Jim Holman


Jim Holman

About Jim Holman

Jim Holman grew up as the son of a musician. From an early age Jim knew that music was going to be his life-long pursuit. He started taking private piano lessons in middle school before earning his BA in Music at University of Pittsburgh and MA in Jazz Performance at DePaul University. Currently living in Chicago, he has two albums under the prestigious Chicago Delmark Label. Jim has performed and recorded with jazz greats such as Ira Sullivan, Roger Humphries, and Richie Cole. His music has been heard in a wide variety of settings and ranges a broad spectrum of styles.

Jim particularly enjoys improvising and composing. His influences include: Herbie Hancock, Al Haig, Brad Mehldau, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Ives, The Beatles, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, The Dirty Projectors, TMBG, Stevie Wonder, Moondog, and MF Doom.

As a teacher, Jim strives to help his students fully activate their individual passion for music, regardless of age, experience or genre. His hope is for his students to become empowered to take personal and creative control of their musical pursuits. 

Regardless of style or interest, Jim asks his students to investigate the emotional/aesthetic workings of the music as well as theoretical and mechanical aspects of form. Aesthetic, theory, and technique all inform each other and should be learned in tandem. Priority is placed on music being a fun and enjoyable pursuit.

When Jim isn’t immersed in music, he spends his free time playing reversie (othello), watching Hunter x Hunter on Netflix, and listening to history lectures on YouTube. He also has a cat named Fuzzy Mittens!