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Steve Holt

Steve Holt is a JUNO-nominated musician and one of Canada’s top jazz pianists. In 1981 he received McGill University’s first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz performance and studied piano in NYC with world-renowned pianist Kenny Barron. In 1983 he released his debut album which was nominated for a JUNO. Since then, Steve has built an international reputation having performed with Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, James Moody, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Bob Mover, and Michel Urbaniak. In 2002 he won Honorable Mention at the USA Songwriting Competition – the largest songwriting competition in the world. He currently has 6 CD albums to his credit. Steve will release a new recording in April 2024 with his new band Steve Holt Jazz Impact, his first album as leader and composer in 20 years. The album will feature Steve in a variety of contexts, including mainstream jazz, Latin jazz, modern crossover jazz, and vocal jazz, and feature a quintet consisting of Canada's top jazz performers with Steve on piano, Kirk McDonald on saxophone, Kevin Turcotte on trumpet, Duncan Hopkins on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums. In addition, the recording will feature Steve in a solo piano context as well as two compositions with Steve on vocals. The band will follow up with a Canadian tour in summer 2024.


* JUNO Nominee Best Jazz Album 1983 * USA Songwriting Competition 2002 Honorable Mention Best Latin Song


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Steve Holt Celebrates 40th Anniversary Digital Reissue Of Debut Album 'The Lion's Eyes'

Steve Holt Celebrates 40th Anniversary Digital Reissue Of Debut Album 'The Lion's Eyes'

Source: Steve Holt

Jazz fans and music enthusiasts alike are in for a treat as Steve Holt, JUNO-nominated musician and renowned jazz pianist, announces the digital reissue of his debut album, The Lion's Eyes, on December 22, exactly 40 years after its original vinyl release. Originally nominated for a JUNO award, “The Lion's Eyes" showcases Holt's talent on the piano and features a stellar lineup of musicians, including Bob Mover on alto saxophone, Charles Ellison on trumpet, Steve Hall on tenor saxophone, Michel ...


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Award Winning Canadian Jazz Pianist Steve Holt to Perform in Fort Lauderdale

Award Winning Canadian Jazz Pianist Steve Holt to Perform in Fort Lauderdale

Source: Michael Ricci

FORT LAUDERDALE, Sept 8 – Top Canadian jazz pianist and composer Steve Holt is confirmed to perform three nights in Fort Lauderdale next month, at BLUE JEAN BLUES – Fort Lauderdale’s new jazz and blues club. The performances will mark the first time Mr. Holt has performed in Florida. Born in Montreal Canada, Steve Holt was a child prodigy who started to play piano at the age of four. He began his professional career playing clubs in Montreal and later ...

"Renowned as one of Canada's top jazz pianists." - Maria Tzavaras, Inside Toronto (Toronto CANADA)

"Holt is an emphatic, bop-based pianist whose solos simply pop from one phrase to the next." - Mark Miller, Globe & Mail (Toronto CANADA)

"His control over the keyboard obviously comes from a lifetime of devotion to his craft and the evidence is clear that he is truly a master." - Bobbie Gallop, Gallop N Dawg Music (Nashville TN)

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Steve graduated with distinction in 1981 as McGill University's first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz performance. He was appointed as instructor of Jazz Improvisation and taught ensemble and jazz piano during that time. It was also during this period that Steve travelled regularly to New York to study piano with world-renowned pianist Kenny Barron. He currently teaches private students in jazz as well as small jazz improvisation ensembles.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Just Duet






The Lion's Eyes

PLUG Records


The Doctor Is Out

From: Steve Holt - Kieran Overs /...
By Steve Holt



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