Carlton HolmesCarlton (* 1964 in MI) is a pianist and composer. Raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, Carlton received his first musical training at the age of eight. After first playing the trumpet and then the drums, he began taking piano lessons at the age of eleven. By the age of 15, Carlton was already playing professionally. In his youth he received several awards as the best soloist in the competitions of the All State Jazz Band. In 1986 he moved to New York City to study music at the Manhattan School of Music. Since then he has played on the city's jazz scene with musicians such as Max Roach, Michael Carvin, Branford Marsalis, Donald Byrd and Dianne Reeves. He made his first recordings with Bill Kirchner (Trance Dance) in 1990, as well as with Michael Carvin (Each One Teach One), Carola Grey, Carlos Garnett (Resurgence, 1995), Cindy Blackman (Works On Canvas, 1999), Dan Faulk and with Dion Parson & 21st Century Band.
Carlton also acted as an accompanist for singers such as Teraesa Vinson, Cecilia Smith, Erika Matsuo, Regina Belle, Jaine Rogers, Mansur Scott and Alexis Morrast; he also worked for Ronny Jordan. In 2009 he recorded the album You Me and I under his own name. In Germany, Holmes first appeared with a solo program in 2014 at the INNtöne Jazz Festival and in 2016 in Passau. In the field of jazz, according to Tom Lord, he was involved in 39 recording sessions between 1990 and 2016, most recently with Howard Johnson & Gravity (Testimony).
The Mary Lou Williams Resurgence Project Vol. 1
Cecilia Smith, vibes
Lafayette Harris jr., piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Carlton Holmes, piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Kenny Davis, bass
Ron Savage, drums
Carla Cook, vocales
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