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Greg Holmes

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Greg Holmes performs elegant Jazz and Blues from the first half of last century. His solo act is like a trio of voice, guitar, and bass, but he also performs in duos (usually with drummers or wind players), trios, and larger groups.

He performs on the NS/Stick, an 8-string instrument with the combined range of guitar and bass. On this instrument, treble and bass parts are played at the same time, making him sound like two or three people. He also sings while playing the NS/Stick, and his vocal style has been described by audience members as being very smooth and a cross between Michael Bublé, Chet Baker, and Kurt Elling, with a touch of Ella Fitzgerald.

His musical influences include: Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Carmen McRae, Caroline Drury, Chick Corea, Chris Squire, Eva Cassidy, Geddy Lee, Jane Monheit, Peggy Lee, Shirley Horn, Susannah McCorkle, and Tony Martin.

He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He attended the Jazz music program at Humber College and studied guitar at the Eli Kassner academy. He plays guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, and worked with the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument, the pioneering digital sampling system. He’s also a producer, engineer, and instrument repairman.

He has provided composition and performance services for musical groups and media companies, including Rush, Lee Aaron, The Irish Rovers, Platinum Blonde, Honeymoon Suite, and TV series’ such as The Care Bears, The Hitchhiker for HBO, and Lucasfilm’s cartoon series’ Ewoks and Droids.

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