Ben Holder

Violin/ Piano/ Vocals

Jazz On Tap Review

"Get your feet tapping and your jaw dropping at the speed of his fingers. Top quality musicianship and utter entertainment"

Fest Jazz (France) Review

"It was great to see Ben Holder so well received, he is an extraordinary talent."

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Oxford Jazz Festival

"One of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK"

Ben Holder

Violin/ Piano/ Vocals

About Ben Holder

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz - classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith.

Alongside his early studies and later at college he embarked on a detailed analysis of these musicians techniques and the way in which they merged this most classical of instruments into the jazz idiom.

Ben's innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions - and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the North's top bands and studios.

What I am up to

For Ben's upcoming public gig dates please see the calendar below.

Please note that we do not list any of Ben's private/corporate bookings on this calendar. If you are looking to check Ben's availability for a booking then please contact us directly. Thank you!

What I am up to

About Ben Holder

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz - classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith.

Alongside his early studies and later at college he embarked on a detailed analysis of these musicians techniques and the way in which they merged this most classical of instruments into the jazz idiom.

Ben's innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions - and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the North's top bands and studios.

Watch and Listen

To see and hear examples of my music, please click on the buttons below to have a look!

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My Jazz Clubs

For details of Jazz Clubs run by Ben Holder, please see below. For further infomation about who's playing and on what night, please click the details button for further infomation

Moreton Jazz

This sleepy Cotswolds village is the home of a relatively new jazz club. Since April 2016, each month we have welcomed a new line-up of extraordinary jazz musicians and singers for a night of top-notch live music.

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Dunchurch Jazz Club

Now in it’s third year, Dunchurch Jazz Club is a monthly jazz evening bringing the best in UK jazz to Warwickshire. With Ben in residence at the village hall each jazz night, every month sees a new, exciting line-up that will appeal both to jazz and live music lovers alike.

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Market Bosworth Jazz Club

This monthly jazz evening at Market Bosworth Parish Hall is now in its second year. Having welcomed an array of fabulous musicians throughout 2016, 2017 promises to welcome even more of the UK’s jazz talent to Leicestershire.

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Mickleover Golf Club Jazz Sessions

Located just outside Derby city centre, the beautiful grounds of Mickleover Golf Club play host once a month to a night of exciting jazz. This intimate setting has seen some phenomenal musicians come to Derby and 2017 will be no exception!

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Jazz on Tap @ The National Brewery Centre

Two of life’s joys are jazz and fine ale and 'Jazz on Tap' combines both of these! In the brilliant setting of Burton’s National Brewery Centre you’ll find a monthly jazz night catering for live music lovers in and around Burton on Trent.

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Contact Ben Holder

Telephone: 07515 275655 (Ben)

steppelli@yahoo.co.uk