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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

EXPANSION

Label: New Jazz Adventures
Released: 2019
Track listing: C Boogie #1; Ode#2; Funky Train#3; Remember Me#4; Spartacus (Love Theme) #5; 1st Dimension#6; Moontrane #7; Future#8;

Take One

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Joel Holmes and The Green House Expansion Fuse Jazz and Hip-Hop with "Take One"

Pianist Joel Holmes and The Green House Expansion Fuse Jazz and Hip-Hop with "Take One"

The Green House Expansion was founded ONE year ago in Neukölln, JNY: Berlin. Their name comes from the multi-disciplinary artist studio/residence known as The Green House where the band rehearses and creates its compositions. Lead by Grammy-Nominated pianist, Joel Holmes, the band features the award winning jazz bassist Martin Buhl, critically acclaimed Polish drummer, Kuba Gudz ...

African Skies

Label: Tosky Records
Released: 2009

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Coltrane Tributes: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Khan Jamal, Azar Lawrence & Joel Holmes

Read "Coltrane Tributes: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Khan Jamal, Azar Lawrence & Joel Holmes" reviewed by Marc Medwin

Jamaaladeen TacumaColtrane ConfigurationsJazzwerkstatt2009 Khan JamalImpressions of ColtraneSteepleChase2009 Azar LawrenceLegacy and Music of John ColtraneClarion Jazz2009 Joel HolmesAfrican SkiesBlue Canoe

NEWS: RECORDING

Joel Holmes: Cuban Rhythms Meet the African Skies

Joel Holmes: Cuban Rhythms Meet the African Skies

"African Skies" is the electric sophomore release from jazz piano prodigy Joel Holmes. Mr. Holmes has been lighting up the Eastern United States for years and has recently been touring the world with Grammy-nominee Nnenna Freelon. Somewhere in between touring and earning his jazz performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins, Mr. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Cuban Rhythms Meet the African Skies

Cuban Rhythms Meet the African Skies

African Skies is the electric sophomore release from jazz piano prodigy Joel Holmes. Mr. Holmes has been lighting up the Eastern United States for years and has recently been touring the world with Grammy-nominee Roy Hargrove & Nnenna Freelon. Somewhere in between touring and earning his jazz performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joel Holmes: "African Skies" Reprise

Joel Holmes: "African Skies" Reprise

Pianist/composer and rising star Joel Holmes debuts material from his new jazz CD African Skies. His quartet includes Joel on piano, Eric Wheeler on bass, and Joel's special guests: Gary Thomas on saxophone and Shirley Horn's longtime drummer, Steve Williams! House Concert 8:00 PM 6004 Hollins Ave Baltimore MD 21210 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

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