FORT LAUDERDALE, Sept 8 – Top Canadian jazz pianist and composer Steve Holt is confirmed to perform three nights in Fort Lauderdale next month, at BLUE JEAN BLUES – Fort Lauderdale’s new jazz and blues club. The performances will mark the first time Mr. Holt has performed in Florida.
Born in Montreal Canada, Steve Holt was a child prodigy who started to play piano at the age of four. He began his professional career playing clubs in Montreal and later studied music at McGill University, graduating with distinction as McGill's first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in jazz performance. It was also during this period that he travelled regularly to New York to study with world-renowned pianist Kenny Barron. Mr. Holt was nominated for a JUNO award (Canadian equivalent of a GRAMMY) in 1983 for his debut album The Lion's Eyes", and over the years built an international reputation as one of Canada's premier Jazz pianists, having worked with the likes of Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, Pat Labarbera, James Moody, Eddie Cleanhead" Vinson, Michel Urbaniak, and others. In 2002 Mr. Holt won an Honourable Mention at the USA Songwriting Competition, the largest songwriting competition in the world, for his Latin song “Soon”. He currently has 6 CD albums and 3 singles to his credit.
Dates: Thu, Fri, Sat - October 1,2,3 2009. Time: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Location: Blue Jean Blues, 3320 NE 33rd St., Ft. Lauderdale Florida 33308 Tel. (954) 306-6330
Personnel: Steve Holt – Piano, Chuck Bergeron – Bass, John Yarling – Drums