Firehouse 12 to Present the Claudia Quintet October 12th


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On Friday, October 12th, New Haven's Firehouse 12 will present a two set performance by The Claudia Quintet as part of the venue's ongoing 2007 Fall Jazz Series. Led by New York-based drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, this decade- old ensemble features reed player Chris Speed, vibraphonist Matt Moran, accordionist Ted Reichman and organist Gary Versace. The group will be performing music from its fourth and latest CD, For (Cuneiform Records).

Critics have called The Claudia Quintet “a very fresh jazz band with unusual instrumentation played by some major talents" (Philip McNally, Cadence) and “a postmodern chamber ensemble negotiating new ways of integrating composition and improvisation" (Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press). AllAboutJazz.com Senior Editor John Kelman adds, “The Claudia Quintet is, quite simply, a category all its own -- a group of players with the kind of infinite reach to give Hollenbeck's captivating compositions an approach like no other."

“Hollenbeck stands as just one of a few accomplished drummers with a high aptitude for composition," wrote Dan Ouellette in a March 2007 DownBeat feature story. Although he is best known for leading The Claudia Quintet, Hollenbeck's diverse work as a leader also includes recordings with larger ensembles, such as his Grammy nominated 2005 CD, A Blessing (Omnitone). He has also been commissioned to compose music for ensembles ranging from choirs to percussion groups to the renowned new music outfit, Bang on A Can All-Stars. As a performer, he has recorded with Bob Brookmeyer, Scott Fields, Satoko Fujii, Meredith Monk and Cuong Vu among many others. He is currently a member of such regularly working bands as Tony Malaby's Tuba Trio, the John Hollenbeck/Jorrit Dijkstra Duo and the Refuge Trio.

2007 Fall Jazz Series schedule:

09/21 :: Erik Friedlander
09/28 :: Ted Poor Trio
10/05 :: Michael Musillami Trio with Mark Feldman
10/12 :: The Claudia Quintet
10/19 :: Will Holshouser Trio
10/26 :: Marty Ehrlich/Myra Melford Duo
11/02 :: Rob Brown Trio
11/09 :: Billy Bang Quartet
11/16 :: Andrew Rathbun Quartet
11/30 :: Dave and Barre Phillips
12/07 :: Daniel Levin Quartet
12/14 :: Angelica Sanchez Quintet

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