Doris Duke Artist Award, 2012
Genre-crossing composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck, renowned in both jazz and new-music worlds, has gained widespread recognition as the driving force behind the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, groups with roots in jazz, world music, and contemporary composition. He has earned four Grammy nominations—for his Large Ensemble releases, A Blessing (Omnitone, 2005) and eternal interlude (Sunnyside, 2009); for his composition “Falling Men” commissioned by the Orchestre National de Jazz and funded by the French-American Jazz Exchange (BeeJazz, 2010); and for his arrangement of Jimmy Webb’s “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress” commissioned by the hr-BigBand of Frankfurt, Germany (Sunnyside, 2013). Hollenbeck’s awards include a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2010 ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award. He is well known in new-music circles for his longtime collaboration with Meredith Monk as well as for his commissioned works for Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ethos Percussion Group, and Ensemble Cairn of France. He is a Professor of Jazz Drums and Composition at the Jazz Institut Berlin and a visiting Professor of Jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London.