Mike Holober Mike Holober

Trained as a classical pianist and conductor, Mike Holober began his apprenticeship as a jazz pianist and composer after moving to New York City in 1986. He has released 5 recordings as a leader and can be heard on over 70 recordings as a sideman. He has also served as a producer and conductor for several recordings.

Mike’s projects include “Mike Holober & Balancing Act,” an octet including voice, “The Gotham Jazz Orchestra,” and “The Mike Holober Quintet.” He also regularly performs in duo settings with artists such as trumpeter Marvin Stamm and tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby.

Mike is a 2017-18 recipient of a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant for his octet “Mike Holober & Balancing Act,” whose eponymous premiere recording was released on Palmetto Records in 2015. The recording received a 4-star review from Downbeat and appeared on many best-of lists for 2015. Balancing Act features Kate McGarry, Dick Oatts, Jason Rigby, Marvin Stamm, Mark Patterson, John Hebert, and Brian Blade. It is his 5th release as a leader having previously released recordings on Sons of Sound and Sunnyside labels. The in-progress CMA Commission, Don’t Let Go, is informed by Mike’s classical training and is structured as a song-cycle in the tradition of Robert Schumann, Samuel Barber, and Ralph Vaughn-Williams. Don’t Let Go explores the nuances and complexities of the concept of hope in the context of current social, political, and environmental realities.

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2020 Grammy Nominee (Best Large Ensemble Album): Mike Holober & The gotham Jazz Orchestra: Hiding Out

“Holober has brought a profound artistic vision to bear on today’s jazz scene and confirmed his standing as one of the finest modern composer/arrangers of our time, in the tradition of Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely.” — Ed Enright, DownBeat

“Mike Holober leaps into the front rank of the most accomplished and inventive composers in jazz.” — Bob Bernotas, Just Jazz

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Credentials/Background

Assistant Professor, City College of New York Associate Director BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop

Clinic/Workshop Information

Jazz Orchestra rehearsals (including teacher training) Composition and performance master classes

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Albums by Mike Holober

Album Hiding Out by Mike Holober

Hiding Out

Zoho Music
2019

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Album Balancing Act by Mike Holober

Balancing Act

Palmetto Records
2015

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Album Maiden Voyage Suite by Mike Holober

Maiden Voyage Suite

Self Produced
2011

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Album Quake by Mike Holober

Quake

Sunnyside Records
2009

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Album Wish List by Mike Holober

Wish List

Sons of Sound
2006

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Album Thought Trains by Mike Holober

Thought Trains

Sons of Sound
2005

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Compelled

Compelled

Mike Holober
Hiding Out

When There Were Trains

When There Were Trains

Mike Holober
Balancing Act

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