Jazz Bassist and Composer Dave Holland will return to New England Conservatory

Dave Holland, celebrated jazz bassist, band leader, and composer, will return to New England Conservatory as guest composer, performer and teacher in a four-day residency, February 7-10, 2005. Holland, who was a full-time member of the NEC faculty from 1987 to 1990 and was awarded an honorary degree in 2003, will rehearse his music with three student ensembles, give two master classes, and perform with students. The culminating concert will take place February 10 at 8 p.m. in NEC's Jordan Hall. Both masterclasses and the concert are free and open to the public.

The residency is sponsored by Jimmy Earl, himself a jazz bassist and a member of NEC's Board of Visitors.

Born in England, Holland studied double bass at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was principal bass in the school orchestra. Simultaneously, he was playing jazz in dance bands and small ensembles. In 1968, he was asked to join Miles Davis's band and toured and recorded with that ensemble for two years. In late 1970, he along with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul founded the group Circle. Subsequently, he worked with Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk and Sam Rivers. In 1975, he and John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette formed a trio, Gateway, that continues to perform and tour.

Holland put together his own group for the first time in 1981, assembling a quintet that made three groundbreaking albums, Jumpin' In, Seeds of Time, and The Razor's Edge. It was when he turned 40 in 1987 that Holland disbanded the quintet and decided to make a change in his life: he joined the New England Conservatory faculty, where he stayed for three years. He also taught at the Banff School where he was artistic director of the summer jazz workshop.

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