Bill Holman (musician)

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Bill Holman
Bill Holman and Stan Kenton.jpg
Holman with Stan Kenton in December 1961 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Background information
Birth nameWillis Leonard Holman
Born (1927-05-21) May 21, 1927 (age 92)
Olive, California, United States
GenresTraditional pop music, jazz, big band
Occupation(s)Arranger, composer, bandleader, orchestrator
Years active1951–present
LabelsCapitol, Coral, Andex, Hi Fi, JVC
Associated actsNatalie Cole, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Anita O'Day

Willis Leonard Holman (born May 21, 1927), better known as Bill Holman, is an American composer/arranger, conductor, saxophonist, and songwriter working primarily in the jazz and pop music genres.[1] His professional music career is over six decades long, most notably starting with the Charlie Barnet orchestra in 1950. He is a multi-Grammy winning artist (nominated for 13 Grammys, 3 wins) and is most commonly known for his long association with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He was honored as a 2010 National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters recipient.

Early history in Orange County, California and first professional work[edit]

Bill Holman was born in Olive, California and his family moved soon to Orange, east of Anaheim. While he was in third grade the family moved again to nearby Santa Ana. He first started playing the clarinet in junior high school. While attending high school he also played the tenor saxophone and formed a band of his own. Though his family had no musical background, Holman was heavily influenced by music from groups such as the Count Basie and Duke Ellington orchestras while constantly listening to the radio growing up.[1][2] Holman was drafted at the later end of WWII and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Through the Navy, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado and then went back to the Los Angeles area and studied at UCLA.[citation needed]

In the late 1940s he started to focus on music studies and away from engineering. He enrolled at the Westlake College of Music (in Hollywood, CA) and studied with Dave Robertson and Dr. Alfred Sendrey. He studied privately with well known composer and arranger Russ Garcia and Lloyd Reese on the saxophone.[1] Holman was heavily influenced by the African-American jazz artists on what is known as the famous Central Avenue corridor in Los Angeles; he heard a great deal of live music there while living nearby and attending Westlake College. He got his first professional start with Ike Carpenter's dance band and then soon after with the Charlie Barnet Orchestra in 1950 as a tenor saxophonist; he continued with the group for about 18 months. Early commercial work as an arranger came in 1951–52 with charts done for band leader and producer Bob Keane on the album Dancing on the Ceiling.[citation needed]

The Stan Kenton Orchestra[edit]

Through his acquaintance with Gene Roland, Holman was auditioned by Stan Kenton and hired as a tenor sax player for two years in March 1952 (replacing reedman Bob Cooper).[3] Soon after his working on the band as an instrumentalist, Holman submitted writing to Kenton for the group to test out. Holman's first writing was not an immediate success with Kenton until he was given an assignment to write "Invention for Guitar and Trumpet" for Sal Salvador and Maynard Ferguson. The chart was to become one of the recognized works for the Kenton orchestra from the critically acclaimed New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm album, it was also featured in the 1955 movie Blackboard Jungle.[4]

Kenton was attracted to Holman's ability to integrate counterpoint and dissonance in subtle yet distinctive ways, and for his knack for making the Kenton band "swing" in its own particular fashion. Holman became one of Kenton's primary arrangers creating a distinctive signature for the band due to Holman's unique, cutting edge approach to jazz orchestration. Holman's association with the Kenton orchestra lasted for close to 27 years; he wrote a large body of work for the band. This included important contributions to three of Kenton's finest albums, New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm, Contemporary Concepts and the Grammy-winning Adventures In Jazz. Kenton featured Holman as a star composer and arranger along with Bill Russo early on with the 1954 album Kenton Showcase.[citation needed]

In the course of some intense hanging out (with Gene Roland), I had played a recording of a 12-tone blues that I'd written (doesn't everybody?) while studying at the Westlake College of Music in Hollywood. According to Gene Roland, who had been writing for Kenton for some time, Stan had been talking about a more contrapuntal, linear type of music, and Gene felt that my piece lay in the direction that Stan was considering. While I was away on a short trip with Charlie Barnet, Gene took the recording to Kenton, and when I returned, Stan called. We met, talked, and he asked me to write a couple of pieces for the band. Being young and ambitious, I reached too far in the writing and exceeded my limits - the charts were disasters and never heard of again - but Stan gamely suggested that I do another. By this time I'd heard some of the things that Gerry Mulligan was bringing in, and with a slightly better idea of what was going on, managed to come back down to earth and brought in a better effort, though it, too, was never heard of again.[5]

Holman's comments about being most influenced by the writing of Gerry Mulligan as the template for what was correct for the band:

Gerry wrote eight to ten scores for the band (early 1952, just before he formed the famous Quartet) and, while YOUNG BLOOD, the most linear of these, was the only one to really thrill Stan, the players (by this time I was playing tenor in the band) loved to play and hear all of them. For me particularly, being only about ten charts out of music school and with no real jazz conception of my own, Gerry's music played a great part in my finding my own voice.[5]

Classical influences from important composers such as Béla Bartók are also used during this time. Two of the most important and influential arrangements of standard tunes are on the Kenton Contemporary Concepts album from 1955. Holman talks about his arrangements of "What's New?" and "I've Got You Under My Skin":

The idea for these two tunes was to write long charts, based on standard tunes, but to make them like an original piece. Just use the changes or a (melodic) fragment to tie it together; in other words, make them like an original – although you don't get royalties for it! But they were double the length of the usual chart. You could stretch out and do what you want. I remember the day we were all in New York, as part of the '54 All Star Concert Tour with the Kenton guys plus Shorty Rogers and his Quintet. They were going to continue on but I was going to stay there. I remember Shorty, Jack Montrose and I were walking down 48th Street where all the music stores were. We started looking through some scores and I found Bartok’s Third and Fourth Quartets. I remember after the band left and I finally got down to writing these charts I was looking through the Bartok things and I got an idea for "What's New". Sometimes looking at something like that can give you an idea – not necessarily something that’s specifically in there – but just puts something you can use into your head. Just an approach. Stan said to make ’em long and not worry bout keeping the melody going all the time. The standard changes are there so you can follow them if you’re used to listening to jazz that way.[6]

Highlights for Holman on the Kenton band during his two years in the sax section included Zoot Sims joining the group as the solo tenor saxophonist; Kenton asked Holman to write for Sims. Later Holman left the band after an intense discussion about the band's shortcomings; this did not endanger Holman's reputation as a composer and arranger for Kenton. By the mid-1950s while Holman was still in his late 20s, Kenton was commissioning Holman to write as much as he could. He was writing sometimes two charts every week that included concert works, dance charts, originals and vocals.[4] During the 1952-55 period the two primary composers/arrangers who shaped the signature sound of the Kenton orchestra for years to come were Holman and Bill Russo (who was only a year younger than Holman). Almost two-thirds of the music recorded by Kenton during this period were from these two writers alone. Two of the original works of Holman's created for the band during that time include the interesting Afro Latin "Hav-A-Havana".[citation needed] The other work which has become the quintessential "Holman signature sound" of contrapuntal composition is "The Opener".[citation needed] Though Kenton's taste would evolve and Holman was not functioning as Chief Arranger by the end of the 1950s, he continued to make key contributions to the Kenton repertoire all the way to 1977 before Kenton's demise in 1979. His fiery arrangement of Malagueña from Kenton's 1963 Grammy winning album stands out to this day as one of his most well known and most played works.[citation needed]

"In sum, it was a pretty high level for an 'earn-as-you-learn' case such as mine, but, ill-equipped as I was, Stan's patience and encouragement and the help of a lot of great players enabled me to make a start in a long and rewarding career. I'll always be grateful (to Stan) for this, but, what the hell, we both got something out of it."[4] Holman also become a participant and clinician of the Stan Kenton Band Clinics as an educational component of the orchestra.

Important big band writing: Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Count Basie and others[edit]

Woody Herman's Thundering Herd[edit]

Aside from the work with the Stan Kenton orchestra, Bill Holman has written a substantial amount of music for other prominent big bands. Not long after his first writing for the Kenton orchestra, he was invited to compose for Woody Herman's big band. One of the earliest recorded examples of Holman's work with Herman are the compositions "Mulligan Tawny" and "Blame Boehm" that were recorded for Columbia Records in 1954.[citation needed] Probably the most well known arrangement for the Herman band is Holman's up tempo chart on After You've Gone from the Grammy Nominated Woody Herman '64 album.[citation needed] Holman was able to capture the unique sound of the band; the group used 3 tenor saxes and a baritone sax (no alto saxes). The association and the writing for the Woody Herman continued off and on up through the 1980s; this included four Grammy nominated albums Holman's work is recorded on.[citation needed]

The Buddy Rich Big Band[edit]

In 1965, drummer Buddy Rich started his own touring big band. Rich's familiarity with Holman's writing came through playing on Harry James' group from earlier in the decade. Holman was one of the first writers to write for Rich's unique big band book; Rich was looking for updated material of contemporary pop hits that also featured himself (Rich) on drums. Holman became the primary 'go to' composer and arranger helping to create an appeal Rich was to have with much younger audiences at a time when big bands had fallen out of fashion. Drum features and pop/rock tunes Holman wrote greatly helped Rich to achieve a new sound that aided the band to gain a younger listening audience. Holman's writing is featured on several Buddy Rich big band albums from 1966 through 1985 to include Grammy nominated LPs Big Swing Face and Buddy & Soul. Holman's arrangement of the Beatles "Norwegian Wood" was a commercial success and prominently featured on numerous live television performances creating a high profile early on for Rich's band.[citation needed] His composition "Ruth" is a good example of contemporary big band writing during that time of the late 1960s.[citation needed]

One of the most notable jazz albums Holman wrote was I Told You So, commissioned by the Count Basie Orchestra and recorded at RCA studios, New York City in January 1976 (for Norman Granz and Pablo Records). Other important groups and big bands he has written and recorded for include names such as Louie Bellson, Maynard Ferguson, Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band, Harry James, Terry Gibbs, The Airmen of Note and Chicago Jazz Orchestra.[citation needed]

West Coast jazz and work with other jazz artists[edit]

Holman became an important figure in was to become the 'West Coast' jazz scene starting in the 1950s. Through Holman's associations to personnel from Central Avenue, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman he put together his own small jazz groups and participated in those of numerous other artists. The most prominent names from that list include Carmen McRae, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, The Tonight Show Band, Manhattan Transfer, Diane Schuur, J.J. Johnson, Jack Sheldon, Charlie Shoemake, Howard Roberts, Ann Richards, Anita O'Day, Lighthouse All-Stars, June Christy, Mel Torme, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Lennie Niehaus, Conte Candoli, Dave Pell, Shelly Manne and Terry Gibbs. He recorded for several labels as well as his small groups regularly playing at The Lighthouse, Basin Street West, Donte's, and numerous other Los Angeles venues from the era.[citation needed]

Work for other artists, television and film[edit]

Though he is known primarily in the jazz idiom, Holman has had a long career in composing original music and writing arrangements for an impressive list of prominent recording artists. Most notably, several of the biggest pop acts he wrote for were through his association in Los Angeles to a group of record producers and studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. Artists Holman specifically wrote for who were produced during this time include The 5th Dimension, The Association, The Sandpipers, and The Monkees. Each of these four pop groups had award-winning hits and platinum selling records containing Holman's work as an orchestrator/arranger. This overall roster of artists written for includes Peggy Lee, Burt Bacharach, Les Brown, Randy VanWarmer, Mario Lanza, Tak Shindo, Michael Bublé, Seals & Crofts, Bobby Sherman, Bobby Darin, Johnny Desmond, the Four Freshmen, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey, Steve Lawrence, The Turtles, Jackie & Roy, Tony Bennett, Si Zentner, and others.[citation needed]

Holman's television credits include many of his compositions and arrangements featured on major television series and specials such as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Bing Crosby Show, the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, the Academy Awards, The Hollywood Palace, The Merv Griffin Show, The Mike Douglas Show and the Dick Cavett Show.[citation needed] His many commercial compositions, included is work on earlier films scores including work on Roger Corman's Swamp Women (1956) ask well as the movies Get Out of Town (1959), and Three on a Couch (1966). Other film scoring work includes for his composition and arranging on Glengarry Glen Ross, The Wrecking Crew, Luv, Harper, The Marrying Man and Sharky's Machine (among others).[citation needed]

Bill Holman Big Band[edit]

He formed his own Los Angeles-based big band in the 1950s which recorded several prominent albums in the late 1950s and early 60s. These albums included In a Jazz Orbit (1958), The Fabulous Bill Holman (1958) and Bill Holman's Great Big Band (1961). The group also recorded several albums under Holman's name backing Jackie & Roy, Mark Murphy and David Allen. The most notable album of these was with singer Anita O'Day in 1960/61 entitled Incomparable! for Verve Records. By the late 1960s Holman had de-emphasized the group due to his busy schedule, the commercial viability of a big band, and partly because of the departure of drummer Mel Lewis moving back to New York City.[citation needed]

Starting in 1975, nearly 13 years after his last big band recording, Holman began rehearsing, writing and recording with his own big band again which has won two Grammys. His first recording with the new group in 1988 was Bill Holman Band: World Class Music (JVC). Pulling in Los Angeles studio musicians who admired and appreciated his work, Holman has been able to release a list of acclaimed CDs, including Brilliant Corners which features arrangements of tunes written by Thelonious Monk that won a Grammy in 1997. Holman's band is one of the few regularly rehearsing big bands that meets on a weekly basis. The group has been featured at numerous jazz venues and festivals over the last 30 years to include The Jazz Bakery, the Reno Jazz Festival, Elmhurst Jazz festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and many times at the Los Angeles Jazz Institute's Big Band Bash that happens every May.[citation needed]

Work with European ensembles and recordings[edit]

Holman's writing for large jazz ensemble has had a tremendous impact outside of the United States. He has conducted and recorded with well-known jazz orchestras such as the WDR Big Band in Cologne, the BBC Big Band in London, SWR Big Band in Stuttgart, Germany, the hr-Bigband in Frankfurt, Germany, RIAS Big Band Berlin, the Klaus Weiss Big Band, Vic Lewis, the Norwegian Radio Big Band, BuJazzO, and the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra in Amsterdam. Musical scores and recording for Bill Holman are archived in over 20 major countries' national libraries around the world.[7]

Honors and awards[edit]

Holman has been the arranger and orchestrator on numerous albums that have garnered Grammy nominations; he has personally had 16 nominations total and won 3 times. Holman's first nomination came in 1960 for Best Arrangement for Peggy Lee's hit single I'm Gonna Go Fishin'. He was the main contributor as an arranger (3 tracks) to the 1963 Best Jazz Performance - Large Group (Instrumental) category winning Stan Kenton album Adventures In Jazz. Holman was a contributing arranger for the 1970 Grammy Record of the Year, The Age of Aquarius by The 5th Dimension. His first Grammy Award win came in 1988 for Best Instrumental Arrangement (with Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra).[citation needed]

He was an important contributing orchestrator/arranger of Natalie Cole's 1992 multiple Grammy winning album Unforgettable... with Love, and her follow up Grammy winning CD's Take a Look and Still Unforgettable. In 1996, Holman received his 2nd Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, "A View from the Side", recorded by his Bill Holman Band on the JVC label. His 3rd Grammy came in 1997 for the recording Brilliant Corners/The Music of Thelonious Monk, it won the Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Holman's arrangement of "Straight, No Chaser". He has been repeatedly selected as one of the leading names in the DownBeat magazine poll for "Jazz Arranger/Orchestrator".[citation needed]

In May 2000, the Bill Holman Collection of scores and memorabilia was established at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.[8] On January 12, 2010, the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Award on Bill Holman, the nation's highest honor for jazz and American Music. Holman is a recipient of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers Golden Score Award in 2008.[9] He has received an honorary doctorate from Elmhurst College in Illinois.[10]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1960 I'm Gonna Go Fishin', arranged by Holman Best Arrangement Nominated
1967 Norwegian Wood, arranged by Holman - instrumental Nominated
Windy, arranged by Holman - instrumental for backing vocal Nominated
1969 Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In, arranged by Holman Best Arrangement for Vocalist(s) or Instrumental(s) Nominated
1973 The Daily Dance, composed by Holman Best Instrumental Arrangement Nominated
1987 Take the "A" Train, arranged by Holman Best Arrangement on an Instrumental Won
1988 Bill Holman Band (Album) Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band Nominated
1996 A View From the Side, composed by Holman Best Instrumental Composition Won
A View From the Side (Album) Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance Nominated
1998 Brilliant Corners (Album) Nominated
Straight, No Chaser, arranged by Holman Best Instrumental Arrangement Won
1999 The Moon of Manakoora, arranged by Holman Nominated
Further Adventures (Album) Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance Nominated
2005 Bill Holman Band: Live (Album) Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Nominated
2007 Hommage (Album) Nominated
2012 Without A Paddle, composed by Holman Best Instrumental Composition Nominated

Grammy Award winning singles or albums contributed to as composer or arranger[edit]

Year Grammy category (*won) Album or Single Primary artist Label Role as composer or arranger Content composed or arranged
1963 *Best Jazz Performance – Large Group (Instrumental) Adventures In Jazz (album) Stan Kenton Capitol arranger Limehouse Blues
Stairway to the Stars
1969 *Record of the Year Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (single) The 5th Dimension Soul City arranger
(for instrumental background)
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In
1992 *Album of the Year Unforgettable... with Love (album) Natalie Cole Elektra arranger
(for big band)
Almost Like Being In Love
Thou Swell
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
This Can't Be Love
1994 *Best Jazz Vocal Album Take a Look (album) Swingin' Shepherd Blues
All About Love
1996 *Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance Here's to the Ladies (album) Tony Bennett Columbia People
Over the Rainbow
Down in the Depths
2008 *Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Call Me Irresponsible (album) Michael Bublé Reprise Call Me Irresponsible
2011 *Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Crazy Love (album) orchestrator All I Do Is Dream Of You

Grammy Award nominated singles or albums contributed to as composer or arranger[edit]

Year Grammy category (*nominated) Album or Single Primary artist Label Role as composer or arranger Content composed or arranged
1961 *Best Solo Vocal Performance - Female Basin Street East Proudly Presents Miss Peggy Lee (album) Peggy Lee Capitol composer and arranger *Bows music*
Other arrangements
1964 *Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group Woody Herman '64 (album) Woody Herman Philips composer and arranger After You've Gone
Jazz Hoot
1967 *Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group Woody Live—East And West (album) Woody Herman Columbia composer Waltz For A Hung-Up Ballet Mistress
1967 *Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group Big Swing Face (album) Buddy Rich Pacific arranger Norwegian Wood
Monitor Theme
Wack Wack
1968 *Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group Concerto for Herd: Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival 1981 (album) Woody Herman Verve composer Concerto for Herd
The Horn Of The Fish
1969 *Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Large Group or Soloist with Large Group Buddy & Soul (album) Buddy Rich Pacific arranger Ruth
Hello, I Love You
1969 *Album of the Year The Age Of Aquarius (album) The 5th Dimension Soul City arranger *whole album
1982 *Best Instrumental Performance – Big Band Live At The Concord Jazz Festival 1981 (album) Woody Herman Concord composer Midnight Run
1985 *Best Instrumental Performance – Big Band Don't Stop Now! (album) Louis Bellson Bosco arranger Lover Man
1991 *Best Traditional Pop Performance Pure Schuur (album) Diane Schuur GRP arranger Deed I Do
2002 *Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album Can I Persuade You? (album) Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Planet Arts arranger Just Friends
2009 *Best Traditional Pop Album A Swingin' Christmas (album) Tony Bennett Columbia arranger I'll Be Home For Christmas
My Favourite Things
Winter Wonderland
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Academy Award nominated songs or soundtracks contributed to as composer or arranger[edit]

Year Academy Award category (*nominated) song or soundtrack Film Performing artist Role as composer or arranger
1970 *Best Original Song Come Saturday Morning The Sterile Cuckoo The Sandpipers arranger


As leader or featured artist[edit]

  • Stan Kenton presents Bill Holman (Capitol, 1955) - Octet recording
  • Jive for Five (Andex 1958)
  • The Fabulous Bill Holman (Andex, 1958)
  • In A Jazz Orbit (Coral, 1958)
  • Bill Holman's Great Big Band (Capitol, 1961)
  • The Norwegian Radio Band Meets Bill Holman (Taurus Records, 1987)
  • Bill Holman Band (JVC, 1988)
  • A View From The Side (JVC, 1995)(1996 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Composition
  • Vic Lewis West Coast All Stars Play Bill Holman (Candid, 1995)
  • Brilliant Corners: The Music Of Thelonious Monk (JVC, 1997) (1998 Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Arrangement)
  • Further Adventures (with The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra) (Koch Jazz, 1997)
  • Jazz In Concert (with The SWR Big Band) (Hammsler, 2005)
  • Bill Holman Band Live (Jazzed Media, 2005) (2006 Grammy nominee)
  • Hommage (Jazzed Media, 2007) (2008 Grammy nominee)

With Stan Kenton and his orchestra[edit]

As composer and arranger[edit]

With Count Basie

With Gabe Baltazar

With Charlie Barnet

  • Cherokee (Everest, 1958)
  • More (Everest, 1959)
  • Big Band 1967 (Creative World, 1967)

With Louie Bellson

With Tony Bennett

With Michael Bublé

With June Christy

With Natalie Cole

With Maynard Ferguson

With Jerry Fielding And His Orchestra

  • Near East Brass (Command, 1967)

With Terry Gibbs

  • Launching a New Band, aka Launching a New Sound in Music (Mercury, 1959)
  • Dream Band (Contemporary, 1959)
  • The Dream Band, Vol. 2: The Sundown Sessions (Contemporary, 1959)
  • Dream Band, Vol. 3: Flying Home (Contemporary, 1959)
  • Dream Band, Vol. 6: One More Time (Contemporary, 1959)
  • Swing Is Here! (second original Dream Band release) (Verve, 1960)
  • The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band (Verve, 1961) – reissued as Dream Band, Vol. 4: Main Stem
  • Explosion! (Mercury, 1961) – reissued as Dream Band, Vol. 5: The Big Cat

With Benny Goodman

With Woody Herman

  • The 3 Herds (Columbia, 1954)
  • Woody Herman:1964 (Philips, 1964)
  • My Kind of Broadway (Columbia, 1965)
  • The Jazz Swinger (Columbia, 1966)
  • Concerto for Herd – At the Monterey Jazz Festival (Atlantic, 1968)
  • Woody Herman Live at the Concord Jazz Festival (Concord, 1981)

With Jackie and Roy

  • Bits and Pieces (ABC-Paramount, 1957)
  • Free And Easy! (ABC-Paramount, 1958)

With Harry James

With Bob Keane

  • Dancing on the Ceiling (Whippet, 1952)

With Peggy Lee

With Carmen McRae

  • IN SESSION: SARAH & CARMEN (T.V Program, 1977)
  • Blue Note Meets The L.A. Philharmonic (Blue Note, 1978)

With Gerry Mulligan

With Mark Murphy

  • This Could Be The Start Of Something (Capitol, 1959)
  • Mark Murphy's Hip Parade (Capitol, 1960)
  • Playing the Field (Capitol, 1960)

With Anita O'Day

  • Incomparable! (Verve, 1961)

With Art Pepper

  • Winter Moon (Galaxy, 1980)

With Art Pepper and Conte Candoli

With Buddy Rich

With Ann Richards

With Frank Rosolino

  • Kenton Presents (Capitol, 1954)
  • Kenton Presents: Frankly Speaking (Capitol, 1955)
  • The Legend Of Frank Rosolino (Interlude, 1959)

With Diane Schuur

  • Pure Schuur (GRP, 1991)

With Charlie Shoemake

  • Collaboration (Pausa, 1985)
  • Strollin' (Chase, 1991)

With Zoot Sims

With The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen

With Sarah Vaughan

With Jiggs Whigham and the WDR Big Band

  • The Third Stone (Koala, 1989)

With Si Zentner

  • From Russia With Love (Liberty, 1964)
  • Plays The Big Band-Hits (Liberty, 1964)

As sideman[edit]

With Chet Baker and Bud Shank

With Charlie Barnet

  • Big Band Bash (Verve, 1954)

With Elmer Bernstein

With Conte Candoli and Lou Levy

With Peggy Connelly

With Richie Kamuca

With Johnny Mandel

With Shelly Manne

With Lennie Niehaus

  • The Octet #2, Vol. 3 (Contemporary, 1955)

With Shorty Rogers

With Lalo Schifrin

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Biography page for Bill Holman, Kathryn King Media
  2. ^ Interview with Bill Holman, JazzWax part 1
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Bill Holman". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b c [1]
  5. ^ a b Holman 1990, p. Blog, Jazz Profiles: interview with Bill Holman, 1990.
  6. ^ Holman 2009, p. Interview with Bill Holman August 18, 2009 by Doug Ramsey.
  7. ^ VIAF listings and data
  8. ^ Bill Holman Biography with Kendor Music Publishing
  9. ^ ASMAC Golden Score Award Roster, ASMAC web site
  10. ^ Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, Bill Holman
  11. ^ "Harry James And His Orchestra – The New James". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-12-24.


  • Arganian, Lillian. Stan Kenton: the Man and his Music Artistry Press, 1989
  • Clarke, Donald. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music Penguin Books, 1998
  • Holman, Bill/Dobbins, Bill. Conversations With Bill Holman: Thoughts and Recollections of a Jazz Master. Advance Music GmbH, 2017, ISBN 3954810379, 206 pages.
  • Kernfeld, Barry Dean Kernfeld. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz Macmillan, 2002
  • Sparke, Michael. Stan Kenton: This is an Orchestra. University of North Texas Press. 2010.

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