Double Feature Friday: Glenn Holmes Quartet, Lucas Kadish Tundra Master NE Ohio bassist & NYC guitarist wunderkind bring their all-star bands to BLU for a high-energy evening of top shelf jazz - one ticket gets you into both shows!

Friday, January 5

Glenn Holmes Quartet (8PM-9:15PM)

A native of Cleveland, bassist & bandleader, Glenn Holmes, has earned degrees in String Bass & Music Theory from Miami University (Ohio) and a Master of Music degree in Theory/Composition from Wichita State University. Glenn has performed as a guest soloist in both the classical and jazz idioms. As a former member of the Wichita State Symphony Orchestra, Glenn has served on the faculty of Wichita State University, Friends University, and is also a published composer.
Past performances have included associations with Ignacio Berroa, Charlie Rouse, Andy Narell, Jerry Halen, Richie Cole, Doc Cheatham, Keith Copeland, Eddie Daniels, Joe Williams, Jimmy Heath, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Cindy Blackman and many others. As a freelance musician, he has worked with The Eric Gould Trio, The Bill Ransom Quintet, The MKE Ensemble, and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra. Glenn is currently on the teaching staff at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.


Lucas Kadish Tundra (9:45PM-11:00PM)

21-year-young jazz guitarist, Lucas Kadish, was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. There he spent his formative years discovering a deep love for many types of music. In his late teens he began studying and playing with Theron Brown, Dan Wilson, Bobby Selvaggio, and many other staples of the scene.
By graduation he had already been named a National YoungArts finalist and a semi-finalist in the United States Presidential Scholars of the Arts for jazz guitar. He was admitted to The New School for Jazz on the President’s Scholarship and moved to NYC. In his first year of college, Lucas was selected for the prestigious international Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency for composition.
Since, Lucas continues to grow as a working musician and composer. He has shared the stage and played with jazz luminaries such as Les McCann, Javon Jackson, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Dominick Faranacci, Bobby Selvaggio, and many others. He has performed internationally with Nick Dunston’s Dinner Party at the Bern Jazz Festival and Devon Gillingham’s Trio at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. Lucas has also performed around the country at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room (NYC), the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (DC), The New World Center (Miami), E.J. Thomas Hall (Akron), Lyric Theatre (Lexington), The Kent Stage, Blu Jazz+ (Akron), Chris’ Jazz Café (Philly), Andy’s Jazz Club (Chicago), Cliff Bell’s (Detroit), WhyNot Jazz Room (NYC), Shapeshifter Lab, NightTown (Cleveland), The Bop Stop, Silvana, Club Bonafide, and many, many more.

Don’t miss your chance to hear both of these incredible bands under one roof on the same night – get your tickets today!

8:00 pm

$15 (1 ticket, 2 shows)

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