Triple WAMI award winning Jazz Pianist, Russell Holmes has performed with many great jazz ensembles including MPS, Frames of Minds, The Ragabillys, Hip Mo Toast and artists such as Dale Barlow, Red Rodney and many others. Career highlights would include being invited to perform at the Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome, Italy ( July 2006 ) and supporting James Taylor at the infamous Leeuwin concert. Whilst being recorded on over 50 CD’s, in 2006 he released “One Evening”, a CD recorded with his regular trio at the time with Matt Willis and Danny Susnjar. This was launched in October 2006. Russell’s most recent recording is a nationally released CD by the ABC Jazz label entitled Fire and Rain ‘THE JAMES TAYLOR PROJECT’ ( released 21st February 2009) which features the regular trio line-up performing eleven beautiful tracks of James Taylor songs.
The Russell Holmes Trio has performed over 500 gigs in the past 14 years with residencies including the Inglewood Hotel, The Universal Bar, Clancy’s Fish Pubs, The University Club and Hotel Northbridge. The trio performs regularly at The Ellington and was invited to perform at The Perth International Jazz Festival 2014 in May this year. The trio will also travel to Melbourne at the invitation of ABC to record further for Jazztrack and ABC Jazz label in August. It was awarded “Most Outstanding Jazz Group 2001” by the Perth Jazz Society and has continued to perform regularly since.
The piano playing by Russell Holmes is spectacular. There is a certain inevitability about music when you hear it played right – you just can’t believe it could be played any other way. That is how I feel when I listen to Russell Holmes
(cd review Australian Music Forum Magazine by Craig Dabelstein)
The Russell Holmes Trio explore the art and essence of the piano trio with their own well defined flavour and personality. The group possesses a deep groove and stands alone with its own treatment and inimitable expression. Russell’s sensitive style is supported by Karl Florrison (double bass) and Mike Perkins (drums), creating an interactive, unique and inspiring ensemble whose overall essence is one pure and authentic voice. With an increasing number of original compositions being included in both recordings and live sets, The Russell Holmes Trio promise a unique and soulful music experience.
Russell is also a sessional lecturer in music at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
“ This trio is cohesive, well practiced and brimful of energy. The music delivered by this current Russell Holmes Trio was compelling, often powered by tension and with a deeply embedded swing”
(2012 Bennett’s Lane gig review Roger Mitchell ausjazz.net)