Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter December '09
Vol 5, No 9
           Merry Christmas!
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for another holiday greeting
The other night, I came home to discover a large Christmas decoration (faux lamppost adorned for the holidays), lit up on my front porch (a surprise from my family, who knew I would like it). Needless to say, it made me happy, and I lingered outside awhile enjoying the moment. That's how it happens, it seems. Encouragements, acts of love and kindness, a warm welcome, placed in our path (and not by accident). Not just these, however, but the anticipated celebrations, and even the routine events welcome us to new experiences and opportunities. This is kind of how this time in life (for me) feels, as I am reminded continually of providence, hope, and love. And now, the Christmas and Holiday season - welcoming us, as we welcome it. Speaking of welcome, a special greeting to first time recipients of this newsletter (many of you from the "Shore Jazz" event mentioned in the Journal piece). Hope you enjoy reading through what's happening, and that we can keep in touch. And - that you have a Merry Christmas! 
Solo Concerts, Special Events
THURSDAY 12/17/09: 2pm
Joe performs in concert at the Downs Cultural Center, Wilmington, DE
Joe returns to the Downs Center for a solo performance of improvised holiday favorites. Downs center performances are open to the public, with no admission charge. Reservations are requested. (302)-575-0250 x2244
SUNDAY 12/20/09: 10am - special event
Christmas Carol Sing-in at Crossroads Alliance Church, Dover, DE
Joe accompanies the congregation and neighboring community in this annual event. Several solo piano features included. 350 North Governors Avenue, Dover DE (on the campus of Westminster Village).

SATURDAY 1/23/10: evening
Joe performs in concert at Central Baptist Church, Millville NJ
Joe presents improvisations on hymns, classical themes, popular song, and demonstrations of musical spontaneity, including his "A.D.D. Improvisation".

SATURDAY 2/10/10: evening
Joe performs in concert at Seacrest Presbyterian Church, Delray Beach Fla.
Joe presents improvisations on hymns, classical themes, popular song, and demonstrations of musical spontaneity, including his "A.D.D. Improvisation".

SUNDAY 2/21/10: evening
Joe performs in concert at the Lake Fort Worth Church of the Nazarene, Fla.
Joe performs a Sunday concert of familiar hymns and songs, and piano improvisation.

SUNDAY 2/28/10: 6pm
Joe performs in concert at the Denton (MD) Church of the Nazarene
Joe performs a Sunday concert of familiar hymns and songs, and piano improvisation.
SATURDAY 3/6/10: 8pm
Joe performs in concert at the Prince Theatre, Chestertown MD
Joe presents improvisations on jazz standards, classical themes, popular song, and demonstrations of musical spontaneity, including his "A.D.D. Improvisation". Joe will also perform music from his groundbreaking CD: "Stories Without Words"
"The joy when he plays is boundless and infectious" - Jazz vocalist Felicia Carter
Come, and share in the experience

see the schedule (more info on the above dates, and additional bookings, will be reflected in the coming days)
Other Opportunities (Joe as sideman)
Joe performs with (as a "sideman"):

The Mike Allen Trio at the Globe, Berlin, MD
featuring John Ewart
Friday 12/18/09 - 7-10pm

Bassist Dave Ross at the Inn at 202 Dover, Easton, MD
an elegant New Year's Eve
Thursday 12/31/09 - 9pm-1am 
The Holly Lane Trio at the Globe
swinging in the New Year
Saturday 1/2/10 - 7-10pm

"Shore Jazz" at the Denton Public Library
with Mike, John, and Holly
Friday 1/22/10 - evening
Beth McDonald at the Avalon Theatre, Easton, MD
singer/songwriter Beth performs "From the Heart"
Saturday 2/6/09 - 8pm 
see the schedule

New CD release by Danny Tobias: "Cheerful Little Earful".                   
Danny Tobias - trumpet, cornet
Gary Cattley - Bass
Joe - Piano
to order: $16 check or m/o to
Dan Tobias 
38 Fenwood Ave Mercerville NJ 08619  
Mainstay concert CD release planned
Joe's solo performance on 10/15/09 has been "preserved" for CD release in 2010. More details to come.
Sellout at the Milton 
Shore Jazz performed to an enthusiastic full house in their debut performance of "American Jazz - Inspired By Legends" on Saturday 11/28/09. A return engagement is planned for the spring. 
Joe's winter mini-tour
Concerts are planned for southern Florida in February (see listing above), with additional performance stops along the route. More info to come.
A return to the Prince Theatre
Joe's new concert concept: "Spontaneous Joy" debuts at the Prince Theatre, Chestertown, MD on 3/6/10, at 8pm.
Joe on You Tube
Selected concerts and events are recorded, and individual selections posted on YouTube as a "video diary". Joe's "video hub" channel contains performance highlights from 2006 though the present. Joe's current channel (2009) contains complete archives (playlists) of videos from this year's recorded events. Choose your "channel" by clicking the link below. 
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Joe Holt's Notes on the Radio:
Now in it's 4th year, Joe's weekly (half hour) program is your ticket to exclusive performances, "behind the scenes" audio, and the latest news.   
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Joe on CD:
Joe's label; "Joe Holt's Notes" has now grown to 7 titles (not counting the many recordings of others artists on which he appears). These CDs continue to document the creative path, and are available online. 
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From the Journal
In the green room at the Milton Theatre just before hit on Saturday night. Pictured from left to right, Dave Schiff, Mike McShane, John Ewart (Holly Lane not pictured - just her purse). This was a wonderful (and intense) evening and experience, on many levels. The time was right for this to happen. I have been with "Shore Jazz" (Mike, Holly, and John) for about 3 years, during which time personal, professional, and artistic rapport has grown. I've known Dave (always enjoying the opportunities to gig together) for many years, and with his recent move to lower Delaware, he has enthusiastically jumped on board. Due to an unusual circumstance at the theatre, we put this concert on the schedule with less than a month's lead time. Not cool, generally, unless you have performers with a long history of connection to the "neighborhood" (excluding me - I'm a "commuter"), and the drive and commitment of Mike McShane, who made the highly improbable (under the circumstances) happen: a sellout house. We gave a strong performance (with some exceptional moments), and the audience returned the love. New opportunities are now on the horizon for the group, both at and beyond the Milton. I'm happy to be a part of it.
From The Mailbag/ Comment Box
Hi Joe! Life is great: now I am in my work place listening to you play, the window is open the sun is shining, what else do I need?

I love this guy!! He has become a great friend, and never ceases to amaze me with his versatility. I felt like I had struck a gold mine the first time I heard him. Right up my alley!

You are the Robin Williams of the (piano) keyboard.
I love the expression on your face when it goes somewhere unexpected and you seem to say to yourself "now how did that theme creep in there" and then you go with it and explore it even further.
Awesome Joe, as always! You are a true inspiration. 
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