Professional Testimonials

" Joe Holt can be called a "piano man" in the tradition of the great single acts of the piano world....While he focuses on the stride tradition, his range is great.....Joe Holt is fine...both
to see, to listen to, and experience."

- Dr. Tom McHugh: Founder/Director; The Mainstay, Rock Hall, Md.


"Joe Holt is something of a rarity on today's musical landscape: a...jazz musician with a healthy respect for melody. If you saw Joe during his recent concert...you know he's something to see. Holt is fun to listen to. He's even more fun to watch. A virtuoso performer, he wears his pleasure and his passion for the piano on his sleeve. The pleasure that lights up his face when he tickles the ivories just so is a joy to behold. His instrument and his smile are reminiscent of Rowlf, the piano playing dog on "The Muppet Show"


- Peter Howell, Easton Star Democrat, 9/8/06 & 12/23/06

"Working with Joe Holt ranks as one of the highlights for my professional career, as a performer and a producer. Joe's music comes from his heart, and no chart or score can replace that!"

- John Schratwieser: Executive Director; Prince Theater Foundation, Chestertown, Maryland

“The ever tasteful...Joe Holt stirs memories of Teddy Wilson. (His) versatility shows up early and often.”

- The American Rag, Aug, 2006

Out of (Joe Holt’s) original playing, one can hear the influence of Erroll Garner, Count Basie and George Shearing...mixing in some blues, bop, and stride.

- Tri-State Skylark Newsletter Oct, 2006 www.tristatejazz.com

"Joe Holt is Mr. Happy. The joy when he plays is boundless and infectious, you just can't be sad. Joe is a cure for the blues."

- Felicia Carter: Jazz and Blues vocalist www.feliciacarter.com

"The first words that come to mind when I think about Joe Holt's piano playing are passion, commitment, soulfulness and swinging!   I always look forward to playing music with Joe. It's a gratifying experience every time."

- Steve Beskrone, Bassist  www.stevebeskrone.com

"Joe Holt's piano performance at the Downs Cultural Center is always a delight. Toe tapping during the performance and leaving the theater with a smile is an every time occurrence for our audiences!"


- Alfreda Clinton, Director, Downs Cultural Center, Wilmington, De.

 

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