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The music of Humboldt County's own Dogbone is a category-defying amalgam of influences, improvisation, and originality. Dogbone's music has been variously described as everything from "groove music" to "free jazz" – from "ambient jams" to "vaudevillian trip hop." Dogbone calls it "Feral Jazz."
For 15 years, Dogbone has shared its unique brand of feral jazz with audiences from the West Coast all the way to the birthplace of jazz itself, New Orleans.
The music is groovy. Group improvisational. An atmospheric soundscape, with free-ranging forays into rock, blues, and spoken word. The songs are all-original, pulling from from multiple genres, yet remaining happily outside every tradition.
John King, a sculptor, artist, surfer, and guitarist, originally from Los Angeles, writes the tunes – all on the guitar he built. His unmistakable style – caught somewhere in the sands between Malibu and Tel Aviv – puts a trademark stamp on all of Dogbone's music. The band's rhythm section consists of Tim Claasen on bass and Jonathan Claasen on drums. The "Brothers Claasen" are native sons of Humboldt and longtime professionals in the varied music scene behind the Redwood Curtain. Gregg Moore, son of local jazz great, Jerry Moore, puts the "bone" in "Dogbone" with his inimitable trombone stylings and vocal sound effects. Gregg has been an avid student of brass band music for decades, traveling the world to learn and teach about this artform. He recently picked up a graduate degree at Harvard University to go along with his already long list of musical accomplishments and activism. Eliot Claasen, trumpet, is a student of French at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, and Dogbone's newest member. He provides a little something for the young ladies, and occasionally speaks French.
These players come together in a glorious mash-up that creates the unique sound and experience that is Dogbone.