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Dave Holland Biography
Born in Staffordshire, England, Dave Holland (born 1946) learned to play bass at nine years old. After finishing school, Holland became a player in the free improvisational scene, before becoming a member of the band at London’s most eminent Jazz nightclub “Ronnie Scott’s.” It was while performing there that Holland was discovered by Jazz and trumpet legend Miles Davis, who hired Holland to replace Ron Carter as his bassist.
In his tenure with Miles, Holland played on classic, evolutional jazz-fusion records such as In A Silent Way, and Bitches Brew. During this time, Holland’s sound began to reinvent the bass’ role in the Jazz community, and was also notable for his experimentation with electronic effects, and his openness to playing an electric bass guitar as opposed to his traditional standup acoustic bass.
After leaving Davis’ band, Holland played in the avant-garde group Circle. When Chick Corea left the group, Holland took charge and, after hiring Sam Rivers, recorded Conference of the Birds, his premiere album as a leader. Holland continued to play with Rivers, as well as with other notable musicians such as Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, and in The Gatewaty trio with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJonnette.
After forming his own quintet, Holland found critical success and a vehicle to elevate his jazz status. Holland, who had spent his career redefining both his instrument and the sound of Jazz, uses his group to develop and showcase fresh, young sounds from artists such as Chris Potter, Robin Eubanks, and Steve Nelson, among many others.
Dave Holland’s legacy is still being written, but his already distinguished career has earned him a prominent place in Jazz history. His inventive, thoughtful, and original sound has not only earned him numerous accolades and resounding applause around the world, but left an indelible mark in the evolution of music.
Steve Coleman Biography
Born in Chicago (1956), Saxophonist Steve Coleman began his career after moving to NYC in 1978. Having worked with Thad Jones, Dave Holland, & Cecil Taylor, he is most renowned for founding 'Steve Coleman and Five Elements' and being a founding member of the M-Base movement. Coleman playing often is known for using indefinite measure, creating an off-kilter funk feel that is truly unique when paired with Coleman’s melodic playing. Having traveled to and studied music in Cuba & Africa, amongst other places, Coleman has continued to expand his musical horizons, creating fascinating & intellectual music for audiences around the globe.
Kenny Wheeler Biography
Born in Toronto (1930), Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler moved to London where he immediately developed a versatile reputation as a trumpeter in London’s Jazz scene. Most renowned for his sensitive and masterful command of tone, Wheeler has worked with influential Jazzmen such as Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, and Keith Jarrett. Highly regarded for his compositional skill and diversity, Wheeler has composed for & performed with Orchestras (such as John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble) & small groups alike. A purveyor of improvisation, Wheeler has also worked with Free Jazz stars like Evan Parker and Derek Bailey. Possessing one of Jazz’s most unique visions, Kenny Wheeler remains unconfined by the musical constraints of genre and style.
Robin Eubanks Biography
American Trombonist Robin Eubanks, brother of guitarist Kevin (of the Tonight Show) & trumpeter Duane Eubanks, was born in 1955. Upon arrival in NYC in 1980, Eubanks began playing with diverse musicians such as Sun Ra, Slide Hampton, Art Blakey and Stevie Wonder, where he earned his reputation as a musician with the chops to play anything from Bop to Free Jazz to Pop.  A founder of the M-Base movement, a spontaneous approach to modern composition, Eubanks also works as a professor at New York University and the New England Conservatory of music. While he currently works with Dave Holland, Eubanks is also the newest member of the acclaimed SFJAZZ Collective, which features Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas and Stefon Harris, amongst others.
Marvin Smith Biography
Marvin “Smitty” Smith (born 1961) is best known as the drummer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but is also an in-demand drummer for some of the biggest name in music. After attending Berklee, he played with Jon Hendricks’ band as well as Slide Hampton, Archie Shepp, Ray Brown, & Ron Carter. His style is commanding, yet delicate, allowing him to work with diverse leaders on albums that spread across the musical spectrum, from Bebop to Pop to M-Base. Whether cracking jokes on television, touring with everyone from Sting to Willie Nelson, or impressing his peers in the recording studio, Marvin “Smitty” Smith is one of the Jazz world’s most prolific studio musicians, impressing fans and critics on the hundreds of albums he has appeared on.