By Jimmy Leslie
Dave Holland is one of the most celebrated double bass players on the planet, and his SFJAZZ residency at Miner Auditorium in San Francisco from March 22 to March 25 features a new trio with renowned guitarist Kevin Eubanks and drummer Obed Calvaire performing on Saturday, March 24th. Guitar Player and Bass Player are proud to co-present, and will be onsite with free magazines and D’Addario goodies for players.
Holland’s storied history spans over five decades with credits including Miles Davis, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, and multiple Grammy wins as a bandleader. In 2017 he earned the nation’s highest honor in jazz: an NEA Jazz Masters Award. In 2013, the Wolverhampton, England native unveiled Prism, a visceral electric quartet featuring his longtime collaborator Kevin Eubanks.
Eubanks is probably most famous for running The Tonight Show Band for the better part of two decades after Branford Marsalis stepped down as musical director only two years into Jay Leno’s tenure as host, but Eubanks is a true jazz heavyweight. He’s got an impressive resume as a bandleader and as a sideman for top-notch bandleaders including Art Blakey, as well as with Holland on his Prism (2013) and Extensions (1989) albums. Some of the Prism stuff is hot fusion, and Eubanks summons shades of Hendrix, McLaughlin, and Vernon Reid that guitar zealots will relish!
Watch a bit of Eubanks tearing it up with the Prism quartet at the Toronto Jazz Festival.
[Related: Read GP’s 2009 interview with Eubanks.]
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see GP & BP Present Dave Holland with Kevin Eubanks and Obed Calvaire, click here and put “Holland/Eubanks” in the subject of your email. Include a sentence about yourself and why you want to go. Phone contact greatly appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide own transportation to the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on Saturday, March 24. Best of luck. Again, that email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guitar Player, Bass Player, and SFJAZZ Present Dave Holland with Kevin Eubanks and Obed Calvaire
Saturday, March 24
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
9:30pm show, Ages 2+ [Note: The 7pm show on this night is for SFJAZZ members only]
GP will be onsite with free magazines and D’Addario goodies, as well as a Mesa/Boogie pedal raffle
Over the course of a nearly five-decade career, Dave Holland has never stopped evolving, reinventing his concept and approach with each new project while constantly honing his instantly identifiable voice. From the electric whirlwind of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew-era band to the elegant flamenco of his collaboration with Spanish guitar legend Pepe Habichuela; accompanying the great vocalist Betty Carter in her last years to forging a new sound with the pioneering avant-garde quartet Circle alongside Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, and Barry Altschul; standing alongside legends like Stan Getz, Hank Jones, Roy Haynes, and Sam Rivers to providing early opportunities to now-leading players like Chris Potter, Kevin and Robin Eubanks, or Steve Coleman; Dave Holland has been at the forefront of jazz in many of its forms since his earliest days. Outside the jazz world, he’s collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, flamenco master Pepe Habichuela, and bluegrass legend Vassar Clements. In 2013, the Wolverhampton, England native unveiled Prism, a visceral electric quartet featuring his longtime collaborator and Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks, along with keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Eric Harland. In addition, Holland continues to lead his Grammy-winning big band; his renowned quintet with saxophonist Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, and drummer Nate Smith; and the Overtone quartet, with Potter, Harland, and pianist Jason Moran.