...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
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).
"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
SUNDAY 4/25/10: 5pm
solo piano in the jazz vespers service of the
Presbyterian Church, Pitman,
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.
with/accompanies singer/songwriter Beth McDonald,
in concert at the Avalon Theatre, Easton
Joe performs with the Mike Allen
Trio at Berlin (MD) Blues and Jazz
BashSwinging 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
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!
performs in concert at the Downs Cultural Center,
"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
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
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
|New concert video:
from "Spontaneous Joy"
Prince Theatre, Chestertown, MD,
"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
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
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!
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 (2010) will archive
videos from this year's recorded events. Choose
your "channel" by clicking the link
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. order now