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Ron Holloway


A Washington, DC native, saxophonist Ron Holloway was raised in a household where listening to jazz was a favorite pastime. At 13 he was introduced to the alto saxophone and after three months switched to the larger tenor saxophone. His musical influences include Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.In 1977 he joined the alternative rocker, Rootboy Slim's band, where he was an active member until 1987. Overlapping that time, he also played with a funk band called Osiris, which was based in Washington.

One night at Blues Alley he sat in with drummer Norman Connors' group, and was discovered by Gil Scott-Heron who invited him to join his group. Holloway played with the group from 1982-1989 performing at venues such as the Bottom Line in New York City and remained with the group until June 1989. He also toured the world with Dizzy Gillespie's quintet, appeared on the Johnny Carson Show and the Arsenio Hall show, and recorded two CDs with Dizzy. Holloway was a member of the quintet until 1993, the year of Gillespie's death. For more information about Ron Holloway, visit his website at
Ron Holloway