Atlantic Jazz Nights

John Hollenbeck (drums)
October 29, 2022

Atlantic Jazz Nights is a new international jazz series presented by the Arts and Culture Centre. The inaugural season includes five concerts featuring invited guest artists from the United States and Canada who will perform with hosts and curators Florian Hoefner and Jim Vivian.

Atlantic Jazz Nights Schedule
June 20 – Atlantic Jazz Nights with Jerry Bergonzi and Allan Mednard
September 17 – Atlantic Jazz Nights with Christine Jensen & Rajiv Jayaweera
October 29 – Atlantic Jazz Nights with John Hollenbeck
January 14 – Atlantic Jazz Nights with Mike Murley & Ian Froman
March 3 – Atlantic Jazz Nights with Laila Biali & Fabio Ragnelli

John Hollenbeck
It’s traditional, when paying compliment to drummers, to draw comparisons with the octopus, implying agility beyond the means of a paltry pair of human hands. But when considering John Hollenbeck, the multi-limbed creature that seems most appropriate to invoke is the mythical hydra; for while Hollenbeck is certainly no stranger to rhythmic intricacy, it’s ideas that seem to spring forth like so many heads, two more arising as one falls away. Hollenbeck is a composer of music uncategorizable beyond the fact of being always identifiably his. A conceptualist able to translate the traditions of jazz and new music into a fresh, eclectic, forward-looking language of his own invention, intellectually rewarding yet ever accessibly vibrant. A drummer and percussionist possessed of a playful versatility and a virtuosic wit. Most of all, a musical thinker – whether putting pen to paper or conjuring spontaneous sound – allergic to repetition, forever seeking to surprise himself and his audiences.

Hollenbeck’s awards and honours include six GRAMMY nominations; the 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the 2010 ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship; winning the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Contest in 1995 and 2002; Meet the Composer’s Grants in 1995 and 2001; and a Rising Star Arranger win in the 2012 and 2013 DownBeat Critics’ Polls as well as in 2011 for the JHLE as Rising Star Big Band. John was a professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation at the Jazz Institute Berlin from 2005-2016 and in 2015 joined the faculty of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.

ST. JOHN’S, Arts & Culture Centre
Atlantic Jazz Nights with John Hollenbeck
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SHOW TIME: 8:00 pm
SHOW LENGTH:  120 minutes

Start Date

Oct 29, 2022 - 20:00