Duke Performances

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Saturday, December 8, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater


A drummer and bandleader known for his extravagant talent and chimerical compositions, John Hollenbeck inhabits his own world of “gleaming modernity” (NY Times) between jazz and new music. With his 18-piece Large Ensemble, which topped DownBeat’s 2011 Critics Poll, Hollenbeck dreams of the jazz big-band as a landscape seething with vivid tonal and timbral colors. Winds, horns, bass, piano, drums, and vocalists — the “transcendent” Theo Bleckmann (Village Voice) and the “astute and sensitive” Kate McGarry (NY Times) — plunge into the wilds of Hollenbeck’s humid lyricism.

The Large Ensemble visits Reynolds Theater to celebrate the release of the Hollenbeck’s new record, Songs I Like A Lot, featuring arrangements of tunes by Jimmy Webb, Imogen Heap, Ornette Coleman among others.

“Hollenbeck’s world view, his imagination, his daring, and his skills, combined with a God-given gift, make him on of our most important composers”  —Bob Brookmeyer

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The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble:

Woodwinds:
Ben Kono — flute / soprano / alto saxophone
Jeremy Viner — clarinet / tenor saxophone
Tony Malaby — tenor saxophone / soprano saxophone
Dan Willis — tenor saxophone / soprano saxophone / flute / english horn
Bohdan Hilash — bass clarinet / baritone saxophone / contrabass clarinet / bass saxophone

Trombones:
Mark Patterson
Mike Christenson
Jacob Garchik
Alan Ferber

Trumpets/Flugelhorns:
Tony Kadleck
James DelaGarza
Dave Ballou
Laurie Frink

Rhythm:
Kermit Driscoll — Acoustic and Electric Bass
John Hollenbeck — Drums
Matt Mitchell — Piano / Keys
Patricia Franceshy — Mallet Percussion
Theo Bleckmann — Voice

Kate McGarry — Special Guest, Voice

JC Sanford — Conductor

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