Catching Vibes with Clint Holmes & Guest Christian Tamburr

This Friday through Sunday, resident entertainer Clint Holmes returns to Cabaret Jazz. For his May run, Holmes is switching things up from his frequent R&B- and soul-inspired repertoire for the aptly-named “Digging Into My Jazz Roots” shows. Along the way he’ll be delving into songs by artists ranging from Nat King Cole to Stevie Wonder.

A major part of Holmes’ jazzed-up shows will be his guest stars, the Christian Tamburr Trio.

Featuring Tamburr on vibraphone and piano, William Thornton on bass and Billy Williams, Jr. on drums, the three-piece ensemble specializes in an atmospheric, lounge-friendly nocturnal sound. With a warm retro tone, the trio’s musical style will be familiar to fans of musicians like Lionel Hampton and Tito Puente.

“I’m excited to make music with Christian Tamburr and his band. These guys tour the world representing Lincoln Center Jazz, so we are thrilled to have them here,” says Holmes. “The show will be intimate and musically powerful at the same time.”

Tamburr is familiar to many Las Vegas jazz fans. He has played at the Bellagio and was a featured musician and musical director at Rose.Rabbit.Lie at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. He has even influenced local magicians Penn and Teller, having consulted on the music for their popular show.

The musical relationship between Tamburr and Holmes stretches back in time, says Tamburr.

“I’ve known of Clint for well over 15 years. He was one of the first performers I saw when I first lived in Vegas back in 2001,” he says. “We first worked together in May of 2013 when Clint joined my quintet as a special guest for a two-week jazz cruise around the Mediterranean. Since then we have been guesting with each other’s bands as often as our touring schedules permit.”

Tamburr’s vibraphone – with sonics that are at once both velvety smooth and resonantly powerful – is set to be a key aspect of the show’s appeal. The musical device has a distinct aura of mystery, yet it remains inviting nonetheless.

“The vibraphone was originally developed as a sound effect instrument,” says Tamburr. “It can be delicate like a harp or as percussive and driving as a drum. Its tonality is ethereal. With its long resonating bars and a sustain pedal like a piano, its ability to capture a lyrical melodic line is truly unlike anything else.”

Beyond the promise of vibraphone-infused, rootsy jazz experiences, the shows have a special bonus: they happen close to Holmes’ May birthday.

“I consider this musical forum a special way to celebrate my birthday,” Holmes says.

No need to do bring presents, though. “The only gift I want is for you to celebrate this great classic music with us,” he adds.
Enjoy a preview of Christian Tamburr’s vibraphone artistry:

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