Born in Ithaca, NY in 1979, trumpeter Ben Holmes has lived in New York since 2001. Displaying “the deft imagination that’s mandatory for today’s top brass” (John Corbett, Downbeat Magazine), Holmes enjoys music from many points in time and space, with special affinity for Jazz, Klemzer and traditional music from Eastern Europe. In addition to leading the Ben Holmes Quartet, a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to original music rooted in Jazz, improvisation, and the ebb and flow of influences that constitute the sonic life of the 21st Century, he is one half of Ben Holmes & Patrick Farrell, NYC’s premier Klezmer/Folk/Spaghetti Western/Improv/Pop/Waltz/Balkan/Freak-Out Trumpet and Accordion Duo. Their second album, “Gold Dust” was released in late 2014. He also co-leads Tarras Band, a five-piece klezmer band dedicated to the music of Yiddish-American clarinet legend Dave Tarras. He currently works as a sideman with the Banda de los Muertos, Ty Citerman’s Bop Kabbalah, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Cynthia Hopkins, Songs for Unusual Creatures, and Justin Mullens’ Delphian Jazz Orchestra.
Holmes has released two albums as a leader – 2012’s quartet album Anvil of the Lord (Skirl Records) and 2009’s Ben Holmes Trio. Both albums received 4/5 stars in Downbeat Magazine.