Brian Holland & Danny Coots

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  • Brian Holland & Danny Coots - Home for the Holidays!

    This show was on Dec 20th, 2014 | 16 people watched
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Brian, having performed ragtime, jazz and stride piano for almost 30 years, continues to be one of the most sought after artists in the country. Classically trained, but with a keen ear for improvisation, Brian's approach to the piano is marked by a dynamic, driving style that has been described as clear as Waterford crystal.

Beginning his musical existence at the age of three, Brian... more

Brian, having performed ragtime, jazz and stride piano for almost 30 years, continues to be one of the most sought after artists in the country. Classically trained, but with a keen ear for improvisation, Brian's approach to the piano is marked by a dynamic, driving style that has been described as clear as Waterford crystal.

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, however, styles from the early 20th century became his passion. 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. 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 (1997-1999), winning his third title at only twenty-seven years of age. He is a retired champion, having won the event three times, and has subsequently served as a judge twice since retiring. In 2007, Brian earned a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser as B-Square with their "Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz" CD, and continues to play locally in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area with Bud. Brian also took his love of music globally to the International Stride Summit in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2007, and was lured back in 2009 to play exclusively for the 100th anniversary of the Balgrist Association, held at the Balgrist University Hospital.
In 2010, Brian was asked to play in Rwanda, Africa, with drummer Danny Coots. In 2014, the two of them were invited to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to share their love of music with sold-out crowds at the First Buenos Aires Ragtime Festival.

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