JEFF HOLMES BIG BAND FEATURING DAWNING HOLMES VOCALS:
next local performance:
Monday March 26th, 2018 at the 121 Club at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street Easthampton, MA 7:30-10:00 PM no cover
next regional performance: Massachusetts Association Jazz Education High School Big Band Finals — featured concert Norwood High School 5:00 PM
most recent featured performance: 2nd Annual South Hadley Jazz Festival, South Hadley, MA February 11th, 2018
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Jeff Holmes has led the band for over 25 years, toured Russia, released two CDs (with a new project in development), made appearances at the NYC Brass Conference and the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and backed the likes of Mel Torme, Max Roach, Wayne Bergeron, Conrad Herwig, David “Fathead” Newman, and Jim Porcella. Band leader/trumpeter/pianist Jeff Holmes is responsible for the ensembles book of arrangements and original compositions, and has contributed works to the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Ernie Watts, the Big Apple Circus, John Abercrombie and Sheila Jordan to name but a few. Director of Jazz Studies and Artistic Director of Jazz In July at UMASS Amherst, Holmes can also be heard regionally with the Amherst Jazz Orchestra, New England Jazz Ensemble, Rob Zappulla Big Band, Greg Caputo Big Band, and, on occasion, Dan Gabel’s Abletones!
In addition to her work with the big band, Dawning Holmes has sung in jazz clubs from New York City to London, has guested with both Paul Winter and the UMASS Studio Orchestra/Jazz Ensemble I, and most recently opened for Bob Newhart at the Foxwoods Casino Theatre. She performs pieces made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Sam Cooke, Amy Winehouse, and many more.
The JHBB features talented music educators/free-lance musicians primarily along the NYC to Amherst corridor with numerous recording and performing credits.