Dave Holland Quintet

Dave Holland Quintet

Dave Holland

Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Dave Holland Quintet
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Dave Holland Quintet

Far more than one of the jazz’s greatest bassists, Dave Holland has inhabited the music’s adventurous edge ever since Miles Davis hired him to anchor his band in 1968 as it rapidly morphed from an acoustic powerhouse to a pioneering fusion combo. After spending years exploring the outer reaches with Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers, the British-born bassist started leading his own ensembles, which have served as a proving ground for a legion of celebrated improvisers. His SFJAZZ Center residency offers a chance to experience Holland in an array of settings, both alone and with a dauntingly talented cast of collaborators.

Holland has gained the widest exposure in recent decades as the leader of his celebrated and prolifically recorded quintet. Consistently hailed as one of the most exciting small groups in jazz, the piano-less combo includes two founding members, vibraphonist Steve Nelson and SFJAZZ Collective trombonist Robin Eubanks, along with saxophonist Mark Turner and drummer Nate Smith. The quintet brings a charged communal empathy to Holland’s abstract but cohesive themes, whether exploring Afro-Caribbean grooves, funk or straight ahead swing. Taking his open-ended melodic lines in startling directions, the quintet creates the sensation that anything can happen.

Artist Personnel

Dave Holland bass
Mark Turner tenor saxophone
Robin Eubanks trombone
Steve Nelson vibraphone
Nate Smith drums

Artist Website


"Holland is a master bassist and bandleader, one of the most sophisticated composers and arrangers in the jazz world. " — Boston Globe