Jazz Master Bill Holman in Mid-State Appearance

Feb 19, 2013

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Jazz legend and three-time Grammy winner Bill Holman will make an appearance in Middle Tennessee this weekend.

Holman will perform and lecture at Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday.

In 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts presented Holman with the NEA Jazz Masters Award - the nation's highest honor in jazz.  MTSU’s director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Jammey Simmons, said Holman is best known for his jazz arrangements.

“He started using counterpoint, and some kind of almost classical music kind of ways of composing in jazz music. So people always heard that and thought it was kind of an interesting way to compose.”

Simmons said Holman has worked with Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Peggy Lee and others.

Holman will conduct a jazz clinic on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. He’ll appear in concert Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public and will take place in MTSU’s Hinton Hall.

For more information and ticket prices, call 615-898-2724 or email james.simmons@mtsu.edu