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John Hollenbeck is a drummer and percussionist possessed of a playful versatility and a virtuosic wit. Whether charting new territory with his long-standing Claudia Quintet or bringing to life popular songs for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, he is forever seeking to surprise himself and his audiences. I caught up with John to discuss both his most recent, Grammy-nominated recording with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, featuring guests Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, and Gary Versace, and his new Claudia Quintet album “Evidence-based” which came out in September 2021 and features American poet Eileen Myles.
– Knows Only God (God Only Knows)
– Wichita Lineman
Interview with John about his McGill Teaching Award
Theme music by The Respect Sextet
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