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World-class jazz master performing to help the Pearl

September 12, 2022

Upon learning of the myriad repairs necessary to keep an historical small-town building open as a haven for the arts, the Conrad N. Hilton Chair of Music Industry Studies at Loyola University, New Orleans, graciously volunteered his talents to bring to Bonners Ferry an exquisite taste of the best jazz in the world; New Orleans Jazz! World renowned jazz pianist Sanford Hinderlie will be giving his time to the Pearl Theater, in a free concert, hoping you'll give as generously as he is.

Hinderlie began playing piano at an early age, imitating his parents, who were also musicians. Earning a bachelors in music from Washington State University and a masters from North Texas State University, he studied composition with Martin Mailman, Larry Austin, and Merrill Ellis, and jazz piano with Dan Haerle. In 1981, he moved to New Orleans, where he has taught, performed and recorded music ever since.

As a performer, Hinderlie is noted for his transparent, sophisticated jazz style, exhibiting a lively virtuosity that reflects the wide range of influences on which he draws. As well as his original works in jazz piano, Hinderlie has composed scores for film and video, including soundtracks for documentaries on New Orleans history. Alongside his solo work, Hinderlie is also a frequent collaborator with other musicians, appearing with such performers as John Rankin, Tom McDermott, Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski, Larry Sieberth, Johnny Vidacovich, Tom van der Geld and Günter Heinz.

Within the United States, and particularly in New Orleans, he is a regular performer at venues and festivals year-round, and maintained a 25-year residency at the Pelican Club in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Outside the United States, his performances have included venues in Germany, Panama, Denmark, the Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan, and he has been a guest artist at such venues as the Yerevan International Jazz Festival in Armenia, the United States Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the Schloss Lingerberg in Dresden, Germany. On YouTube, a solo concert for jazz piano given in 2011 has been viewed over 250,000 times.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, September 18, Hinderlie, who has family in the community, will give Bonners Ferry, for free, a world-level New Orleans jazz concert on the only stage in the community dedicated not only to bringing great performances to the community, but in nurturing, building up and giving voice and visibility to the immeasurable talent that abides right here, in our homes, our churches, our schools, our events.

Doors and the Pearl Cafe open at 2:30 p.m., and when you go, please look at the grand blue building at 7160 Ash Street as you walk up. She's old, for decades a place of worship. Much work has been done to keep her presentable, but there is no longer any way to hide the work she needs to keep her safe, to make her truly vibrant. Her paint is peeling, her gutters sag. The venerable bell tower, the heart of the building, is weak and threatening to fall. Her roof leaks, her foundation is weak.

The work list, drafted not by engineers, experts or professional contractors, but by volunteers hoping for the best while fearing the worst and praying for miracles, is daunting, and not in vain. There was that recent $10,000 anonymous donation to save a venue where cherished memories were made. And now Sanford Hinderlie, bringing a million-dollar show to Bonners Ferry, for free, trusting that those who attend will share his generosity and that other performing artists might consider sharing their talents as well.

The Pearl Theater, 7160 Ash Street, Bonners Ferry, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 with the goal of providing quality performing arts in an intimate historic downtown theater. To learn more, visit www.thepearltheater.org, call (208) 610-2846 or email info@thepearltheater.org.

Donations can be mailed to The Pearl Theater, P.O. Box 1888, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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