1. Living in London in the 1960s, Holland regularly played at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, backing visiting American musicians, including Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster.

2. Miles Davis heard Holland at Ronnie Scott's in 1968, and hired him. Holland performed on several classic Davis albums: "Filles de Kilimanjaro," "In a Silent Way," "Bitches Brew." (He also is on the new box set, "Miles Davis Quintet/Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2.)

3. In New York during the 1970s, Holland was ubiquitous. He played with Thelonious Monk, Sam Rivers, Barry Altschul, Stan Getz, Chick Corea and many others.

4. He formed his first quintet in 1983 and has been active as a leader ever since.

5. Now 66, this master bassist performs and leads in many settings, from solo recitals to duos with flamenco guitar to his own big band.

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