"The most in-tune accompanist I have ever encountered, and not just because he hits the right notes (haha), but because he is able to meet those who share a stage with him exactly where they are. He isn't thrown off by switching genres or trying new arrangements. Musically speaking, he takes the hand of the one he's accompanying and together they find that sacred place of connection with their audience. It's a beautiful thing to witness, both as a fan and a fellow performer. He's quite simply the best."
"WOW…. I LOVE JOE HOLT! Joe is the consummate piano accompanist - truly a gifted musician. Let me set the scene: We’re doing a “show”. My music charts are not etched in stone…MY 1st mistake….Joe decides to quote 4 or 5 different songs in the middle of the song that I’m CURRENTLY singing, which makes me laugh….My 2nd mistake… I “egg” him on, and I can’t help it, He’s FUNNY! Sometimes what he’s playing makes ME stop and just listen. He’s so musically entertaining that I’ll stop and say something like “Oh Yeah, well, can you play my song with a Rachmaninoff feel - of course being the great pianist that he is, with the biggest ears (musical ears) ever, He complies….and this is all in the middle of my song...our show! (LOL) Together, we are both musically crazy, and that’s why IT WORKS! We WILL DELIVER a show! I’m sure that anyone that works with Joe is very comfortable with him and what he brings to the “show”. I truly enjoy working with Joe. He’s quite the “musical showman”! His sense of humor always shows up in his music…YOU GOTTA LISTEN TO CATCH IT ALL! His humor always comes through, but music is first and it’s ALWAYS musically tasteful, and there are NO MISTAKES!! The audiences LOVE HIM, and so do I!"
"I can tell you definitively, as a Vocalist, you are nothing without a talented musician the likes of pianist, Joe Holt. Whether he’s on the gig as a ‘Sideman’ solo with you, or with a band…Joe is the standout performer on that stage. I don’t mean to imply he’s dominating the spotlight. Joe is there as an artist performing so fluidly, with the group or the singer, that the depth & grace of his musicianship may be lost on the audience. Joe Holt’s range of style is only surpassed by his ability to play those styles so incredibly well. And it’s that reason that Joe Holt is one of the most in demand pianists in all of the Mid-Atlantic region. Singers love him because he allows them room to truly deliver a lyric with all opportunity for any amount of emotion, subtlety, punch, or that slight slide off of a low drawn breath in to that next phrase…Joe is there with you as you tell your song story.
Eddie Sherman (Executive Director, True Blue Jazz Festival)
"Performing with Joe Holt is an exhilarating experience. He lays down a great cushion, he swings and listens/reacts on the highest level. I can’t wait until we play together again!
"(Joe) is the genuine article, an artiste, whose work is a reflection and an extension of who he is. He has found the elusive balance sought by all jazz musicians: the balance between the craft of performing music that is recognizable as being in the traditions of jazz, and the artistry of creating a very personal expression within those same traditions."
"Amazing Joe. There are very few piano players in the world that can improvise like this
I stand in awe. You have such incredible control over what you do - your interaction with the music and the instrument. Thanks for inspiring me.
"Few in the world can do what Joe does" - Camilo Carrara
"Very proud of all you've accomplished" - Don Glanden
"Joe is a poet with a piano" - Meredith Davies Hadaway
"Joe Holt is a gem" - Chuck Redd
"Truly extraordinary" - Sharon Sable
"You are a genius" - Matthew Brower
"A wonderfully sensitive pianist" - Tom Lagana
"An incredibly perceptive musician" - Ken Schleifer
"Blessed to be working with this guy" - Barbara Parker
"His range is great. I am deeply impressed" - Tom McHugh
"Watching Joe perform is like a spiritual experience" - Vincent Varrassi
"I really like the way you play" - Larry McKenna
"Always delightful and inspirational" - Rosemary Benson
"A marvelously creative sorcerer of spontaneity" - Max Murray
"The joy when he plays is boundless and infectious" - Felicia Carter
"Joe does with the piano what Robin Williams does with comedy" - Keith Thompson
"There is no more generous, selfless or fearless musician than Joe Holt" - Philip Dutton
"Your left hand is a machine and your right hand is a creator of exquisite art" - Seth Kibel
"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."
"Since first meeting Joe in high school I have always been amazed by his musical talent. My brother and I both have been fortunate enough to work with him for forty plus years. He has an amazing ear and technique, with a great jazz feel. But most of all he has a style all his own, something unique in music today. I always enjoy working with Joe because I enjoy listening to him and I believe anyone who hears him will feel the same."
"Joe Holt is a musician who has absorbed the feel and technique of the great jazz pianists, from Hines, to Garner, to Jarrett. This immersion has enabled him to do what it is all jazz musicians strive for, to speak in his own voice."
"In my opinion, the true mark of a "musician" or "artist" is one who indelibly leaves his mark on anything he does. You, my friend Joe, have unquestionably done so. You have such a wonderful, characteristic style of playing, obviously inspired, and drawing from all that you know, feel and have experienced up until the exact moment a note is struck. Musician-artist you are indeed."
"When you listen to Joe, listen with your heart." - Grace R.
"This man is authentically sharing himself." - Greg N.
"Solo Joe, I just love" - Becky B.
"You never disappoint" - Linda H.
"I love to watch you do your thing!" - Amy N.
"Your playing always makes me happy! - Tom S.
"Who needs a jazz band when you’ve got Joe Holt?" - Beth B.
"Joe makes the piano sound like a full orchestra" - Lynn H.
"I love the traditional values of your playing." - Don R.
"As a musician, I appreciate your combination of classical and jazz." - Louise C.
"You are the most eloquently musical person EVAH!" - Paula J.
"Joe is able to bond with his audiences, and one of the best improvisers I’ve heard.” - Bill W.
"Victor Borge is smiling somewhere." - Roger F.
"Wildly creative and most entertaining." - Dave B.
"Liberace would be proud of you." - Philip D.
"I was waiting for some smoke to come out of that piano!" - Barry H.
"I don't think I will ever tire of the genius of Joe Holt on the piano!" - Ida S.
"No matter what Joe plays it's always an amazing work of musical genius" - Dave S.
"You've got an amazing, divine gift" - Suzanne B.
"Man Joe, you are a sick cat." - Stephen R.
"Awesome dude, simply awesome." - Stephen O.
"I envy you for your musical inventiveness, and for your hair." - Wolfgang R.
"Your music performances always move me deeply." - Johnny M.
"You play with so much emotion. Really lovely." - Christiane G.
"Thank you for the beautiful music." - Jim M.
"Your playing is so special" - Sharon S.
"Like no one else" - Bud R.
"Your music is joyous and inspiring" - Richard S.
"I credit you with helping maintain my sanity, such as it is." - Debra C.
"You seem to know exactly what to play to touch my heart." - Katherine Y.
"Outstanding solo work, stuff that gets into the marrow of your bones." - Bob J.
"Monk, McKenna and Fats all mixed into one." - Jeff P.
"Lordy, how many fingers do you have??????" - Roo B.
"Every time you touch a piano my brain melts." - Nathan W..
"You continue to be my inspiration." - Bernie C.
"You made me a better piano player and are an inspiration to us all!" - Andrew W.
"You make the world much better." - Tom A.
"Your music is so filled with God and happiness." - Mary G.