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John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet + 1 Live From Newport

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet + 1, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

August 5, 2012A powerhouse behind the drum kit, Hollenbeck is also becoming one of the great composer-bandleaders of the age. His small group welcomes vocalists Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann to help perform music based on the poems of Kenneth Patchen.

A powerhouse behind the drum kit, John Hollenbeck is also becoming one of the great composer-bandleaders of the age. After last year's large ensemble show, he returns to Newport with his unusual small group, the Claudia Quintet (and a sixth member on piano). The band's latest release What Is The Beautiful? sets poems by Kenneth Patchen to music; much like the album, vocalists Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann stand and deliver on stage.

Set List
  • "The Snow Is Deep On The Ground"
  • "Keramag"
  • "Showtime/23rd Street Runs Into Heaven"
  • "Job"
  • "Do Me That Love"
  • "Paterna Terra"
  • "Opening The Window"
  • "Just Like Him"
Personnel
  • John Hollenbeck, drums
  • Red Wierenga, accordion
  • Chris Speed, clarinet/tenor saxophone
  • Matt Moran, vibraphone
  • Drew Gress, bass
  • Matt Mitchell, piano
  • Kurt Elling, voice
  • Theo Bleckmann, voice

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About The Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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