Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter
April, 2012
vol 8, no 4
                                             Spring Action 

Hope this finds you well, and happy Spring!
 I've long dealt with multiple spinning plates, and now it seems we've added a few bouncing pogo sticks. It's a (very) good thing (except all that bouncing makes it hard to attend to the plates).
In addition to the listings and postings below, there are other projects in the works, and announcements coming soon. Thanks for your continued interest in what I do.
From the Mailbag/Comment Box
Thank you for your music and all the wonderful You Tube videos.  I watch and listen to them all the time and try and pick up playing ideas.

One of the best improvisers  I've heard.

Your YouTube solos of the popular tunes from the 20s, 30s and 40s played at the nursing homes are, in my opinion, absolute standouts

I didn't recognize you without your piano

You are a joy to play with. We were smiling all night, as well as the crowd

Last Friday was fantastic!! We felt
like we were in New York City!

I love the Erroll Garner Spirit!!!!!!!!!

Lordy, how many fingers do you have??????

In the News (blog)

Lessons for the Thoughtful Pianist
Lesson 1D: Being Your Own Editor, is now on line:
There have been many speed-bumps along the way to this installment in the series, including a technical issue with the production of the CD. The lesson will be available in the coming days. Thanks for your patience.

Read more about "Lessons for the Thoughtful Pianist"
Featured Performance
One day last year, I was driving through Centerville, MD (about 20 min from where I live), and noticed a sign for a "Second Sunday Coffee House" at St. Paul's Church. All it took was a couple of e-mails, and I was on the schedule (wish everything could be this easy). And now, the date approaches: Sunday 5/13, at 6:30pm (yes, it's Mothers Day, but in the evening. so take you mom out to dinner first). I'll be performing my "A.D.D. Improvisation" concert which is always fun. Check out the  Second Sunday Coffeehouse Facebook page for more info. Hope to see you!
Joe's Schedule
solo piano:

SUNDAY 5/13: 6:30pm
A new venue for Joe, and close to home. A.D.D. Improvisation has something for everybody - perfect for the "all ages music venue". Come, and join in the fun!


Joe performs with


SATURDAY 5/5/12: 6:30-9:30pm

Shore Jazz at Cypress, Rehoboth Beach, DE Dave Schiff and Art Bookout join Joe for an evening of swinging, high energy jazz.  


FRIDAY 5/11/12: 6:30-9:30pm
Shore Jazz at Jerry's Seafood, Lewes, DE

Great seafood - swinging jazz! Join us! with: Mike McsShane and John Ewart  

FRIDAY 5/18/12: 9:30pm-12:30am

Dave Schiff"s Spontaneous Invention at Nomads Jazz Club, Wilmington, DE
Joe and Mike McShane join the inimitable saxophonist Dave Schiff for an evening of high energy jazz 

FRIDAY 5/25/12: 6:30-9:30pm  

We're still here. Where are you?



FRIDAY 6/1: 7-10pm  

Mike Buccino and friends, at the Washington Tavern, Chestertown, MD
First Friday in Chestertown, and jazz at the Washington Tavern. Perfect!

 Mike Buccino -bass, Mike Mcshane - drums, Dave Schiff - sax  

FRIDAY 6/15/12: 7-10pm  

Join us for some of the great "flag waver" jazz tunes. 


SATURDAY 6/23/12: 7pm

Dave Schiff's Spontaneous Invention at Abbott's Grill, Milford, DE
For Abbott's Grill's new Jazz Dinner series. Limited seating, reserve early     

FRIDAY 6/29/12: 7-10pm

What are you waiting for? 

New (and noteworthy) on You Tube
Since the last newsletter, I've uploaded several videos; some of which represent a departure from my usual live performance posts. As I announce new playlists (video collections to document a performance, or promote a theme) in my news blog, I'll list new (individual) and noteworthy postings here.
Videos posted since last month's newsletter:

Cherokee - solo piano

All of Me - Mike Buccino and Friends

A Mighty Fortress is our God - solo piano

Perdido - Shore Jazz

Struttin' With Some Barbeque - Dixieland Direct

And from the video post archive, my most viewed post, now at over 32,000:

Always - solo piano   

Joe's You Tube Channels:

Video Highlights (main) Channel

Performance documentation channels:

and the Lessons for the Thoughtful Pianist Channel
Join the Street Team
Lately I've been finding new opportunities, meeting new friends, and really feeling the love.
It's all about getting the word out, and with the internet, it's easy to do. One big way (which can keep you off the street) is social networking. Instead of stapling a flyer a tree, you can send an event invitation. If you are on Facebook, you don't have to commit to an event to be able to invite your friends to it. Just click "maybe attending" and the share options appear. Or just regular old e-mail: for any concert event that you would care to help me promote, I can send a pdf flyer, and an appropriate video link to share, just let me know. And, thanks!
From the Journal
It's super cool to live in a place where people come to get away. When I go outside, I'm already away, in one regard. The flip side, of course, is that when I need to be somewhere, it's usually nowhere near where I am. So, my destinations are, perhaps, driven more often by necessity than desire, than may be the case with some. Later this (Saturday) morning, I'll take a walk in town (likely passing the view of Water Street pictured above). Downtown Chestertown is about a mile from my house, so practically speaking, I am already (t)here. To that flip side, I need to hold the context in view, when I am tempted to feel that it's a drag to drive the hour and a half or more to play a gig in Lewes, DE, or Ocean City, MD, or Arlington VA, or Phila, or Atlantic City. When I get home from the job, I'm already away. Cool!

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