This concert is the first in a series of events that will be co-presented by New Amsterdam and Le Poisson Rouge throughout 2018, which marks the 10th anniversary of the two organizations, born with the mission of promoting the New Music community.
Come celebrate the release of All Can Work, the new album from the Grammy-nominated John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, on New Amsterdam Records. The evening will also feature a special opening set by vocalist Theo Bleckmann and guitarist Ben Monder.
Drummer/composer John Hollenbeck and his 20-piece Large Ensemble will release their third album, All Can Work, January 26 on New Amsterdam Records. The album follows the band’s Grammy-nominated releases A Blessing (2005) and eternal interlude (2009), and pays tribute to the Large Ensemble’s late trumpet player Laurie Frink, a key force in the group and the jazz community. The album title is from an exchange between Frink and Hollenbeck; the phrase epitomizes the flexible, optimistic resolve that is needed by everyone involved to create a record such as this one.
All Can Work represents The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble’s accumulation of years rehearsing, recording and performing together since its founding in 1998 — the definitive evolution of an exceptional ensemble that has developed a relationship akin to family (some members of which Hollenbeck has been playing with since high school and college). The album also pays tribute to artists who have influenced Hollenbeck most throughout the years: Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Strayhorn, John Taylor, William Shakespeare, and Piet Mondrian.