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    JOEL HOLMES BIOGRAPHY

    Joel Holmes began teaching himself tunes by ear at age 10. He grew up playing with local bands and primarily in church.  His family soon moved from Virginia to Baltimore so that he could attend the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts.  Later, Joel Holmes became the Director of Jazz at his alma mater.  He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance.

    Over the years, Joel has received numerous honors including 2 Grammy Nominations, a gold medal in the Act-so competition of the NAACP, and honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the fifth annual Independent Music Awards and an honorable mention in the VH1 Song of the Year Awards.

    Over the last several years, Joel has toured the world with Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, vocalist Nnenna Freelon. He is currently in the Quartet of the great Saxophonist Javon Jackson who is an ex jazz Messenger with Art Blakey. Joel Holmes has performed all over the world solo,duos and with his trios touring Italy, France, Taiwan, Japan,Ukraine, Kazakstan, Krygystan, Russia, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Holland, England, Spain, Chile,Ecuador, Uruguay, Canada, USA,Colombia, etc.

     Joel Holmes has played with Curtis Fuller,Terrace Blanchard, Gary Thomas, Jimmy Cobb,Roberta Gambarini, Azar Lawrence,Tim Warfield, Greg Osby, Tim Green, Butch Warren, Reggie Workman, Cecil Mcbee and many more.  With such a diverse educational and performing background, it is no surprise that his music blends so many styles and influences.  From contemporary jazz to gospel to funk to R&B, Joel can be heard fusing these genres and traditional jazz piano stylings such as Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner and Oscar Peterson.

     

     

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  • JOEL HOLMES-Jazz Piano Theory and Lessons-Masterclass/Workshop.
    CLASSES FOR ALL AGES AND ALSO FOR NON MUSICIANS (GENERAL PUBLIC) AS WELL

    MUSIC AS A LANGUAGE AND THEORY AND SCALES AS GRAMMAR. VOCAL WORKSHOP ( WHY MANY MUSICIANS DISLIKE SINGERS, HOW TO COMMUNICATE, HOW TO COUNT, RHYTHM, PRACTICAL EXERCISES, ETC RHYTHM SECTIONS ( HEARING EVERYONE, KNOWING YOUR ROLE, SOUND, IMAGINATION, TEAM WORK, ) ALL HORNS MODERN APPROACH (GOSPEL INFLUENCES AND R&B,HIP HOP AND FUNK, ASIA,AFRICA ETC ETHNIC BEBOP AND HIP HOP ( PARALLELS OF THE TWO) MUSIC BUSINESS ( HOW TO TOUR WITH YOUR OWN BAND, HOW TO NETWORK, THE POWER OF FACEBOOK AND WEBSITES, MAKING YOUR OWN CDS AND PROMOTION) PRACTICING JAZZ FROM A MILLENIUM PERSPECTIVE ( INTERNET, TECHNOLOGY, SLOW ME DOWN ETC,) WAYS TO PRACTICE WITHOUT AN INSTRUMENT ( SINGING, LISTENING CAREFULLY, ETC) PRINCIPALS OF THE MASTERS ( stage is like a sanctuary, taking the music seriously, music should flow like water, hearing one time and learning, knowing all keys). SOLO PIANO PIANO AND VOICE, PIANO AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS CONCEPTS VERSES TECHNIQUE ROAD CHOPS, ( TOURING, BOOKING , STREET SMARTS, MINIMIZING RISK, MASTER COMMUNICATORS, MASTER ACCOMPANY- MUSIC TELEPATHY, FINDING YOUR OWN VOICE ARRANGING STANDARDS, (STYLES, TEMPOS, GROOVES,HARMONY, CONCEPTS) AVOIDING TRAINWRECKS, (PROBLEM SOLVERS) SETLISTS AND PICKING SONGS "KEEPING IT REAL "AND SAYING WHAT YOU MEAN MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN ALL OF US.
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