Imagine — a new band, five versatile creative players who obviously delight in the music and in the joyous collaboration. At the moment, it’s called the Holland – Coots Quintet, with a more elaborate name to follow. We’re fortunate to have an abundance of evidence about how good this band sounds, recorded by musician and archivist Judy Muldawer at the 5th annual Durango (Colorado) Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, March 24-26, 2017. The link to see the videos is http://www.banjojudy.com/2017/03/durango-ragtime-and-early-jazz-festival-2017-videos/.
The HCQ is Brian Holland, piano; Danny Coots, drums; Evan Arntzen, clarinet / tenor saxophone; Steve Pikal, string bass; Marc Caparone, trumpet. Also at the festival were Carl Sonny Leyland, Morten Gunnar Larsen, and Adam Swanson. Here are brief biographies of all the players.
Judy’s YouTube channel is here, and it’s full of delights (I subscribed as soon as the first video emerged). She also maintains a flourishing website with audio recordings from this and other festivals: for more video links and the audio files from the 2017 festival, visit http://banjojudy.com. The key word in the search engine is “durango”.
and something sweet by James P., sung by Evan:
Doctor Caparone prescribes:
Judy has uploaded to YouTube more than fifty videos from this festival, and her own website has what seems like hours of audio, as if she’d stayed in her seat as a devoted archivist would.
And reliable sources have told me that this band — the HCQ — will be making a CD this summer. I look forward to it.
May your happiness increase!