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NEW MUSIC BOX 2011

John Hollenbeck:
Reveling in the Unknown
A conversation with Alexandra Gardner

“Composer and drummer John Hollenbeck seems most content when faced with musical uncertainty of any sort. Whatever the musical context, Hollenbeck lets go of conceptions around style and genre, happy to enjoy musical experiences without the immediate need to know exactly what they are or where they might be heading.”
– Alexandra Gardner

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THE BOSTON GLOBE 2014

Jazz composer Hollenbeck blurs lines at NEC, Lily Pad

“At age 6, [John] heard a very eclectic mix from my music collection,” Pat Hollenbeck says by e-mail, “including [the Balinese] Ramayana Monkey Chant, Beethoven, Tower of Power, and Miles Davis.” He adds: “That’s enough to ruin any 6-year-old for life.”

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THE JAZZMAN 2013

EFG London Jazz Festival 2013

JOHN HOLLENBECK with CLAUDIA QUINTET and the ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC BIG BAND

“Both performances were outstanding…”

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ALL ABOUT JAZZ 2009

John Hollenbeck
(le) Poisson Rouge

For a concert that crept ever closer to the dangerous three-hour mark, this was a remarkably engaging experience … with New Yorker Hollenbeck at the helm the night swept by without losing its sense of vitality and alertness.” – Martin Longley

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DOWNBEAT 2012

John Hollenbeck
The Right Chemistry

“…there’s nothing quite like hearing the terrific array of colors and contrasts he has crafted over the course of 11 CDs as a leader of both large and small ensembles.”
— John Ephland

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ALL ABOUT JAZZ 2013

John Hollenbeck’s
September Songs

“John Hollenbeck’s productivity would be astonishing in its own right, but the uniformly high quality of this high output places the drummer among the top tier of jazz (and not only jazz) musicians.”
– Jeff Dayton-Johnson

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JAZZTIMES 2012

Jack DeJohnette & John Hollenbeck: A Tale of Two Drummers

“The story I want to tell now is that of two of the finest practitioners of jazz currently at work who are primarily known as “drummers,” the legendary Jack DeJohnette, and the rising legend that is the career of John Hollenbeck.”
– Russ Davis

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JAZZTIMES 2011

John Hollenbeck’s Natural Impulses: The drummer-composer on the importance of being himself

“So much has been said about Hollenbeck’s brilliance as a composer that his identity as a drummer can be easily be overlooked. As with his composing, Hollenbeck stresses groove and accessibility in his own playing.”   — John Murph

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NEW REPUBLIC 2013

The Post-Jazz Jazz of John Hollenbeck: A lyrical experimentalist

“…Hollenbeck makes music that sounds the way the world looks and feels in 2013.” — David Hajdu

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Royal Toast

Wind 1 – Flute
Electric Guitar
Wind 1 – Flute
Electric Guitar

John Hollenbeck