Focus on Violinist Ben Holder, Jazz Virtuoso

Ben Holder (violin), Malcom Garrett (drums). Paul Jeffries (bass), Jez Cook (guitar)

Ben Holder (violin), Malcom Garrett (drums). Paul Jeffries (bass), Jez Cook (guitar)

A key aim of Jazz&Jazz is to focus on and promote young jazz musicians and their bands and to endeavour to strike down the divide between ageing jazz fans and
the new kids on the block.

My YouTubes are something of a revelation. Those of  “senior” bands and musicians, no matter their former glory, receive far few hits than my YouTubes of our emerging younger generation of jazz bands – and they are out there aplenty! But there’s more to it than that. Younger generation UK musicians and bands don’t seem to get nearly as many hits on YouTube as up and coming overseas jazz bands and musicians.

I don’t intend explore the reasons at this stage, but rather to feature a 26 year old UK violinist and jazz phenomenon Ben Holder. Ben and his quartet deserve every bit the following of other bands and as is evident from the following YouTubes, they appeal just as much to older fans as to their own generation of jazz fans.

Special thanks to Tad Newton for giving me the opportunity to film at his Walnut Tree Club in Blisworth and at his Bedford Golf Club venue. Tad is every bit as eager to publicise and support younger bands as I am.

It would be interesting to get views from Jazzers of all ages in response to this and I would welcome comments in “Speak Your Mind” below. Then later I will strive to analyse the reasons for the differences.

Meanwhile please enjoy the dynamic exuberance of Ben and his band.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(Photos & YouTubes © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Ben Holder website

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