...well for me,
as I've been writing and rewriting this little
introduction for some time. It's always (and
often much) easier for me to get something
across from the piano. Lots going on in that
realm, which I'm anxious to share with you
| Solo Piano Performances:
performs solo piano for Jazz Brunch at The Inn at
202 Dover, Easton, MD
Enjoy one of the Mid
-Atlantic's finest inns, and restaurants, with
jazz piano in the
performs in concert at the First Baptist Church,
"Spontaneous Joy" - Joe
presents improvisations on jazz standards,
classical themes, hymns, popular song,and
demonstrations of musical spontaneity, including
his signature: "A.D.D.
performs in concert at the Downs Cultural Center,
"Spontaneous Joy" - Joe's
improvisation concert with a holiday
performs in concert at the Avalon Theatre - Stoltz
Listening Room, Easton MD
Joe's solo debut at the Avalon
promises to be both Spontaneous and Joyful!
Improvisations on jazz and popular standards,
classical themes, and , fun demonstrations,
including Joe's "A.D.D.
The Joe Holt
Holt Trio and friends at the Church Hill Theatre,
Church Hill, MD. Featuring Mike McShane -
drums, Gary Cattley - bass/tuba. With special guests: Beth
McDonald -vocals, John Ewart -
"Happiness ... A Thing
Called Jazz" - You'll leave with a smile, we
FRIDAYS: 8-11pm (excluding
performs with the Shore Jazz Trio at Rupert's Bar
and Restaurant, St Michaels,
joins Mike McShane and John Ewart for Friday Night
Joe Holt Trio performs w/ Song Stylist Larzine, at
the Milton Theatre, Milton, DE
backed by Joe and the guys, will present a
showcase of the great songstresses, including:
Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lee, Dinah
Washington, and Diana Ross.
SATURDAY 10/16: 7-11pm
Larzine comes to town for
Jazz Festival weekend.
The Joe Holt Trio performs with Song Stylist
Larzine at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, Rehoboth
For the Thoughtful Pianist |
back!! Check out the new lesson blog, where
I'll be posting regular updates. The ThoughtfulPianist YouTube
channel is also back in business!
Lessons are now available, starting with
Lesson 1A: "The Foundation, and Practice, of
playing By Ear", with written
article, and companion audio CD, by mail
order. Each month, a new lesson will be
posted on YouTube, and made available for
purchase. These lessons are expanded from their
original versions. Now, it seems, all
the puzzle pieces are in place to make
this series become all I've envisioned it
could be. Check it out, and let's learn
the Mailbag/Comment Box|
100% loved every single note of your
improvisation...there is not even a single non
necessary or irrelevant phrase in your
improvisation. It was such a clean and strong
improvisation. Loved it ...wow."
"I just discovered your
2010 channel Joe - lots more here to listen to
(and learn from)."
"He (Joe) does outstanding solo work, stuff
that gets into the marrow of your bones."
"Spectacularly played. This is such a joy to
"Any of you interested in improving your piano
skills, CHECK OUT JOE'S VIDEO (etc.). Via this
video, he's already... helped me understand
something in only 9 minutes about which I've been
confused for a lifetime."
"Darn you, Holt! Darn you! Why can't I be you?
Or, at least have .0000001 of your talent and
skills set? Why is this life such frustration??
Darn you! Posting yet another agonizingly
beautiful video. Will this never stop?? (We
fervently hope not.)"
Lessons For The Thoughtful
Pianistare back on line!
Lessons 1B: "Steps to Tension and
Resolution" is now available.
Facebook: Lessons For The Thoughtful
Pianist. Do you "like" this?
American Cruise Lines
retained Joe as a featured entertainer,
following the well received performances in
Chestertown this summer. Joe will be boarding
the American Spirit, as it visits Cambridge, MD
for show piano shows through early
Joe performs his
solo debut at the Avalon Theatre, in the Stoltz Listening
On board the "American Spirit", in Cambridge
MD, after my show last night. Courtney (left) and
Melissa (right) take good care of their guests,
and have fun in the process. I'm happy to have
this association now, with American Cruise Lines.
It seems a perfect fit. Admittedly, though, this
is one of those things that "just happens", apart
from any purposeful intervention on our part. I
would not have known about this opportunity, were
it not for being placed by the Prince Theatre
(when they were contracted to book the
entertainment when the Spirit cam to Chestertown,
for the first time, this summer). Certainly a
"right place at the right time" deal. What makes a
impression on me, though (and does continually),
is the idea of being prepared for whatever is
gurgling just underneath the radar screen. It
seems that "auditions" (for whatever) probably
happen more frequently than we are aware of, and,
to successfully be at "the right place at the
right time" does involve something deliberate and
premeditated on our part - being ready. At the
core, though, the hand and mind of God,
understanding and orchestrating far more than we
could ever begin to.
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 8 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
Thank you, as always, for your interest and
Hope things are going well for you, and that
you have a great