Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter
Vol 7, No 6
November, 2011

Hoping this finds you well. Here in the U.S.A., we look forward to a festive season, beginning with a feast intended to remind us of all we have for which to be thankful. Temporal circumstances change, but the admonition to "... in everything give thanks" points us to a deeper place, and connection. Last evening (as I write this) I experienced this connection with a room full of people at the Mainstay. I am thankful, of course, for a well attended show, a nice piano, the support and encouragement of many friends, and much more. I'm also learning to be thankful when things are less than ideal (note, I said learning). In everything ... In every performance, I purpose to be thankful for every sound I hear. When this is realized, true thanksgiving (not tied to circumstances) takes me away from tripping over my concerns, to a freedom to "hold hands" with those around me, in a shared experience/connection. Thank you for joining me on the ride.     
Joe's (public) Performance Schedule
Solo piano concerts:

TUESDAY 11/22/11: 2pm
Joe performs "Spontaneous Joy" at the Downs Cultural Center, Wilmington, DE
All Downs Center events are free to the community. Reservations requested.
SUNDAY 12/11/11: 6pm
Joe performs "Do You Hear What I Hear" at Trinity Nazarene Church, Hanover, PA
Joe returns to Trinity Church for a Christmas concert, featuring music from "Do You Hear What I Hear".
SUNDAY 12/18/11: 3pm
Joe performs "Do You Hear What I Hear" at First Methodist Church, Chestertown, MD
Joe's Christmas concert featuring music from his 2 Christmas/Holiday CDs. Fun improvisation and
poignant meaning. Join us for this unique seasonal event.
SATURDAY 12/24/11: time tba
"Christmas Eve around the Piano" at First Church of the Nazarene, Newark, DE
Joe joins in the service of lessons and carols as guest pianist. Celebrate the meaning of the season with us.
SATURDAY 1/14/12: 8pm
Joe performs "Happiness ... A Thing Called Stride", at 49 West, Annapolis, MD
Joe's debut performance at this popular venue. Imaginative improvisation, familiar favorites, and happiness!

Joe also performs with:.
FRIDAYS 12/16,30: 8-11pm
Joe performs with the Shore Jazz Trio at Big Pickle Food Bar, St Michael's MD
The band performs weekly. Joe fills the keyboard chair on the above dates.
SATURDAYS 11/26 and 12/3,17: 7-10pm
Joe performs with the Shore Jazz Trio at Beseme', Lewes DE
Same as above, but note that the run ends on 12/17.  
FRIDAY 11/25, and SATURDAY 12/10: 6-9pm
Joe performs with the Eddie Sherman Show at Cilantro's, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Sherman sings the swingin' standards. Joe plays them. The place to be.
FRIDAY 12/2/11: 8pm
Joe performs with the Shore Jazz Trio at the Night Cat, Easton, MD
The Shore Jazz Trio makes it's debut at the Night Cat on Friday Dec. 2. W/ John Ewart - sax, and Mike McShane - drums, with special guest - Paul Midiri - vibes, trombone. From Jobim to Brubeck to Fats Waller to Preservation Hall. Come, and enjoy the ride.
FRIDAY 12/23/11: 9pm-midnight
Joe performs with the Dave Schiff Trio at Nomads jazz club, Wilmington, DE
Joe and Mike McShane join the inimitable saxophonist Dave Schiff for an evening of high energy jazz.
SATURDAY 12/31/11: time tba
Joe performs with vocalist Beth McDonald at The Inn at 202 Dover, Easton, MD
Mike McShane joins Joe for instrumental dance music, and accompanying Beth for this elegant NYE party.

Mailbag/Comment Box
I am glad to become acquainted with your playing. You sound very fine indeed.

Please keep the entertaining Joe Holt's Notes coming. They're the next best thing to being there.      

Amazing Joe Holt. Joe is incredible!!! Each time I hear him I am more in awe.

I'm enjoying your lessons - and the great analogies; esp. when referring to labels, you said " would be like me spelling the words as I was speaking to you. It wouldn't make sense."

PERFECT - And, perfectly stated! : )

Thank you, Joe. I will look forward to receiving your CD. I 
first heard you on "You Tube" playing "Always". It is such a 
beautiful rendition; my husbnd and I have listened to it many times.

Pianist Joe Holt is a soloist extraordinaire, and intense musician with terrific chops (who) shows you he means business.

Thats so cool. What an inspiration to be playing music, living your dream.

Melancholy, wistful, beautiful.

Shake that head around.


In the News (blog)
Shore Jazz on the Move

CD Review - The American Rag

Join the Street Team
"Street Team" is a fancy name for dedicated friends/fans who kindly help in spreading the word. Count Bob Haist among the street people (his term). A few weeks ago this flyer (click to enlarge) appeared in my e-mail. Many thanks to Bob for his longstanding and enthusiastic support (and the flyer). Just to be clear, you don't have to know how to design a flyer to be a "street person" (sorry, Bob, I just had to). Also a few weeks ago, my friend Kate Bennett (music director at the Presbyterian Church) sent an e-mail notification to the members of the church choir informing them about the concert. Several  (from the choir) came to the Mainstay. Thanks, Kate! Kate and Bob are not alone. I'm grateful for all who support what I do in many ways, large and small. Have an idea? Join the team!

From the Journal
We've all heard, or at least intuitively understand the whole 'life is a tapestry" thing. That's about the big picture, and context beyond our view. To accept this notion is to consider forces beyond ourselves; at work not only toward our, but also a greater good. A light bulb is now illumined in this regard; enough for me to recognize the application of "We may make our plans, but God determines the outcome", yet again... click to continue
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