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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

Event: John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
“Excelling at atmospheric impressionism, the Ensemble also swings old school…and builds from lush pointillism to soaring harmony. Hollenbeck strives to preserve the big band tradition by infusing it with novel new ideas…a striking example of the future, today.”—All About Jazz

Jazz drummer and composer John Hollenbeck is involved with several outstanding bands, but the all-star Downtown scene 19 member John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (which topped the Rising Star Big Band category in DownBeat’s 2011 Critics’ Poll) definitely demonstrates the full scope of his ambitious vision. JHLE is an audacious example of the power of big band jazz to tap into today’s pulse well beyond swing-era clichés. Hollenbeck’s music for JHLE is a daring mix of heart-on-sleeve lyricism with a wide -ranging palette of tonal colors, evocative atmospheres and robust rhythmic propulsion.

JHLE’s most recent Grammy-nominated release for the Sunnyside label Eternal Interlude earned acclaim for its rich, panoramic orchestral textures as well as its members’ strong individual roles. As the New York Times said, “The drummer John Hollenbeck inhabits a world of gleaming modernity, and Eternal Interlude, the second album featuring his Large Ensemble, reflects both the clarity and brightness of his vision. Timbre is his forte as much as rhythm: his strategies for the band often involve an autumnal rustle of woodwinds and a billowing swirl of brass.”
Date and time:April 4, 2013
8:00 PM
Location:Wexner Center Performance Space
Phone Number:614-292-3535
Event category:Wexner Center
Event Type:Concert

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