Lindsey Hundley. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Hundley.
Lindsey Hundley is Lady of Jazz By Melina Paris, Music and Culture Writer
Azar Lawrence Quartet at the Seabird Lounge John Beasley, piano; Marvin “Smitty” Smith, drums; Jeff Littleton, bass, and guest vocalist Windy Barnes will be performing. The cover is $15 and starts at 9:30p.m. Details: seabirdjazzlounge.com Venue: Seabird Lounge Location: 730 E. Broadway, Long Beach
Harbor Grooves Harbor Grooves is performing, at 9 p.m. March 28, at Godmothers Saloon. Details: (310) 833-1589; www.godmotherssaloon.com Venue: Godmothers Saloon Location: 302 W. 7th St., San Pedro
Revolver Revolver is performing, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 29, at the San Pedro Brewing Company. They will be playing rock music. The cover charge is $3. Details: (310) 831-5663; www.sanpedrobrewing.com Venue: San Pedro Brewing Company Location: 331 W. 6th St., San Pedro
Community/Family March 22
Ranger Guided Family Walk at the White Point Nature Preserve Free family hike guided by LA City Rangers through the beautiful 102-acre White Point Nature Preserve, every second Saturday. Details: www.pvplc.org Venue: White Point Nature Preserve Location: 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro Pine Needle Basket Artistry Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is welcoming the public to their basketry workshop on from 1 to 3 p.m. March 22 and 29. The museum welcomes the public to the traditional and beautiful practice of pine needle basketry. Using natural materials collected from the Rancho, the workshop will introduce you to this ancient coiling construction technique. When you come to enjoy the carriage house on the serene historic Dominguez Rancho, you will learn to build your own basket with native Californian Janice Guerrero. Each class contains new techniques and materials, as well as special guests, work time, music and light refreshments. Adult members pay $45.00 and non-members $50.00 (includes all classes, materials, tools and preparation). Details: dominguezrancho.org Venue: Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum Location: 18127 S. Alameda St., Compton
What A Pair: Creating a Means of Support What A Pair is presented by Soroptimist International of LA Harbor (SILAH), a group of local activists, committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities. What A Pair is a way to raise funding and awareness; in order to give underserved women in the Harbor Area easier access to mammography services. The sixth annual event will include a live model, sketched by local artists, as well as the display and auction of an array of decorated bras and art works. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Details: www.whatapairsanpedro.org Venue: Croatian Cultural Center Location: 510 W. 7th Street, San Pedro
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“Latin jazz has a lot of complexity to it, whether it’s from a cultural or technical standpoint,” Hundley said. “When you really start to understand more about the style of music it blows your mind. Latin jazz has the religious influence at the core of the percussion. It’s intriguing to me, because I approach the piano as not only a melodic expressive instrument but also a percussive instrument.” Hundley plays a solo performance at Fourth Street Vine Wine Bar on First Fridays in Long Beach. The most recent time she performed she was playing jazz standards, when suddenly, all the people were singing the songs she played. They danced to them for the entire second set. That kind of connection is important to Hundley. “The energy was amazing,” she said. “I connect to the music, but through music I like to connect to people. That’s how I feel like I really can communicate”. Hundley plans to release an album later this year. She currently has an EP she put out with her own recycled packaging. She will take her favorite original tracks from it to add to her full album. She is an instructor as well, saying she always likes to have a few students. She believes in the phrase, “Each one teach one,” especially so to pass down jazz because it is an American art form. Hundley is also passionate about efficient technique. She teaches students how to most effectively use their body with their instrument so they do not sustain injuries. Hundley has a residency at The Seabird Jazz Lounge in downtown Long Beach performing a few times a month with either her quartet or the Lady Jazz ensemble. When it comes to performing, Hundley’s approach is to have an energetic element to keep things fresh. “It doesn’t have to be high energy the whole time, but I’ve found there are certain moments you need to take the audience through and that pick-me-up is something everybody in the room feels.” Hundley experiments with bringing that energy into the music, and COME WORSHIP WITH US strives to grow Sunday School and challenge 9:45 am herself. In her arrangements. Morning Worship Service For instance, Del Haynes, pastor 11:00 am she will explore uncommon 310-831-5446 combinations 888 Hamilton Avenue, San Pedro
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eginning with a rich background in musical education, Lindsey Hundley has succeeded in becoming a dynamic musician, piano soloist, instructor, jazz ensemble leader, vocalist and arranger. She performs a broad range of music including, familiar jazz standards and blues, Brazilian and Latin jazz, and classical. Trained in classical and jazz piano between the ages of 14 to 18, Hundley quickly mastered piano skills, which could normally take up to 10 years. She was accepted on a half-scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. As if Hundley knew her destiny, when she was a young 10 years she asked for piano lessons. Coming from a small town in Colorado, she had to be put on a waiting list for three years before she began instruction. If waiting wasn’t enough commitment for a child, once she started her father had to drive her five hours, round trip, every other week to her classes. During this time, Lindsey sustained an injury, which kept her from playing piano for about six months. So, instead, her teacher made her study scores like Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart. “She would drop the needle on any point on a record and I would have to tell her what movement it was, what composer, what key it was in,” Hundley described. “It was great. It expanded my mind and I was fortunate to have that. She wanted to keep my mind active so I wouldn’t stop playing.” She started singing while waiting on piano lessons and then began playing classical music first. Her favorite classical composers are Chopin and Bach. Many times she would say to her teacher that she wished the composer wrote the score in a different way and would then go on to describe what she was thinking. That is how she came to improvising before she even understood jazz or what improvisation was. Her first exposure to jazz came when her parents played CDs in their gift shop by Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Glenn Miller Orchestra. Hundley’s jazz influences are Chic Corea, Keith Jarret and Herbie Hancock. Lately, Hundley has been greatly influenced by multi-reed instrumentalist Bennie Maupin and has had unique opportunities with him. Hundley says he has given her an even broader perspective on what a jazz composer and improviser can do. She has always opened herself up to different genres, even while in school, taking as many music classes as she could.
of instruments, using the flute and the flugelhorn instead of the saxophone and the trumpet. Her approach to composing is very structured. In her charts and books of her tunes, she usually has multiple parts for each instrument, rather than having the typical one part. “Sometimes with the bass player I like to double the left hand of the piano, so we play a line together,” Hundley said. “It gives a really interesting tone when the piano and bass are played simultaneously. I like to have these very composed elements in my music juxtaposed with improvisation. I think that might be where my classical and jazz worlds collide.” Hundley said her next steps lie in exploring non-traditional ways of doing things with her compositions. “I like to balance training and structure with improvisation and experimentation but I always want it to be accessible and to connect to the audience,” she said. That’s why she loves the jazz standards. “These songs have to be protected because jazz is still fairly new,” Hundley said. “It’s important to bring the history along with us.” She is hoping to be able to participate in a tour that is in the planning stages on the West Coast up to Oregon. Earlier this year, she performed at a place called The Jazz Station in Eugene, Ore., after the screening of the documentary, The Girls in the Band. Her hope is to build that tour from California to Oregon or a Central Coast tour with Lady Jazz. Bennie Maupin encouraged Hundley to go forward and create the Lady Jazz ensemble. She always wanted to play with other female musicians, but says she did not want to single herself out; it was hard for her to blend in. In school, she was one of two female instrumentalists out of 75. Feeling like she always had to prove herself, be better, work harder, be stronger and don’t expect someone to help. All she wanted was to be one of the guys. “There is a stigma that women don’t play instruments as well as men,” she said, “I think it’s getting better, but there is definitely this female energy when I perform with Lady Jazz. It was created to celebrate the contributions and talents of female jazz musicians. It’s about supporting and working together, women still need that in this world.” Through performing with women, Hundley says she keeps meeting more and more talented female musicians, hearing their stories and learning what they have to bring to the music. “I want whoever I play with to be themselves and play their way,” she said “I’ve found that if you do, you will play so much better”. A proud accomplishment of Hundley’s was playing in a fusion ensemble of Korean music and jazz called, Yerak. The name means to blend traditional Korean instruments with Western instruments, such as cello, flute and drum, creating an innovative style of fusion music. She described it as an international ensemble. “We got to perform for the South Korean president when she came to Los Angeles,” Hundley said. “That was remarkable to be a part of. It’s an interesting ensemble and a meaningful project.” Hundley’s short-term vision is to get her album out, continue to explore traditional and nontraditional composition, and to support other female jazz musicians. Giving women a platform or voice to express themselves has become a passion for her. You can see Hundley performing with Lady Jazz next at Seabird Jazz Lounge March 28. Details: www.SeabirdJazzLounge.com
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