Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter  
March 2008
Vol 4 no 3
I hope this finds you well. February is often a time of reflection for musicians, as it was for me this year, and I feel that several good things have come of it. Look for a few announcements in the coming months, starting now. The bottom line is to continue making the connection with you. If you are new to my monthly mailings, welcome aboard, and thanks for your interest! Here's what's happening:
Featured Performances 
Joe performs with the
Midiri Brothers Sextet and trio at the Jazz Bash by the Bay, Monterey, Ca.
This is the band's first trip to this festival in beautiful Monterey. Joe performs with the sextet and trio in what is sure to be a rousing debut!
SUNDAY 4/13: 5pm
Joe performs with
Holly Lane and Shore Jazz for a jazz vespers service at the Newark (De) First Church of the Nazarene
Holly Lane, Mike McShane, and John Ewart join Joe for this year's final vespers service. Joe often performs with Holly and the guys in resort areas of lower Delaware. Here is a chance for those in the greater Wilmington, De. area to see and hear this fine performer. No admission charge. A (no obligation) free-will offering will be taken for Habitat for Humanity during the service.
TUESDAY 5/13: 2pm
Solo piano entertainment concert - featuring jazz and popular standards, at the Downs Cultural Center, Wilmington, De

Joe returns to the Downs Center for a solo performance of jazz and popular standards. Downs center performances are open to the public, with no admission charge. Reservations are requested. (302)-575-0250 x2244

9/2 thru 9/16:
Joe performs with the Midiri Brothers quintet on the Crystal Symphony for Jazzdagen Tours
14-day cruise from London to New York.This voyage of the Vikings stops at many interesting ports, such as: Invergordon (Scotland), Reykjavik (Iceland), Nuuk (Greenland) and more. The band performs each night, in addition to special events.
Other Opportuinities
If you don't want to travel to California (unless you live there already), there are are options in my local area this month: Concerts with the Midiri Brothers, a solo concert, and the steady "supper club" gig continues. Look for more concert opportunities in the coming months, and check back often with the schedule for updates
The 2008 YouTube channel is picking up steam, and views. Already posted are selections from 2 jazz vespers services, a recording studio preview, several solo performances, the trio set from the Central Ill jazz Festival, and more.
The Recording Preview playlist now contains 2 video post from "inside the recording studio", and will continue to grow each month
A limited number of radio show sponsorships/advertising opportunities are now being offered. For a very modest rate, your business can receive triple exposure: On WKDI radio, on the Joe holt's Notes radio archive, and a direct link from the website. E-mail kim at for more info

Other News

I've (finally) begun the process that should see sheet music arrangements made available by late spring, starting with arrangements of hymns. As I learn to work my way through the unfamiliar copyright and royalty issues of this realm, the offerings will expand over time. Coupled with the introduction of piano arrangements will be YouTube video posts of the arrangements being played. I'll keep you posted in coming newsletters
From the Journal
Typing this during the production of my radio show, as Rob is working with EQ. Am announcing on the show (to air on 3/2) the release of the instructional series ; Lessons For The Thoughtful Pianist. If you click now, you'll get a "holding tank" page (Max is really good with all that), while I finalize the website prep. Expect it up and running in the coming few days. This is a unique and proven series. Stay tuned.
Also - topped 30,000 total video views today. Am networking with a lot of nice, encouraging people as a result of all this. Encouragement, in this business is good, especially in February.
posted on 2/20/08    read the journal
Thanks again for your encouragement, and continued interest. I'll look forward to staying in touch.
Blessings and awareness,
The Big Story
"Lessons For The Thoughtful Pianist"
I am pleased to announce the re-introduction of the original Joe Holt's Notes instructional articles. Personal circumstances forced me to pull this series from self-publication, several years ago - but now - they're back to stay!  These articles are primarily about informing, and shaping our thoughts concerning music making. Designed as a supplement to your ongoing studies, each lesson brings you to the essence of a specific topic: chords, technique, interpretation, practical considerations, and more. These articles are written for (almost) all levels, as these are about the ideas that guide you. From the beginner student with a basic understanding, to the intermediate and even advanced pianist, these lessons will provoke thought and exploration. (For me, at least,) that's what it's all about! Packaged in 3 organized folders, this collection of 24 lesson articles is available for $30 (plus S&H). Click here to learn more!

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This is a classic jazz recording that really isn't, yet it is. The Midiri Brothers and I go back nearly 35 years, and quickly bonded (way back then, in high school) under a common banner - the Benny Goodman Trio. That instrumentation: clarinet, piano, and drums became our staple for those first years. We were influenced by our "idols", but we (usually) didn't "copy". Current reviews of the band reflect this - noting that we are not "imitators", rather performing fresh, and innovative each time. You'll find that in our trio reunion CD: The Other Brother. It will make you smile.
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