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Background Information

Employment History

Pianist

Holland Entertainment

Pianist and Producer

US

Eau Claire Ragtime Festival Inc

St. Louis Stompers

Affiliations

Founder
B-Square Entertainment

Founder
Holland Rhythm Company

Web References (32 Total References)


Holland Rhythm Company

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The Holland Rhythm Company, formed in 2004 by leader and pianist Brian Holland, is the epitome of a musical good time.

Joining Brian on rhythmboard is one of the ragtime and jazz industry's most talented and tasteful percussionists, Mike Schwimmer, whose inimitable style is sought after worldwide.
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Bud and Brian have now formed B-Square, traveling around as a duo on piano & sousaphone/flugabone, playing parties and concerts all over the Dallas/Ft.


Holland Entertainment

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"Brian Holland has to be one of the fastest, cleanest players anywhere today.

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"Brian Holland plays in a driving style, his lightning-fast left hand banging out a clean, steady rhythm while his right hand skitters up and down the keyboard rendering the melody in thick chords ... watching his energy and dexterity is narcotic." - The New York Sun
"Brian is a virtual playing compendium of ragtime and jazz piano.
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Brian Holland has rapidly become one of the most lauded performers of ragtime and stride piano in America. Constantly developing new and exciting styles of performance, Brian continues to enthrall audiences by combining impressively dexterous pyrotechnics with a very laid-back approach. The result is remarkable accuracy and flair with seemingly little or no effort.
Beginning his musical existence at the age of three, Brian grew up living a "Ragtime Life. His grandparents raised him to love all kinds of music, but particularly styles from the turn of the century (last century, that is). Blessed with perfect pitch and an aptitude for improvisation, he quickly learned his way around an organ keyboard and had a repertoire of old standards that would shock most professionals - all before the age of six! It was then that he turned his attention to the piano. However, during twelve years of intense classical studies, Brian decided that it wasn't a concert stage he wanted to perform on, but the ragtime stage. Since then he has performed all across the US, first on majestic pipe organs in pizza parlors, and then on the uprights and concert grands at ragtime concerts and festivals.
Brian has the distinction of being a World Old-time Piano Playing Champion (1997-'99) of a competition sponsored by the Old-time Music Preservation Association (OMPA), winning his third title at only twenty-seven years of age. He is one of only five three-time (and therefore "retired") champions of this event, held since 1975.
In 1997, Brian met Jeff Barnhart at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, annually held in Sedalia, MO. At an after-hours session, Brian and Jeff decided to try a couple of well-received piano duets, which led to an all-night jam session that didn't end until 8am the next morning! In 1997, Brian met Jeff Barnhart at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, annually held in Sedalia, MO. At an after-hours session, Brian and Jeff decided to try a couple of well-received piano duets, which led to an all-night jam session that didn't end until 8am the next morning!
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Between Jeff's take-no-prisoners approach, and Brian's more laid-back-classical take on ragtime and jazz, the two have been widely praised and sought after ever since, touring the US from coast to coast. They have recorded three CD's (available here), with more surely to come.
Most recently, Brian has expanded his horizons in ensemble jazz music, forming the Holland Rhythm Company and B-Square Entertainment . Coming along for the ride are fellow musicians and friends Mike Schwimmer, Bud Dresser, Chris Quaile, Bill Mason, Theresa Allen and Paul Scavarda.
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"Unless you've had the pleasure of listening to stride pianist Brian Holland,
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"Brian's fingers tap dance over the keys, juggling


Performers, Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, Inc.

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Brian Holland

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Brian Holland (Texas)
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Brian Holland pic Brian Holland has rapidly become one of the most lauded performers of ragtime and stride piano in America. Constantly developing new and exciting styles of performance, Brian continues to enthrall audiences by combining impressively dexterous pyrotechnics with a very laid-back approach. The result is remarkable accuracy and flair with seemingly little or no effort.
Beginning his musical existence at the age of three, Brian grew up living a "Ragtime Life. His grandparents raised him to love all kinds of music, but particularly styles from the turn of the century (last century, that is). Blessed with perfect pitch and an aptitude for improvisation, he quickly learned his way around an organ keyboard and had a repertoire of old standards that would shock most professionals - all before the age of six! It was then that he turned his attention to the piano. However, during twelve years of intense classical studies, Brian decided that it wasn't a concert stage he wanted to perform on, but the ragtime stage. Since then he has performed all across the US, first on majestic pipe organs in pizza parlors, and then on the uprights and concert grands at ragtime concerts and festivals.
Brian has the distinction of being a World Old-time Piano Playing Champion (1997-'99) of a competition sponsored by the Old-time Music Preservation Association (OMPA), winning his third title at only twenty-seven years of age. He is currently the youngest three-time (and therefore "retired") champion of this event, held since 1975.
Most recently, Brian has expanded his horizons in ensemble jazz music, forming the Holland Rhythm Company and B-Square Entertainment.


KCEP-FM 88

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MR. BRIAN HOLLAND, HOLLAND DOZIER HOLLAND

MR. HOLLAND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF THE MOTOWN SONGS IN ITS BEGINNING.HE CONTINUES TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE MUSIC AND THE MOVIE INDUSTRY.WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE A WONDERFUL MAN AND HIS MANY CONTRIBUTIONS.
THE 1997 KCEP JOURNEY THROUGH BLACK RADIO AWARDS BANQUET.
EOB/KCEP EXTRAVAGANZA IN BLACK
THE NATIONAL BLACK COLLEGE CHOIR AFFAIR


Today In History

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1941 - Brian Holland, US pianist/producer (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

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