Corcoran Holt

Corcoran Holt began playing djembe and other West African percussion at the age of 4 as a member of Wo’se Dance Company under the tutelage of Baba Aidoo Holmes & Mahiri Edwards. Corcoran attended the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC from 1996 to 2000 where he studied classical bass with Carolyn Kellock, and the jazz art form with educators Davey Yarborough, the late Keter Betts and Steve Novasel. Always performing, he completed a Bachelors of Arts in Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2004 where he studied bass with Michael Bowie. He received his Masters degree in Jazz Studies from Queens College in New York City in 2006 under the tutelage of Buster Williams, Michael Phillip Mossman, and Antonio Hart. To date, Corcoran has performed across the USA and internationally at music festivals and sponsored tours throughout countries in West, South, and East Africa, Europe, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and Canada. Currently Corcoran is the bassist in the Kenny Garrett Quintet, which received a Grammy nomination for the 2013 Kenny Garrett recording “Pushing the World Away” recorded on Mac Avenue Records. Grades 6-12.