Joel Holmes began teaching himself tunes by ear at age 10. He grew up playing with local bands and primarily in church. His family soon moved from Virginia to Baltimore so that he could attend the Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. Later, Joel Holmes became the Director of Jazz at his alma mater. He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance.
Over the years, Joel has received numerous honors including 2 Grammy Nominations, a gold medal in the Act-so competition of the NAACP, and honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, a finalist in the fifth annual Independent Music Awards and an honorable mention in the VH1 Song of the Year Awards.
March 02, 2016
Pianist Joel Holmes and The Green House Expansion Fuse Jazz and Hip-Hop...
July 20, 2009
Joel Holmes: Cuban Rhythms Meet the African Skies
March 26, 2009
Cuban Rhythms Meet the African Skies
October 11, 2008
Joel Holmes: "African Skies" Reprise
July 03, 2008
Joel Holmes' New CD, "African Skies," Featuring Gary Thomas
April 07, 2008
Tim Warfield with Joel Holmes Quintet at An die Musik Live
June 22, 2006
Joel Holmes Trio Live at An Die Musik, July 7
“African Skies” is truly an original album that any jazz and jazz fusion fan should add to their collection.
- -Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team , -Chris & the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
Joel Holmes is the right artist that has created the right album at the right time. African Skies is a plush adventure of styles, genres and cultures. From the African continent to Cuba to the Far East...from contemporary jazz to fusion to R&B Joel Holmes takes his listeners on a global sonic journey that is not to be missed.
- Blue Canoe Records, Cuban Rhythms meet the African Skies (Jul 09, 2009)
Joel Holmes is a name to file and track
Professor of Jazz Piano At the University Of Maryland Baltimore County 2003/2005
Jazz Department Head at the Baltimore School for the Arts 2003-2005
Jazz Piano teacher for the Anguilla Jazz Summer camp 2007