Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter Vol 2, No 4
April 2006


Welcome back, or for the first time, to my monthly newsletter. I hope this finds you well. Thanks for recieving this, and for your interest. Plenty is going on, as you'll see below. I'll be guest appearing on the Norman Satchell Jazz Show on WNJC (see link below) on Monday 4/3 (see Radio News). I'm participating in the 1st (annual?) dixieland festival in Rock Hall, Md with a solo piano concert (see Jazz Performances). Also, please note that when using the mailing list sign- up box, your pop-up blocker must be disabled for the information to submit. Otherwise, just send me an e- mail to join. Finally, to make you laugh, the Joe Holt's Store (yes, merchandise) is up (see link below)! Now, about this month...

in this issue
  • In Focus
  • Jazz Performances and Piano Entertainment Concerts
  • Church Sponsored and Christian Music Concerts
  • Chestertown concert schedule
  • Radio News
  • From the Weblog

  • Jazz Performances and Piano Entertainment Concerts

    in March, I had fun at Sullivan's (my jazz duo gig), and that continues in April with Bruce Kaminsky, Steve Beskrone, and Robert Campbell. Also gigs with Bryan Clark, Felicia Carter, The Midiri Brothers, and another solo concert at the Mainstay (I am grateful to have been so well received in March, for my debut concert. This time is for the dixieland festival). Stay tuned for news of future adventures, including 3 seperate trips to California jazz festivals with the Midiri Brothers, starting on Memorial Day weekend. Click on the link below to learn more.

    Church Sponsored and Christian Music Concerts

    This month I have the priviledge of presenting "mini- concerts" within the (2) morning worship services of the Hagerstown (Md) Church of the Nazarene. Stay tuned for details of upcoming opportunities, including a trip to Greenville SC and N. Ft. Myers, Fla. Sept 27 - Oct. 1.

    Chestertown concert schedule

    In response to your requests, I am including a listing of upcoming concerts in the Chestertown (Md) Church of the Nazarene Second Sunday Concert Series. As additions or changes occur, I'll keep you posted (note: I am particapating in all listed concerts except April and July):

    • 4/9 - Fred Williams, guitarist
    • 5/14 - Yours truly, solo piano
    • 6/11 - Midiri Brothers
    • 7/9 - Oak Grove (vocal) Quartet
    • 8/13 - Kingstown Trio
    • 9/10 - Tim Dove, vocalist

    Radio News

    "Joe Holt's Notes on the Radio" now enters month three, and continues evolving; with a new featured segment, "Audio Trailers", and guest appearances by friends of the show. Last month I "installed" Jonathan Mills and David Sparks as my official "chaplains". This month David begins appearing on the show with his own "irregular" segment. It's good stuff. Finally, I appear as a guest of Norman Satchell on his show on WNJC on Monday night (the day after this e-mail goes out) April 3, from 10 to 11 pm. Click on the "WNJC live" link (under quick links) on Monday night to hear the show (or listen over the air in the S. Jersey/Phila. area). Click on the link below to hear archived broadcasts of my show.

    From the Weblog

    The idea of the "piano arrangement" is a funny subject to me. Of course, I understand what it is, it's what happens every time I play. I don't think about it with that vocabulary, however, until someone says something like: "That was a nice arrangement you just played" "Well, that's good", I think, "I wonder how it went?". It all ends there unless the one who initiated this continues: "Where did you get it?". "Huh?", I think. At that point my mouth may start moving: "Where did you come up with that sentence? Did you read it? Who wrote it first?". If I'm smart (this often eludes me), I wrap it up quickly, talking about musical improvisation as conversation, or dialog, or pontification (solo pianists can be pontificators - gee, sounds sinful). Of course, what people are referring to are the sheet music arrangements you can buy, of most any thing ever written, if you look hard enough. I don't use them. Why would I? We (of whatever particular group I'm referring, I'm not exactly sure) improvise an "arrangement" every time we play a tune. No point having someone do for me what I'm already doing (kind of like having a "conversation coach", I guess). On top of that, I like that I can express myself. It is uniquely my communication. I guess you can say that jazz (at least with me) "eliminates the middleman". Posted by Joe Holt | Monday, December 12, 2005

    "In Focus" this month is my first solo piano CD, and the first recording on the "Joe Holt's Notes" label : "Hymn and Christian Song Improvisations". The release of this recording marked the transition into my current marketing and career efforts. The only thing that has changed is the logo (look hard). Since the release of this CD, I have switched graphic designers, resulting in the new logo and new look (check out the Joe Holt's Notes store for more of this new look). The sound however is still me, documenting how I played in the year 2000. It seemed fitting to begin the Joe Holt's recording label with songs of faith, and was enjoyable to play some of the hymns that have meant so much to me over the years. The original idea was to make this recording the first in a series of solo piano hymn and (increasingly) contemporary song collections. That may still happen, but not in the near term. What I didn't foresee then is the variety of presentations that would develop (including "He's Steppin' Out" and other recordings coming soon) on the "Christian music" "side". Those words suggest divisions that I don't make, but I understand the necessity of communicating. What is "right on track" with my vision of the Joe Holt's Notes label is the increasing variety of music being made available. I see it all as coming from the same place. If you enjoy hymns, Christian songs, or solo piano music, click below to learn more about this, and the other recordings I offer.

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