In a special performance made possible through the Doris Duke Performing Artists Award program, the Goodwill Theatre proudly welcomes Binghamton natives, John Hollenbeck and Tony Kadleck and, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble with special guest, Kate McGarry to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, Friday, April 5 at 7PM, as we kick off Jazz Appreciation month.
Celebrating the Sunnyside Records release of SONGS I LIKE A LOT, featuring Kate McGarry, 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.
Mr. Hollenbeck is a composer of music uncategorizable beyond the fact of being always identifiably his. A conceptualist able to translate the traditions of jazz and new music into a fresh, eclectic, forward-looking language of his own invention, Hollenbeck is intellectually rewarding yet ever accessibly vibrant. A drummer and percussionist possessed of a playful versatility and a virtuosic wit. Most of all, a musical thinker – whether putting pen to paper or conjuring spontaneous sound – allergic to repetition, forever seeking to surprise himself and his audiences.
Hollenbeck received degrees in percussion and jazz composition from the Eastman School of Music before moving to New York City in the early 1990s. He quickly struck up relationships with some of the leading lights of jazz (Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Kenny Wheeler) and new music (composer/choreographer Meredith Monk, for whose works “Magic Frequencies,” “Mercy,” and “The Impermanence Project” he composed and performed percussion scores). His awards and honors include winning the Jazz Composers Alliance Composition Contest in 1995 and 2002; Meet the Composer’s Grants in 1995 and 2001; a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship; the 2010 ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award; top spots in the Composer, Arranger, and Big Band categories in the 2012 DownBeat Critics’ Poll; and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Since 2005, he has been a professor of Jazz Drums and Improvisation at Jazz Institute Berlin.
Throughout his career, Tony Kadleck has been praised as a highly effective sideman, who has lent his hand to numerous musical activities. He is currently one of the most sought-after trumpet players in the New York area.
While attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, Kadleck studied both classical and jazz music, a task that would later benefit him, as he went on to perform and record with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 1986, Tony was asked to join the trumpet section of the Buddy Rich Band, and later that year, decided to move to New York.
After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 1989, Kadleck did some touring with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Eventually, the NY studios kept Tony too busy to leave town, and he found himself recording with a number of artists, including Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Celine Dion. Kadleck also spends plenty of time playing a wide variety of live concerts, having performed with Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Ella Fitzgerald, Issac Hayes, and most recently the Count Basie Orchestra.
Tickets for the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble performance are $15 Adult; $12 Senior/Student; $10 Child, and may be purchased online at www.goodwilltheatre.net/events or by calling the theatre Box Office at 607-772-2404, ext. 301. The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.