Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Not sure why it took me so long to come up with this program title. In this video collection/playlist, there are 10 posts/selections from solo concert performances, that drive home the point. Not sure I could pay attention long enough to watch them all together, though. Okay - I dare you! ... huh?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The other show I'm performing began in 2008 as "An Evening of Piano Improvisation". Soon thereafter, the title was changed to "Spontaneous Joy"; perhaps a more appropriate description of the performance, but not very compelling (particularly if you don't know me). So, beginning on March 9, 2012, we'll call it like it is: "A.D.D. Improvisation". Once you see it, you'll know it fits. I'm looking forward to my debut performance at The Cabaret at Germanos, in Baltimore, MD. From everything I've heard and experienced (in the process leading up to the performance), Germano's Trattoria is a class act. Can't wait! If you're in the Baltimore area, hope you can join me!
Though I am way behind in video posting for some events, it won't stop me from (attempting, at least) posting current shows in reasonable time. All videos in this playlist are from the second half of; "Happiness ... A Thing Called Stride" (where I expand the variations on the theme a bit more than in the first half), performed last month in Annapolis, MD. In this concert, I reveal my own grounding in stride piano (the first 2 jazz pianists of major influence, via recordings, were Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller), and explore the path of self accompanying jazz piano. When I put myself out there to dedicated jazz audiences, this will (most often) be the concert concept of choice. Different every time, of course. It's jazz!
"Joe Holt provided just the jolt we needed to our jazz series in Annapolis!
He was the consummate performer who trilled our audience and filled our
soul. We feature guitar and piano based groups, trios and quartets usually,
and Joe was our first solo pianist! He filled the room and more than
satisfied the audience! I think I remember a standing ovation. Joe is one
tremendous talent playing stride piano all night long! We are having him
back as soon as possible!" - Elana Byrd
Thanks to Elana Byrd for bring me into her jazz series, and for scheduling me back for "Sunday Supper and Jazz", on Nov 18, 2012. Looking forward to it!
Monday, February 6, 2012
After getting a bit of instruction from my daughter, Charie' in my first Skype connection, I'm ready to give on line lessons a shot. It may seem strange, or awkward to conduct music lessons via video conversation, but I'm not feeling that. Tomorrow morning, I'll connect with Glenn, and the new path will open. It's really good to be back into teaching. The reality though, is that I live in a small town, with no big towns (only smaller ones) nearby. Through YouTube I have made many fans and friends around the globe, and now acquired some students. Connecting and sharing. Makes the world go round.