Firehouse 12 • 45 Crown Street • New Haven, CT 06510 • 203.785.0468

The Claudia Quintet
Part of the 2016 Fall Jazz Series
Friday, October 21, 2016
8:30p $20 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
10:00p $15 The on-line box office is closed.
Please call (203) 785-0468 for tickets.
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Chris Speed : clarinet, tenor sax
Chris Tordini : bass
John Hollenbeck : drums, percussion
Matt Moran : vibes
Red Wierenga : accordion

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"Rigorously executed but earthily grooving, dauntingly precise but flecked with hearty and intriguing improvised solos, the quintet’s set buzzed with freshness and vitality from start to finish." - Ottawa Citizen

Formed in 1997 by composer, drummer and four-time GRAMMY nominee John Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet is one of the most innovative groups to spring from the creativity of New York’s downtown music scene. Hollenbeck named the band for an effusive audience member at an early show who vowed to return for future performances and never did – an act which sparked the imagination of the drummer and gave him a moniker to fit the collective ensemble he envisioned. The band boasts unique instrumentation and a lineup composed of some of the finest exploratory instrumentalists in modern jazz. The Claudia Quintet has remained true to its original mission of creating distinctive improvisational chamber music that defies categorization. Over the course of eight critically acclaimed albums, the ensemble has been a highly effective, exceptionally varied vehicle for Hollenbeck’s music, which reflects influences ranging from jazz to chamber music to varied folk forms and Brazilian rhythms.

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