Clint Holmes: Holmes for the Holidays

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Clint Holmes

Holmes for the Holidays

Birdland Theater, NYC, December 26, 2018

Reviewed by Ron Forman for Cabaret Scenes

Clint Holmes

Clint Holmes was the featured attraction at Harrah’s Las Vegas for many years. He brings that Vegas dynamism and energy to any stage on which appears.

He is a remarkably energetic performer, looks great at age 72, he has a truly amazing voice with a very wide range, and his kinetic behavior on stage makes it virtually impossible to take your eyes off him. In addition, he has the ability to mimic musical instruments and is often quite funny. Holmes’ music director, pianist/vibraphonist Christian Timburr, was an important part of the evening’s entertainment.

Holmes opened the holiday show with “Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” followed by a swinging “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” which allowed him to show off his ability to scat. “On Broadway” featured a super-fast vibraphone solo by Timburr, that brought cheers from the audience.
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Holmes mimicked the sound of drums to begin his performance of “Little Drummer Boy” which built in intensity and then faded away at its conclusion. He dramatically performed his own composition based on his life experience, “1944,” a song that describes the meeting of his white opera-singing mother with his black jazz-singing father in England in 1944.

  He opened “Bluesette” by mimicking the sound of a flute, and the number included some very impressive scatting and a dazzling vibraphone solo by Timburr.
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Holmes showed that he can slow it down and do a tender and romantic ballad with “My Foolish Heart.” After describing his battle to overcome colon cancer, he performed another of his biographical songs, the uplifting “If Not Now, When.” His finale was Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” ending the show with eight hallelujah’s building to spectacular climax.

Ron Forman

Ron Forman has been a Mathematics Professor at Kingsborough Community College for 45 years. In that time, he has managed to branch out in many different areas. From 1977 to 1994 he was co-owner of Comics Unlimited, the third largest comic book distribution company in the USA. In 1999,after a lifetime of secretly wanting to do a radio program, he began his weekly Sweet Sounds program on WKRB 90.3 FM, dedicated to keeping the music of the Great American Songbook alive and accessible. This introduced him to the world of cabaret, which led to his position as a reviewer for Cabaret Scenes.