Charlie Holmes

Clarinet, Musical Artist

1910 – 1985


Who was Charlie Holmes?

Charlie Holmes was an alto jazz saxophonist of the swing era. He also played clarinet in jazz and oboe for the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra in 1926.

After moving to New York City he worked for a variety of groups including Luis Russell in 1928. He would work with Russell again a few times and in 1932 joined the Mills Blue Rhythm Band. He was also in the John Kirby's Sextet, Cootie Williams' Orchestra and Louis Armstrong's band for much of the next two decades. He left music in 1951 and did not return for twenty years. He returned to work in Clyde Bernhardt's Harlem Blues & Jazz Band and later played for the Swedish band Kustbandet. He never acted as a leader in any recording or group.


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Jan 27, 1910
  • United States of America
Sep 18, 1985

on July 23, 2013