The Kennedy Center

Dave Holland


A native of England, Mr. Holland settled on bass guitar at age 13. At 13 he formed a band with friends, and left school two years later to perform with a professional band. Inspired by recordings of the great bassists Ray Brown and Leroy Vinnegar, he obtained a double bass and began practicing with the records. At 18 he made a short tour with a big band accompanying singer Johnny Ray, and then moved to London where he soon entered the Guildhall School of Music. In the evenings he joined the London jazz community, playing every style, and also free-lanced with chamber orchestras and did studio work, recording music for television, film, radio and records. Mr. Holland played at Ronnie Scott's with such greats as Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Joe Henderson, and was heard there by Miles Davis, who invited him to join his band. Mr. Holland moved to New York in 1968, toured and appeared on recordings with Davis including In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. He learned the cello and founded the group Circle with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul. He joined Stan Getz's group and worked with Thelonious Monk, and Sam Rivers. In 1972 he recorded his first album as a leader, Conference of the Birds . In 1975 he formed the trio Gateway with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette. His solo bass albums include Emerald Tears (1977), Life Cycle (1981) and One's All (1993). Since the 1980s, Mr. Holland has continued to perform with leading artists, but he devotes most of his time to work with his own groups, which have included Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester, Steve Coleman, Steve Ellington, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Robin Eubanks, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Coleman Steve Nelson, Eric Person and Gene Jackson. As a regular member of Herbie Hancock's trio, Mr. Holland performed on Joe Henderson's Grammy Award-winning recording So Near-So Far . With Betty Carter, Geri Allen and Jack DeJohnette he recorded live Feed the Fire (1994) at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The Dave Holland Quintet (formed in 1998) appeared in the Terrace Theater on March 21, 2002.

April 2004
Dave Holland Sextet