Bill Holman, is an American songwriter, conductor, composer/arranger, and saxophonist working primarily in the jazz idiom. Although he has performed and recorded as a tenor saxophonist, Holman is best known as an arranger. Through his acquaintance with Gene Roland, Holman was auditioned by Stan Kenton and hired as a tenor sax player around 1951. Holman became Kenton’s chief arranger, and wrote much of Kenton’s 1950s repertoire; including one of Kenton’s finest albums, Contemporary Concepts. He continued to write for Kenton, on and off, throughout the 1960s and 70s. In addition to his work for Kenton, Holman has provided charts for Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, Buddy Rich, Terry Gibbs, Count Basie, Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band and others. He formed his own California-based band in 1975 and continues to perform with it in the U.S. and worldwide. His 1997 recording Brilliant Corners/The Music of Thelonious Monk won a Grammy award. In 2009 he received ASMAC’s Golden Score for Arranging.
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