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Joel Holmes

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 and 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, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, 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,Victor Lewis,Roberta Gambarini, Azar Lawrence,Tim Warfield, Greg Osby, Tim Green, Butch Warren, Reggie Workman, Cecil Mcbee and many more

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” “African Skies” is truly an original album that any jazz and jazz fusion fan should add to their collection. “ - -Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team , -Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

“Joel Holmes is the right artist that has created the right album at the right time. “African Skies” is a plush adventure of styles, genres and cultures. From the African continent to Cuba to the Far East...from contemporary jazz to fusion to R&B Joel Holmes takes his listeners on a global sonic journey that is not to be missed.” - Blue Canoe Records, Cuban Rhythms meet the African Skies (Jul 09, 2009)

“ Joel Holmes is a name to file and track

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Professor of Jazz Piano At the University Of Maryland Baltimore County 2003/2005 Jazz Department Head at the Baltimore School for the Arts 2003-2005 Jazz Piano teacher for the Anguilla Jazz Summer camp 2007




New Jazz Adventures


Take One

Self Produced


African Skies

Tosky Records


Eternal Vision

Self Produced




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