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Steve Holt


STEVE HOLT (pianist) was born April 9, 1954 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Something of a piano prodigy by the age of four, he was already performing regularly on the Montreal jazz scene during the years even before he began studying jazz piano at McGill University, where he would become the school’s first-ever graduate to obtain a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance. During the time he was attending university, he also studied privately with renowned pianist Kenny Barron in New York.

Holt worked with some of the major jazz figures of the day – James Moody, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Larry Coryell, Archie Shepp, and Michael Urbaniak – while pursuing a successful parallel career as an equity analyst. His first record album, The Lion’s Eyes’ which he released in 1983 won a Juno nomination as “Best Jazz Album”.

He led his namesake Steve Holt Trio when they performed in concert at the Ontario Science Centre during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Series on March 6, 1989.


1983 – Juno Nomination for “Best Jazz Album” for his debut album. The Lion’s Eyes.

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