Dave Holland becomes patron of Junior Jazz

-Posted on 17.09.2015

The Junior Jazz programme at the Royal Academy of Music is proud to announce that the iconic bassist, composer and bandleader Dave Holland is to be the new patron of the course.

Dave Holland’s work as a sideman has incorporated a mind-boggling array of the greats of modern music, from his days on the 60s London scene with John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler to his extensive work in the USA with Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Roy Haynes, Betty Carter, Pat Metheny and Joe Henderson to name but a few. His work as a composer and bandleader has incorporated free improvisation with Circle (with Chick Corea) and the Gateway trio (with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette) in the 1970s, his great quintet with Steve Coleman and Kenny Wheeler in the 1980s, his second great quintet with Chris Potter, Robin Eubanks and Steve Nelson in the 1990s to his current duo collaborations with pianist Kenny Barron and his reunion with Kevin Eubanks in Dave’s recent band, Prism.

This appointment follows the passing last year of the founding patron of Junior Jazz, and close friend of Dave’s, the much-missed Kenny Wheeler. There is no more fitting a successor for this role than Dave, and we are delighted to welcome his ongoing involvement with Jazz at the Academy. Dave Holland said: ‘I’m very happy to take on this position which allows me to expand on my work with some of the most talented young musicians in the UK, and to take over the role from my dear friend, the late Kenny Wheeler’.

The Academy’s Junior Jazz course was established in 2003 and has become one of the leading programmes in youth jazz education, with an unparalleled success rate in getting young musicians into conservatoire jazz courses. The Head of the Junior Jazz programme, Gareth Lockrane, said; ‘We are very excited about this development and look forward to an inspiring collaboration with the great Dave Holland; a forward thinking diverse contemporary artist who is strongly connected to a rich, diverse history of modern music.’

Photo: Dave Holland working with Academy students in January 2015.

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