Dave Holland talks about date at the Michigan Theater

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Wednesday November 14, 2012


Jazz great Dave Holland talks about influences, rare Big Band date at the Michigan Theater

By Kevin Ransom

These days, Dave Holland—one of the greatest jazz bassists / composers of the last 40-plus years, and a true jazz giant—only breaks out his renowned Big Band on special occasions. That’s mostly due to economics: It’s just too costly to take a large ensemble on the road for extended tours.
But, one of those special occasions will be Saturday, when Holland brings his Big Band to the Michigan Theater under University Musical Society auspices.

“Yeah, this is not part of a tour, it’s a one-off,” says Holland. “We try and make it work economically, and I also want to make sure the music is as great as it can be, so I also need to be able to ensure that I always keep the best guys—we’ve had the same personnel in the big band right along. So, the last couple of years, with the economy what it is, we’ve only done a handful of shows a year.”

Holland first formed his Big Band in 2000, but for the last 15 years or so, Holland’s Quintet has been his primary ensemble. But he’s so restlessly creative that, in the last several years, he’s also recorded and toured with his Octet, and done a flamenco record (“Hands,” in 2010, with all-world flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela).

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