“British musician Dave Holland is to receive one of America’s biggest jazz honours in recognition of his contribution to music.
Famed for his work with Miles Davis, and subsequently the leader of an acclaimed big band, Holland will become one of the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters.
Born in Wolverhampton, the bassist was discovered by Davis whilst gigging at Ronnie Scott’s in 1968.
He subsequently played on Bitches Brew, amongst other seminal jazz recordings.
A fellow of the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he studied from 1965-6, Holland has won three Grammy awards and continues to play with his quintet, his big band and the jazz collective Prism.“