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MP3 Joel Holmes - Eternal Vision

Traditional Jazz Piano Trio, "Inspirational Music that soothes the soul. It takes you on an unforgettable journey.... Through standards, arrangements and originals...A MUST BUY..."

13 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo, JAZZ: Jazz Fusion



Details:
Joel Holmes was born in Arizona on December 6, 1982.
The family moved
to Virginia where at school during Black History
Month, Joel heard the
musical sound that would change his life, “I first
heard ragtime at
music class. It was like a window opening.” With a
growing passion,
Joel soaked up a steady influence of jazz greats
like Oscar Peterson
and Art Tatum. At the age of 10, Joel would sit at
the family piano
and play along with these great musicians, naturally
following their
lead.
His mother Theresa first noticed her son''s musical
talent. Encouraged
by his initiative his father Dennis, a trumpet
player for the Old Guard
Fife and Drum Corp in Fort Myers, started off his
son’s music education
by teaching him all he knew about basic piano. He
learnt enough to
play in the local church band and a teenage go-go
band.

With his family finally settling down in the city of
Baltimore, MD Joel
formed his first band, in the last year of middle
school, aptly named
J-Groove. His talent was impressive enough for his
mother to suggest
he pursue an education in music. Enrolling in the
Baltimore School for
the Arts was a natural step where Joel’s admission
was based purely on
talent.

After high school, Joel won a full scholarship to
the acclaimed Peabody
Conservatory of Music, John Hopkins University where
he became an
understudy of Gary Thomas, the institute’s Director
of Jazz. He gained
popularity with his fellow students as they played
impressive
performances at various festivals and venues in both
the classical and
jazz genres.

Joel has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove
and a slew of other
respected musicians. He has also taught music and
theory at the Rock
Junior Academy, the Baltimore School for the Arts as
well as given
individual private lessons in jazz and classical
music.

A recent Bachelor of Arts graduate in Jazz
Performance, Joel’s
accolades include a gold medal in the Act-so
Competition of the NAACP,
a silver medal in the Local and National Levels and
an honorable
mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.

Now at 22, Joel composes his own style of music
blending an array of
traditional and contemporary jazz, gospel, R&B,
soul, hip-hop, neo
soul, funk, classical and pop. Although unique,
Joel’s music reflects
several influences like Keith Jarret, Art Tatum,
Herbie Hancock and
Ahmad Jamal, albeit steadfastly maintaining a Joel
Holmes identity. A
self-declared improviser, his music is what he
refers to as “a direct
expression of musical influences, spiritual freedom
and personal
interpretation.”
In addition, he plays a repertoire of over three
hundred well-known
tunes and is a respected pianist both nationally and
internationally,
with an impressive fan base of several hundred
people. He has opened
for The Temptations, The Manhattans, Tonex, Regina
Bell and Phil Perry.
Joel has had the honor of performing at The Kennedy
Center, Meyerhoff
Symphony Hall, The Litchfield and The Hartford;
Morgan State
University’s tribute to Baltimore Legends; performed
jazz with the
Baltimore Divas featuring Ethel Ennis and Ruby
Glover, the Dontae
Winslow Trio and Quartet, The Rhonda Robinson Trio;
played for theatre
companies such as The Theatre Project, Center Stage
and Everyman
Theatre; and takes pride in performing at jazz
festivals both solo as
well as with various jazz groups including his own,
The Joel Holmes Trio.
Formed in 2001, when Joel was still a student at
Peabody, The Joel
Holmes Trio has grown in reputation. The group,
with Joel on Piano, Herman Burney Bass, and Eric Kennedy Drums.

Formed in 2001, when Joel was still a student at
Peabody, The Joel
Holmes Trio has grown in reputation. The group,
with Joel at the helm,
consists of two sets of talented musicians, Anthony
Jenkins (upright/electric bassist) with Devin Gray (drums) and Eric Kennedy (drums) with Herman Burney Stick (upright bass).

As part of a solo and group affiliation with
national musicians, Joel
is now taking his unique blend of original
compositions and repertoire
of standards overseas for the first time. In
September 2005, The Joel Holmes Trio performed in Taiwan and Singapore.

The group is currently getting radio airplay at
Mosaic Online, a
popular online jazz radio station, and 88.9 a jazz station in Baltimore MD. Due to
increasing popularity, The
Joel Holmes Trio is touring extensively throughout
the East Coast and
has just completed his new Album "Eternal Vision."

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