Joe Holt's Notes Newsletter
September, 2012
                                              Happy Autumn!
And it is! Hope so for you as well.
Thanks for your continued interest in what I do. It's a busy time: 
-The weather was perfect for the Chestertown Jazz Festival this year! Read about in the Journal post to the right.
-The annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is just about here. I'll be performing, along with Mike McShane, in 2 ensembles, over 6 separate engagements. Read about it in the News Blog post below.
-My new CD release: "In the Spirit of Dave McKenna" is now available. Read about it in the News Blog, and on my website.
-Speaking of website; the website makeover is near complete (thank you Max Murray). You should check it out.
That's not all (by a long shot), so check out the newsletter, and see what's up. Thanks for reading.


Featured Performance
On February 27th of last year, I was delighted to be included in the Tri-State Jazz Society's year long solo piano concert series (running in addition to the regular band concerts they sponsor). This year they have consolidated the piano events into their regular schedule, and I am privileged (and again delighted) to return. This time, a change of venue: the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA. 
If you're in the Phila/Wilmington DE ares, I hope you'll consider coming out and supporting the Tri-Sate Jazz Society's efforts (and mine).
Joe's Schedule Highlights
Featured Concerts:
SUNDAY 10/7/12: 2pm
Joe performs solo piano in concert at the Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA
Presented by the Tri State Jazz Society, this is a return performance for Joe, performing classic jazz and stride, including selections from his new CD release "In the Spirit of Dave McKenna"  
Read the review from Joe's TSJS concert of 2/27/11.

SUNDAY 11/18/12: 7pm
Joe performs solo piano in concert at 49 West, Annapolis, MD  A return 49 West performance for Joe, this time in Elana Byrd's "Sunday Supper and Jazz" series.

Joe also performs with:
SATURDAY 10/6/12: 7-10pm
Spontaneous Invention at Hooked Seafood/Martini Bar, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Dave, Mike and Joe settle in for once an month at Hooked. Join us!  

FRIDAY 10/26/12: time tba
Shore Jazz at Jerry's Seafood, Lewes, DE
Steady as she goes! Reservations strongly suggested.

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival weekend:
THURSDAY 10/11/12: 6-9pm
Shore Jazz at Just in Thyme, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Join John Ewart, Mike Mcshane and Joe to kick off Jazz Festival weekend!
FRIDAY/SATURDAY: 10/12,13/12: 4:30 -7:30 (time tentative)
Spontaneous Invention at Old Bay Steak House, Rehoboth Beach, DE
"Happy hour" spot for Dave Mike and Joe for Jazz Festival weekend
 FRIDAY/SATURDAY: 10/12,13/12: 9pm-midnight
Spontaneous Invention at Arena's, Rehoboth Beach, DE
The Energizer jazz band continues into the night (midnight, anyway)
SUNDAY  10/14: 10am-2pm
Shore Jazz at Bethany Blues, Lewes, DE
The Sunday Brunch for Jazz festival weekend

Visit the schedule for venue links and the latest event posting.


In the "News" (blog)


From the Mailbag/Comment Box
Joe takes an uncommon joy in being on stage, always entertaining and informative

Everyone loved your set, not just me.

I have almost worn out your absolutely marvelous Dave McKenna record.  You have him perfectly. Reminds me of hearing him at his home base in  Boston.

You're a wonderful pianist and it was inspiring to listen to you play.
I listened to the CD this morning. I should have taken notes, there is so much I like in it.

Great, ole boy!
New (and noteworthy) on You Tube
Video posted since the last newsletter:
Full Concert Video - solo piano

And from the video post archive:
Glory of Love
This post is from the first performance I recorded, upon opening my You Tube channel. Wound up not having all my ducks in a row with regard to camera placement, and had to settle for the worst possible angle (live and learn). Went ahead with the posting, figuring: "It's about the music, right?". Most (but not everyone) will agree.

Joe's You Tube Channels:   
Performance documentation channels:


and the 
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From the Journal
On Saturday, September 15, the revived Chestertown Jazz festival took sail; picking up anchor after 6 years in dry dock. Pictured above is the beautiful view from the back end of the festival tent (I lamented not getting a picture of Sultana sailing on the Chester river, as a backdrop for the festival, so was happy to find this picutre posted on the Kent county Arts Council's Facebook page, among others from the event). The day was just, perfect...
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