Dave Holland

From16 March 2019to23 March 2019

Dave Holland


Dave Holland (born 1 October 1946) is an English jazz double bassist, composer, and bandleader who has been performing and recording for five decades. He has lived in the United States for over 40 years.[1]

His work ranges from pieces for solo performance to big band. Holland runs his own independent record label, Dare2, which he launched in 2005. He has explained his musical philosophy by quoting fellow jazz artist Sam Rivers: “Sam said, ‘Don’t leave anything to outplay all of it.'”

Holland has played with some of the greatest names in jazz and has participated in several classic recording sessions.

Born in Wolverhampton, England,[2] Holland taught himself how to play stringed instruments, beginning at four on the ukulele, then graduating to guitar and later bass guitar. He quit school at the age of 15 to pursue his profession in a top 40 band, but soon gravitated to jazz. After seeing an issue of Down Beat where Ray Brown had won the critics’ poll for the best bass player, Holland went to a record store and bought a couple of LPs featuring Brown backing pianist Oscar Peterson. He also bought two Leroy Vinnegar albums (Leroy Walks!and Leroy Walks Again) because the bassist was posed with his instrument on the cover. Within a week, Holland traded in his bass guitar for an acoustic bass and began practicing with the records. In addition to Brown and Vinegar, Holland was drawn to the bassists Charles Mingus and Jimmy Garrison.

After moving to London in 1964, Holland played acoustic bass in small venues and studied with James Edward Merrett, principal bassist of the Philharmonia Orchestra and, later, the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Merrett trained him to sight read and then recommended he apply to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Holland received a full-time scholarship for the three-year programme. At 20, Holland was keeping a busy schedule in school, studios and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London’s premier jazz club, where he often played in bands that supported such touring American jazz saxophonists as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, and Joe Henderson. He also linked up with other British jazz musicians, including guitarist John McLaughlin, saxophonist Evan Parker, reedman John Surman, South Africa-born London-based pianist Chris McGregor, and drummer John Stevens, and performed on the Spontaneous Music Ensemble’s 1968 album Karyobin. He also began a working relationship with Canada-born, England-based trumpeter Kenny Wheeler that continued until Wheeler’s death in 2014.


Saturday 16 March 2019

National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland


Monday 18 March 2019

Auditorium de Lyon, Lyon, France


Tuesday 19 March 2019

De Roma, Borgerhout, Belgium


Wednesday 20 March 2019

Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Friday 22 March 2019

Théâtre de Beausobre, Morges, Switzerland


Saturday 23 March 2019

Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany

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