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Enterprise-D bassoon player an alien bassoonist

Ritt Henn is a professional jazz bass player who portrayed an alien bassoonist in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fourth season episode "In Theory". Henn filmed his scenes on Thursday 4 April 1991 on Paramount Stage 8 and is listed as "sideline musician" on the call sheet.

Henn started playing bass in high school. He graduated from the Bucknell University with a degree in music and psychology and continued to play bass in coffee houses and lounges. His further career credits include shows and tours with artists such as Buddy Rich, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry, Tom Jones, and Margaret Whiting, as well as performances in Broadway plays and on several festicals across the world.

Since 1993 he is producing a reality television show, ManBassBoxTV, a show which featured independent artists and Henn himself. So far, he released three solo albums in 1996, 2000, and 2007, and wrote Chart Writing Made Easy, an instructional tome. Henn received a Drama Logue Award, a Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Songwriter Instrumentalist, and a MAC Award for Best New York Debut-Male.

In addition to his The Next Generation appearance, Henn portrayed musicians in the adventure western Wild Bill (1995, with Keith Carradine, Merritt Yohnka, Jim Wilkey, Christopher Doyle, Anthony De Longis, Bill Bolender, and Michael Papajohn) and in the musical romance Across the Universe (2007).

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