• John Hollenbeck - drums, composition
  • Anna Webber- tenor saxophone, flute
  • Aurora Nealand - vocals, saxophone, keyboards
  • Chiquita Magic - keyboards, vocals

Wednesday June 29th 7:00 pm @ National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage

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From the Greek name Georgios, which was derived from the Greek word georgos meaning "farmer, earthworker", itself derived from the elements γῆ (ge) meaning "earth" and ergon meaning "work".

George Washington Carver, George Foreman, George Clooney, George Floyd, George Wein, Georgia (the state and the country), Georgia O'Keefe, Saint George, George Saunders, George Michael, George Carlin, George Clinton, George Frideric Handel, George Orwell, George the magazine, etc…


Anna Webber-tenor sax/flute

Aurora Nealand-voice/sax/keyboards

Chiquita Magic-keyboards/voice

John Hollenbeck-drums/composition

John Hollenbeck formed GEORGE during the Covid pandemic. He brought together three great musicians/people whom he loved and admired for a long time! Even though most of the members had never met each other, John was confident from knowing them himself, that this group would immediately be, as one of the members calls it, "tight" (which means "very cool" in case you were wondering).

Their group sound is firmly planted outside any categories or labels, so good luck with that! They remotely recorded a literal "Proof of Concept" in March 2021 and finally met in person in January 2022 in Montreal, Canada where they recorded "Letters to George", which will be released on Flexatonic Records in the spring of 2022. They will tour the US and Canada in the spring/summer of 2022 and in thenear future, other locations on planet Earth.

Anna Webber is a flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live in theaesthetic overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. She was recently named a 2021 Berlin Prize Fellow and was voted the top "Rising Star" flutist in the 2020 Downbeat Critic's Poll.

Aurora Nealand is most recognized for her performance on saxophones, clarinet and vocals and has been at the forefront of the revival of New Orleans with her band, the Royal Roses. Nealand is also the leader/frontman of New Orleans premier rockabilly band "Rory Danger andthe Danger Dangers"and performs frequently with her solo project, "The Monocle. In 2010 and 2011 she appeared frequently as herself in the HBO TV series, "Treme".

Isis Paola Giraldo AKA Chiquita Magic is a latinx artist/producer hailing from Colombia and based in Canada. She uses microtonal synthesizers, her voice, and a drum machine to create a unique sound that can be described as futuristic electro pop with elements of EDM, hip hop, cumbia, funk, reggaeton, choirs & jazz.

Genre-crossing composer/percussionist John Hollenbeck, renowned in both the jazz and newmusic worlds, has gained widespread recognition as the driving force behind the unclassifiable Claudia Quintet and the ambitious John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, groups with roots in jazz, world music, and contemporary composition. He has earned six GRAMMY nominations and has worked with many of the world's leading musicians in jazz including Bob Brookmeyer, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, and is well known in new-music circles for his long-time collaboration with Meredith Monk.

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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