The Claudia Quintet; Thursday, October 10, 2013


The Claudia Quintet
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… dazzling and exhilarating…” – the

The Claudia Quintet, led by drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, features the estimable talents of clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, accordionist/pianist Red Wierenga, bassist Drew Gress, vibraphonist Matt Moran; and on occasion, the addition of pianist Matt Mitchell. Together since 1997, the Claudia Quintet is a rarity in jazz, a long-standing ensemble that has retained most of its original members. Their music defies easy categorization, yet they have cultivated an accessible sound that encompasses both conventional and avant-garde structures. Their latest CD is called September.

The brainchild of John Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet was formed over fifteen years ago with fellow musicians Drew Gress, Chris Speed, Ted Reichman (replaced by Red Wierenga in 2011), and Matt Moran. From the start, Hollenbeck looked upon the quintet as a cooperative, an organization of peers, even though the majority of music they perform is composed by John. Reedman. Chris Speed is well-known for leading his own groups during the Knitting Factory-era of the ’90s, and was part of a loose affiliation of young artists making up the downtown scene known for delving into experimental music. He has led his own groups such as YeahNO, Trio Iffy, Endangered Blood, and Pachora. Bassist Drew Gress has recorded several albums as a bandleader, and has worked with John Abercrombie, Don Byron, Tim Berne, Ravi Coltrane, and Uri Caine, among many other progressive artists. Red Wierenga, who plays accordion and piano, has been featured with the Respect Sextet, Brad Lubman, and Signal. Vibraphonist Matt Moran’s previous work had included stints with Mat Maneri, Slavic Soul Party, and Nate Wooley. Occasional member pianist Matt Mitchell has recorded, or played, with Tim Berne, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Dave King.


With each recording The Claudia Quintet spotlights new thematic material. Where their previous CD, What Is the Beautiful? centered on the poetry of Kenneth Patchen, an innovative writer who influenced the Beat movement of the ’50s, their newest CD, September, portrays ten compositions inspired by ten days out of the month of September: September 22nd Love Is Its Own Eternity; September 18th Lemons; and September 16th Mystic Klang, are just some of the quirky, evocative titles penned by Hollenbeck. Having a stable line-up of exceptional musicians has allowed The Claudia Quintet’s artistry to evolve over time, producing an identifiable sound with lots of room for individual expression and a discography of seven impressive, eclectic recordings.

The Claudia Quintet

DATE: Thursday, October 10, 2013
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227  

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan
(831) 427-2227

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