Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter
April, 2010
 Vol 10 No 3 
                                        Where to start... 

...Perhaps by saying that I hope you had a wonderful Easter Holiday. Next, that I regret missing a month (March) with this newsletter. Bet you didn't even notice :)  

Hope this mailing finds you well. Good thing I am (well), because I've been busier that ever - much of it "behind the scenes". Can't really say which single component of the "busyness" is the most exciting. Lots of recording, collaboration, administration (always a challenge), and discovery. And - starting this month - expanded performance opportunities:

Check out the (new) jazz brunch in Easton MD (if you live nearby). There may be other dates, but only 4/11 is definite (as of this e-mailing). The Inn at 202 Dover is a delightful establishment, and worth the trip. Also this month, the concert debut of the "Joe Holt Trio" (with 2 fantastic guest artists). And...

Joe's Appearances
SUNDAY 4/11/10: 11am-2pm
Joe performs solo piano for Jazz Brunch at the
Peacock, at The Inn at 202 Dover, Easton, MD
Jazz Brunch! Brand new concept for this wonderful destination. Enjoy one of the region's finest establishments, with jazz piano in the parlor.
SATURDAY 4/17/10: 8pm
The Joe Holt Trio featuring Felicia Carter, with special guest Danny Tobias, at the Milton (DE) Theatre
"Happiness ... a Thing Called Jazz"
The Joe Holt Trio: with Gary Cattley - bass, and Mike McShane - drums are joined by respected jazz veterans Felicia (vocals), and Danny (trumpet) for an evening of jazz happiness!
Don't miss this opportunity to experience All-Star Jazz at the Milton Theater - for one night only!
SUNDAY 4/25/10: 5pm
Joe performs solo piano in the jazz vespers service of the
First Presbyterian Church, Pitman, NJ
Of the many Jazz Vespers First Presbyterian Church has hosted over the years, Joe was the first to present as a solo artist (in 2007), and now, is delighted to return. This environment is "safe", "friendly", inspirational, and each jazz vespers service supports a worthy charity. April's vespers will support Rise Malawi. Come, for a unique experience.

SATURDAY, 5/8/10: 2:30-3:30pm
Joe performs with the Mike Allen Trio at
Berlin (MD) Blues and Jazz Bash
Swinging instrumental jazz in a fun and festive outdoor setting. Berlin is just 5 miles inland from Ocean City. A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
SATURDAY, 5/15/10: 8pm

Joe performs with/accompanies singer/songwriter Beth McDonald, in concert at the Avalon Theatre, Easton MD
This is the rescheduled date from the blizzard cancellation in February, and Beth's been busy. A new band (with Joe's trio personell at the core), and a new (all originals) CD to be released at the concert. Beth will perform from the Great american Song book, as well as her own compositions from her 4 CD releases. Not to be missed!  

SATURDAY 6/5/10: 2pm
Joe performs in concert at the Downs Cultural Center, Wilmington, DE
"Spontaneous Joy" - A solo piano improvisation concert. Jazz? Yes - and much more. Spend a fun afternoon with Joe at the Downs Center. All Downs Center events are free to the community. Reservations are requested.
From the Mailbag/Comment Box 

Joe, I continue to look at you as an inspiration and motivation. We all strive as musicians to acquire what you have already found and use freely with your musicianship. Thanks for your art, Joe...

Ouch! That was so on point it hurt! If only I could play like that. Keep up the good work!
This is a masterpiece -- I hope that people who view this appreciate what they are hearing
As expected, your "new" trio sounds wonderful! We are so happy for you, Joe.
If I could have one musical prayer answered it would be that I could play the piano with the heart and passion that you do brother. Simply a gift from our Father in Heaven and lots of hard work. Thanks for the blessing.
New concert video:
from "Spontaneous Joy"
Prince Theatre, Chestertown, MD, 3/6/10:
Radio interference: 
"Joe Holt's Notes on the Radio" will be on hiatus (as of 3/17/10).
The archive will remain open. Look for more info in the near future.
The "Joe Holt Trio" performs in concert: "Happiness...A Thing Called Jazz", featuring Felicia Carter, with special guest Danny Tobias, at the Milton (DE) Theatre on April 17, at 8pm.
New "Joe Holt Trio" CD:
Recording has just completed for the debut "Joe Holt Trio" CD: "Happiness...A Thing Called Jazz", to be released at the Milton Theatre concert on 4/17/10. Yes, it's very happy!  :)
New Beth McDonald CD:
Work has begun on Beth McDonald's 4th CD release: "Take It From Me". This is the singer/songwriter's first all-original release. Joe, with his trio, and trumpet ace Tim Leahey back up Beth on this groundbreaking project.  
From the Journal
Pre-show prep (w/ Beth McDonald) for the annual "Women Helping Women" fund-raising concert at the Prince Theatre (Chestertown) last evening. Was privileged to (again) serve as "musical director" for the performance (Sue Matthews was the Executive Producer) - which included all the top (women) stage performers from the area. The show was a smashing success, in every regard. Personally, I am often most comfortable in the role of accompanist, making the connection with the performer, in collaborative support. I think it's fair to say that we all were comfortable, and very pleased with the evening. This was my 3rd appearance on this stage in 5 days, including my solo concert - "Spontaneous Joy" - on Saturday (more about that later). Speaking of concerts, looking forward now to the "breakout" show for the "Joe Holt Trio", at the Milton (DE) Theatre, on April 17th. Things continue to fall into place, including Beth McDonald "regrouping" for her rescheduled concert at the Avalon Theatre (May 15th), and hiring my trio (personnel) for her core band. Working now on a new "Joe Holt Trio" CD to release at the Milton on 4/17, and a new - all originals - CD for Beth to be available for her 5/15 show. Good stuff!
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