Ron Holloway is one of the busiest tenor saxophonists on today’s music scene in any genre! Â Holloway is a member of The Warren Haynes Band and frequent guest of Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Allman Brothers Band. Over the years, he has been a member of an eclectic roster of groups, including; the Susan Tedeschi Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Gil Scott-Heron and Root Boy Slim.
Since 2014, however, audiences have been filling venues to see Holloway’s latest project: Â His own band. Â A high energy, sax-driven funk machine named The Ron Holloway Band. Â Festivals and colleges have quickly embraced the seven piece band as a national headliner with their 1970â€™s throwback sound reminiscent of Sly Stone, Parliament Funkadelic and more.
In the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, renowned jazz critic Ira Gitler describes Ron Holloway as “a bear-down-hard-bopper who can blow authentic R&B, and croon a ballad with warm, blue feeling.” While true, this only begins to touch upon the versatility of the tenor saxophonist. Â The quest for complete expression has been a hallmark of Ron Holloway’s music from the beginning.
Holloway combines passion and a broad dynamic range to generate an exciting and distinctive sound…Like [Sonny] Rollins, Holloway strives to push the tenor sax beyond the limits of its dynamic range. He notes that the instrument was originally designed to play a range of two and a half octaves. By using special fingering techniques, Holloway can hit registers spanning almost five octaves. Holloway demonstrates his extraordinary range while maintaining precise control over a melody. As Holloway hits the highest register, Dr. [Billy] Taylor remarks, “Thatâ€™s amazing to me”. — NPR.org
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