played bass for a college vocal jazz group, which included his brother Mike (singing bass), and toured California. In college, Rich (piano, bass) studied with jazz guitarist Al Galante, and led a jazz quintet (pictured below on the far right). In the late 1980s, while in Clemson S.C., he played bass with "Jazz Essence," a trio that included Dick Underwood on piano, and played bebop in the tradition of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, and Bud Powell.

Today he is recording an album of songs he wrote over the last 30 odd years. He has had the privilege of recording with several Northwest jazz stalwarts. Musical personnel on the project include Todd Strait (drums), Tom Wakeling (bass), Chuck Deardorf (bass), Eric Eagle (drums), Gavin Bondy (flugelhorn, trumpet), David Evans (tenor sax), Fred Hoadley (piano), Shanna Anjali (vocal), Carlos Cascante (vocal, percussion), Jeff "Bongo" Busch (percussion), Marisol Berrios-Miranda (percussion), Marco de Carvalho (guitar), Kirsten James (flute) and Bill MacDonough (piano). The album, which is he considers a present to himself on the occasion of his 52nd birthday, was released in March 2014 at a series of concerts in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and his hometown of Longview, WA

His compositions focus on melody and color and various jazz styles can be heard including samba, bossa-nova, and be-bop, along with some that cannot be easily categorized. 

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