The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble

The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
featuring Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann

Sunday, December 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm
JMU Forbes Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

Admission: $6.00

Tickets available at the door, or call the Forbes Center Box Office: 540-568-7000

Contact Chuck Dotas, Director of Jazz Studies at JMU, for more information:


 “His music was playful, profound…and continuously imaginative”      Ben Ratliff, NY Times

“…Hollenbeck is taking the big band into the future.”        Chris Barton Los Angeles TIMES



Celebrating the Sunnyside Records release of SONGS I LIKE ALOT, featuring
Kate McGarry and Theo Bleckmann and John’s arrangements of songs by Jimmy Webb, Imogen Heap, Ornette Coleman and others.

“John Hollenbeck’s 18-piece Large Ensemble can explode with rhythmic drive and technical dazzle, or it can evoke serene calm, tone poetry and even prayer. It’s a big band for a new eclectic world, building on the legacy of seminal big-band composer Bob Brookmeyer and other role models. Hollenbeck holds it together with intricate drumming, compositional acumen and searing wit as he marshals the resources of top jazz improvisers.”   David Adler (Timeout)


The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble’s albums “A Blessing” (Omnitone) and “Eternal Interlude” (Sunnyside Records) both received Grammy nominations.  In 2007, John was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2012 he was awarded a Doris Duke Performing Artists Award.  He has been commissioned recently by Bang on a Can All-Stars, Gotham Wind Symphony, Ethos Percussion Group, the Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia), the Orchestre National de Jazz (Paris) funded by the Chamber Music America French-American Jazz Exchange; and the hr-BigBand of Frankfurt, Germany.

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The JHLE comprises some of New York City’s finest contemporary jazz artists:


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

Mark Patterson
Mike Christenson
Jacob Garchik
Alan Ferber

Tony Kadleck
John Bailey
Dave Ballou
Laurie Frink

Kermit Driscoll - acoustic and electric bass
John Hollenbeck - drums
Matt Mitchell - piano/keys
Patricia Franceshy - mallet percussion
Theo Bleckmann - voice
Kate McGarry - special guest on voice
JC Sanford - conductor