The quest for complete expression
If being able to turn an instrument into a distinct voice so profound that the sound of its first note is known by name from coast to coast and beyond, then Ron Holloway is among the chosen few of the greatest saxophonists anywhere.
Ron is definitely one of the busiest tenor saxophonists on today’s music scene in any genre. He toured with The Warren Haynes Band in support of two critically acclaimed releases on the Stax Records label. In addition to Haynes’ Gov’t Mule, Ron has also been a frequent guest with The Tedeschi Trucks Band, as well as The Allman Brothers Band. Over the years, Ron 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.
Ron continues to tour as a member of The Warren Haynes Band, and he leads his own group, The Ron Holloway Band. Based in the Washington D.C. area, The Ron Holloway Band delivers sax driven funk jams with soaring female vocals, soul soaked Hammond B3, intensely emotive guitar, and hard hitting grooves that have quickly made waves on the festival scene.
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.” But this only begins to touch upon the versatility of the tenor saxophonist.
The quest for complete expression has been a hallmark of Ron Holloway’s music from the beginning. He 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.
Ron introduces himself in spectacular crescendos on the intro to “Inipi” that settles into a driving, hook-laced saxophone on the opening cut, “Master Midnight.” But while Ron lays down a sultry city sax vibe on “Master Midnight,” it’s his blistering solo on “Smile At Me” that pushes the song into the outer stratosphere of musical range.
Ron proudly endorses Theo Wanne products and is the recipient of no less than 42 Washington Area Music Awards, two of them for Musician of the Year. “Among the many things I would like to do, is reflect the entire history of the tenor saxophone in my playing,” he says. “The saxophone is a relatively young instrument but what an illustrious legacy it already has. There’s much to be done!”