Bob Holz

Bob Holz

Instrument: Drums | Location: Los Angeles

Bob Holz is one of the top jazz fusion drummers and composers on the scene today.
—Matt Micucci, Jazziz Magazine​

Updated: May 3, 2022

Born: February 3, 1958

Bob Holz and A Vision Forward is drummer / composer Bob Holz ( Larry Coryell, Stanley Clarke, John McLaughlin, Jean Luc Ponty, Darryl Jones, Mike Stern), guitarist Mikal Serafim and bassist Vynce Watson. They are touring to support Holz's new release, Holz-Stathis: Collaborative which features John Mclaughlin, Jean Luc Ponty, Randy Brecker, Ralphe Armstrong, Alex Acuna, Brandon Fields, Jamie Glaser, Ada Rovatti, Billy Steinway, Airto Moreira and Dean Brown.

An alumni of Berklee College of Music, Bob majored in performance and composition with teachers Gary Chaffee and Joe Hunt. He went on to study privately with Dave Weckl and Billy Cobham. Holz has composed and recorded for many live and studio recordings. Holz has also toured extensively as a band leader with Bob Holz and A Vision Forward and The Bob Holz Band.

​Bob has worked with Larry Coryell, Ralphe Armstrong, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Stanley Clarke, Darryl Jones, Dean Brown, Alex Acuna, Ric Fierabracci, Brandon Fields, Chet Catallo, Jamie Glaser, Steve Weingart, Ada Rovatti, Mike Miller, Ben Shepherd, Dian Moreira and Billy Steinway. Holz has shared the stage with James Cotton, Peter Tosh, The Outlaws, Mountain, Noel Redding, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Head East, Savoy Brown, Wolfman Jack, The Winters Brothers, Blackfoot, Shemika Copeland, Johnny Winter, Eddie Money, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John, The Grass Roots, Three Dog Night, Blue Oyster Cult, Elvin Bishop, Duke Robillard, Renee Austin, Marcia Ball, Sue Foley, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, Commander Cody, Point Blank, Grinderswitch, Stillwater, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Orleans, Brian Howe of Bad Company and George Clinton/ Parliament Funk.

As of 2019 Holz has seven albums as a leader.

On February 8, 2019 Bob released his seventh album, SILVERTHORNE for MVD Audio. The album is comprised of 10 new original tunes and features Bob's deep grooves along with some high energy jazz rock fusion drumming. Mike Stern appears on guitar along with Randy Brecker on trumpet,Ralphe Armstrong on bass, Alex Acuna on percussion and Brandon Fields on sax. Other players include Jamie Glaser, Andrew Ford, Ada Rovatti, Billy Steinway and Alex Machacek.

In 2018, Holz released his sixth album titled Visions: Coast To Coast Connection on MVD Audio. The album features performances by Stanley Clarke, Randy Brecker, Ada Rovatti, Ralphe Armstrong and Alex Machacek. The album reached number 17 on the JazzWeek radio airplay charts and has been critically acclaimed.

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"We are indeed in the presence of a beautiful jazz album where the musicians reveal all their talent through a shimmering musical work and leading to move us."

Thirionet Philippe / Music In Belgium

"Bob Holz is one of the top jazz fusion drummers and composers on the scene today."

Matt Micucci /Jazziz Magazine​

"The kind of pro throughout set that you can't say anything about except it's damn good, this right on set doesn't sound like a requiem, it sounds like an affirmation of life. Contemporary jazzbos will have a good time here."

Chris Spector / Midwest Record

“Drummer Holz, has surrounded himself with the crème de la crème of smooth jazz nobility including appearances by Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker and Steve Weingart.”- Dee Dee McNeil / Jazz Journalist.

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Available for clinics and private lessons.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Play with live musicians. Play with recordings. Solo. Answer questions.

Contact

Publicist

Two for the Show Media

Links

A Night In Tunisia

From: Live in New York & L.A
By Bob Holz

Bob's Blues

From: Visions and Friends
By Bob Holz