Big bass man flies in to say goodbye to the ABH

Dave Holland in Birmingham (Picture Russ Escritt)

Dave Holland in Birmingham (Picture Russ Escritt)

Bassist Dave Holland will be in the city centre on Friday evening, along with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, drummer Nate Smith and the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra, to bid a final jazz farewell to the Adrian Boult Hall.

He’ll be the last of many jazz masters to have played in this hall down the decades. They include Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Joshua Redman, David Murray, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Henry Threadgill, Michael Brecker, Joachim Kühn, Michael Wolny… and those are just the ones I remember as I write.

Holland has had a close relationship with the Conservatoire’s jazz students, and for a few years he was an annual visiting teacher and guide (the picture above is from one of those visits and was taken by the late and much-missed Russ Escritt). It’ll be a fitting sending-off for the old hall to hear the Midlands’ most celebrated and successful jazz musician in the company of some young players who may one day match that celebration and success.

  • Dave Holland, Stan Sulzmann and Nate Smith with the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra is on Friday 24 June at 7.30pm. Full details and ticket booking are HERE.

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