Kingston concert to benefit Special Olympics

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Three-time World Old-Time Piano-Playing Champion Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots will perform in Kingston next weekend in a benefit concert to help Special Olympics Tennessee Area 30.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 in Kingston United Methodist Church at 212 W. Church St.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those younger than 16 and are available at the church or Browder’s Ace Hardware in the Ladd Landing shopping center.

Call Lee Schuiten at 771-7655 for details.

Holland and Coots performed together on the recording “The Ones That We Love,” available on CD.

Holland, having performed ragtime, jazz and stride piano for almost 30 years, continues to be one of the most sought-after artists in the country.

Classically trained but with a keen ear for improvisation, his approach to the piano is marked by a dynamic, driving style.

His grandparents raised him to love all kinds of music; however, styles from the early 20th century became his passion. Holland quickly learned his way around an organ keyboard and had a repertoire of old standards before the age of 6.

During 12 years of intense classical piano studies, Holland decided he wanted to perform on the ragtime stage.

He has performed all across the U.S. in venues from pizza parlors to concerts and festivals.

In 2007, Holland earned a Grammy nomination for his work with Bud Dresser as B-Square with their “Ragtime-Goodtime-Jazz” CD. The pair contiue to play in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

On the global front, he performed at the International Stride Summit in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2007, and was
lured back in 2009 to play exclusively for the 100th anniversary of the Balgrist Association, held at the Balgrist University Hospital.  

Holland’s latest global adventure landed him in Kigali, Rwanda, playing with international artists Ben Ngabo and Mutzar’s Jazz Band and good friends Jeff and Anne Barnhart.

That venture also brought him into a partnership with renowned drummer Coots.

Coots started playing drums in 1964 in northern New York at the age of 6. He has studied with Nick Baffaro, Rich Holly, Alan Koffman and Jim Petercsak in percussion.

He continued his education at Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University.

Coots became adjunct facul-ty at St. Lawrence, Clarkson University and Potsdam State University from the mid-1970s into the 1990s while traveling and performing with David Amram, Ray Shiner, Daniel Pinkham, Herb Ellis, Will Alger, Jack Mayhue, Speigle Wilcox, Mimi Hines, Phil Ford, Bob Darch, Pearl Kaufman and Arthur Duncan.

In 1996, he moved to Nashville and was part of the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band for five years.

He also helped found the Titan Hot Seven.

During this time, Coots has played and recorded with Johnny Varro, Jeff Coffin, Tim Laughlin, Harry Allen, Dave Hungate, Jerry Krahn, Bill Allred, John Allred, Randy Reinhart, Ron Hockett, John Cocuzzi, John Sheridan, Dan Barrett, Vince Giordano, Rebecca Kilgore, Ken Peplowski, Duke Heitger, Neville Dickie, Bob Shultz, Nicki Parrott, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Yve Evans, Chuck Hedges and Allen Vache.

Coots has recorded extensively in Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, and his playing is featured on 70 recordings, one of which won a Grammy in 2005.

During the Africa trip, Coots and Holland came up with a plan to record “The Ones That We Love,” the first CD on the Mohawk Productions label.