Upcoming Performances


For booking info contact Dawna@fathomarts.com or visit the contact page

Saturday October 28th “Monster Ball” with the Jeff Holmes “Big Funkenstein” Band featuring Dawning Holmes, vocals

Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center

289 Main St Greenfield, MA $10 in advance $15 at door

8:00 – 11:45 PM

413 774 0150 www.hawksandreed.com

Dance to this 11 piece ensemble performing all your Halloween favorites including Monster Mash, I Put A Spell on You, Werewolves of London, Bad Moon Rising, Sally’s Song (from Nightmare before Christmas), Witch Queen of New Orleans, Thriller, Frankenstein, The Munsters Theme, The Addams Family theme, Ghostbusters and many more, plus other swing, soul and pop dance tunes


Monday October 30th we are back at the 121 Club at Eastworks, Easthampton, MA with the Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring Dawning Holmes, vocals — Jazz, Soul, Blues and some Halloween faves! 7:30 – 10 PM no cover



Thursday June 22nd: Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring Dawning Holmes, vocals

Fountain Park, 883 Tinkham Rd Wibraham, MA

6:30 – 8:30 PM

outdoor concert sponsored by the Wilbraham Nature and Cultural Center

Monday June 26th: Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring Dawning Holmes, vocals 121 Club at Eastworks 116 Pleasant St Easthampton 7:30 – 10:00 No cover




Sunday April 23rd, 4:00 PM: FREE Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald: Celebrating 100th Anniversary of her birth with classic Ella hits performed live! Elizabeth Wachsman Concert Hall, Hess Center for the Arts, Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Ln Deerfield, MA 

 Monday April 24th, 7:30 – 10 PM: Jazz, Blues, Soul, and more! at the 121 Club (at Eastworks) 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, Ma. No Cover!

Sunday April 30th, 3:00 PM: Playing the Hits of the 60s! — songs by the Fifth Dimension, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Ramsey Lewis, Dionne Warwick, many more! St Francis Church, 24 Jabish St Belchertown, MA  $15 Get Admission; $10 Students/Seniors.

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Other Recent Events:

Saturday February 25th,  8:00 PM w/Chris Merz Quartet Amherst College Buckley Recital Hall First half of concert is the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble featuring a premiere composition by Chris Merz; second half is Chris Merz, saxes/composer, Jeff Holmes, piano John Nuhn, bass and Jon Mele, drums

Sunday February 26th, 5:00 PM Assumption Church, Ansonia, CT PAUL WINTER CONSORT Jeff Holmes, piano

Monday February 27 ,7:30 – 10 PM: Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes, vocals at the 121 Club (at Eastworks) 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, Ma. Jazz, Blues, Soul, and more! No Cover!

Thursday March 9, 7:30 PM Bowker Auditorium, UMASS Annual Jazz Showcase: Spotlight on Music from the Movies!”, Jeff Holmes, producer/coordinator Performances by Jazz Ensemble I, Chapel Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Ensemble, Chamber Jazz Ensembles, guests and more!

Friday March 24, 2017 7:30 Bowker Auditorium UMASS Sax Symposium night of premieres UMASS Jazz Ensemble I and UMASS Symphony Orchestra perform premieres by Jeff Holmes and Felipe All respectively with guest artists — more details to follow

Monday March 27, 7:30 – 10 PM: Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes, vocals at the 121 Club (at Eastworks) 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, Ma. Jazz, Blues, Soul, and more! No Cover!

recent performances:

Monday January 30, 2017 7:30 – 10 PM: Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes, vocals at the 121 Club (at Eastworks) 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, Ma. Jazz, Blues, Soul, and more! No Cover!

Thursday January 26, 2017 7:30 PM: UMASS Jazz Faculty Recital: Bezanson Recital Hall UMASS Jeff Holmes, piano Felipe Salles, sax Catherine Jensen-Hole, vocals Tom Giampietro, drums Shigefumi Tomita, bass and special guest Bill Fanning, trumpet playing Originals and Standards

Friday January 6th, Log Cabin, Easthampton: Jeff Holmes, piano/leader and Dawning Holmes, vocals with the WGBY Masterpiece Ball Orchestra — playing period music of the 1920s & 1930sWGBY Masterpiece Ball
2017 WGBY Masterpiece Ball Mystery Masquerade

Saturday December 10th 7:00 -11:00 PM: Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes and Rob Zappulla, vocals: New England Public Radio Holiday Ball  (Arrive at 7 for complimentary dance lessons!) Hadley Farms Meeting House 41 Russell Street, Rt 9 (Hampton Village Barn Shops) Hadley, MA  “Dance the night away in our swank 1950’s inspired nightclub with music by The Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes singing Ella Fitzgerald and Rob Zappula covering Frank Sinatra. Sip signature cocktails, indulge in exquisite hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts throughout the evening. Get decked out! Vintage attire encouraged.’                                                  General Tickets are $125 Special 35 & under ticket price: $50                                                  Presented by New England Public Radio                                                                                            Visit NEPR.net/Jazzholidayparty for more information.

Monday December 12  7:30 PM: Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes, vocals at the 121 Club (at Eastworks) 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA. No Cover! Special Holiday- themed performance — classic jazz, popular, r&b and tv hits 

Monday November 21st 7:30 PM: Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes, vocals at the 121 Club (at Eastwards) 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA. No Cover!

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4th 7:30 PM: Dawning Holmes, vocals w/Jeff Holmes, musical director, opening for Bob Newhart at Foxwoods Casino, CT.

Jeff Holmes Big Band Featuring Dawning Holmes at the 121 Club at Eastworks, Mondays, 10/24, 9/26, 8/29

Dawning Holmes, vocals and Jeff Holmes Beat Brassierie Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 3/2/2016 , piano frontdesk@beatbrasserie.com

 Ella Fitzgerald-The First Lady of Song
 “the First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald’s genius as a singer was a fixture of American jazz and popular music for over fifty years. Her iconic renditions of “How High the Moon,” “Mr. Paganini,” and “Mack the Knife,” display an artist who exemplifies spontaneity, joy, and human connection.
Brian Thomas and Alex Lee-Clark are honored to play with vocalist Dawning Holmes, and their mentor, Grammy-Award winner Jeff Holmes, who’ll direct an evening celebrating Ella and that same spirit of spontaneity and joy. The band will also feature Beehive and Beat Brasserie regulars Jared Sims (woodwinds), David Picchi (bass) and Ted Sullivan (drums).


Annual Jazz Showcase, March 1, 2016: “Spotlight on Brazil” – UMASS Ensembles & Guests

Jeff Holmes piano with the Paul Winter Consort April 10, 2016  Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek 55 East Kings Highway Chester, Connecticut 06412 860-526-8920 office@cbsrz.org

Paul Winter Consort

The Paul Winter Consort is an American musical group, led by soprano saxophonist Paul Winter, one of the pioneers of world music.  Founded in 1967, the group mixes elements of jazz, classical music, world music and the sounds of animals and nature.  Welcome Spring with their program “In Celebration of the Earth.”

Jeff Holmes Big Band  April 24th, 2016

Canton High School 76 Simonds Ave, Canton, CT, 06019, United States Get Directions

Jeff Holmes Big Band with Dawning Holmes CT Music Educators Conference April 28, 2016

Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT

cathedral_medOn Saturday morning, June 18th, at 4:30am, the Consort and I will be presenting our 21st annual Summer Solstice Celebration at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine [ buy tickets ]. The players will be Eugene Friesen, cello; Paul McCandless, English horn and oboe; Jeff Holmes, piano; Ray Nagem, pipe organ; myself on soprano sax; and multiple percussionists.

This event is our musical welcome to the summer. Summer Solstice is one of the great turning points of the year, when the sun is at its peak and the days abound with the promise of life’s fullness. My dream, with this sunrise celebration, is to offer an experience of this resonance, in the mystical ambience of these early morning hours, through a deep listening journey within the awesome space of this largest cathedral in the world. Our music begins in total darkness, and proceeds in a continuous flow, emanating from different places in the Cathedral. Gradually, as the great stained glass windows begin to illuminate, the light joins the sound to carry us into the first dawning of the summer.

JEFF HOLMES, trumpet, with Kal David, guitar/vocals and the Real Deal, Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT Saturday July 30th, 8:00 PM