Russell Holmes has been playing piano for over four decades now, as he started playing when still a toddler. His father was a prominent Perth jazz guitarist and vocalist with whom Russell played weekly six-hour dances at the Embassy Ballroom (mostly on bass) from the age of 15.
Since then Russell has performed with many Western Australian jazz ensembles including MPS (Michael Pignéguy Sextet), Frames Of Mind, The Ragabillys and renowned Australian artists Dale Barlow and Red Rodney. Recent performance highlights include supporting James Taylor at the famous Leeuwin Concert in 2003. Whilst appearing on over 30 Australian jazz recordings, in 2006 he will release his debut album as a leader.
The Russell Holmes Trio has performed over 200 concerts in the past four years with residencies at the Inglewood Hotel, The Universal Bar, Clancy’s (Applecross) and currently resides at the prestigious University Club at the University of Western Australia. The Russell Holmes Trio was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Jazz Group 2001’ by the Perth Jazz Society.
Russell’s playing has been honed over many years and imbued with a well defined flavour and personality. He swings hard in a style reminiscent of both Oscar Peterson and the more modern Brad Mehldau. Russell’s music has evolved along the lines of the work of Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock, and still stands alone in his own treatment and inimitable expression of the jazz songbook. Russell’s sensitive and authentic style contributes to Hip Mo’ Toast’s success by helping to create an interactive, unique and inspiring jazz experience.
Since 1989 Russell has been a sessional lecturer at the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts, specialising in theory and rhythm studies, harmony, arranging and individual tutoring in both contemporary and jazz piano.Book This Performer