Clint Holmes: Class Act

“At some point in my career, at some point in my awareness, my goal was to have a show that everyone could enjoy, but that if Tony Bennett walked in he would love it,” says Cabaret Jazz resident artist Clint Holmes. “That’s always been a goal of mine, and more and more in the last decade, I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned so much about the art form, if you will. I know that sounds really highfalutin.”

Not really. Anyone who’s seen the polished showmanship of Clint Holmes — as a Strip headliner, cabaret singer in New York at Café Carlyle, jazz combo frontman or New Year’s Eve costar at Reynolds Hall — understands exactly what he means. Holmes will be back Feb 4-6 for Clint Holmes & Domenick Allen: What a Wonderful World, in which he’s joined by Vegas-based, Scottish-born singer Allen for an eclectic set with a worldly flavor.

“We both travel all over the world performing, so it’s going to be songs from here but not necessarily obvious ones,” says Holmes. “And then Dominick is going to come up and we’re going to go to Spain and France, and do some international music. It’s a very different show.”

Holmes is busier than ever. In between gigs at The Smith Center and engagements in Manhattan and Atlantic City, he’s been working on a new full-length recording at Hollywood’s iconic Capitol Studios with producer/drummer Gregg Field. Field won a Latin Grammy for producing Arturo Sandoval and has played drums for everyone from Sinatra to Streisand, but has been collaborating with Holmes on a yet-to-be-titled album that features vocalists Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ledesi and Jane Monheit as well as saxophonist Dave Koz.

He hopes to have the album completed in April, but in the meantime Holmes has been widening his horizons by teaching master classes in singing at Nevada School of the Arts. His efforts are being recognized on Friday, Jan. 29 at Ghostbar at the Palms, where he will be the honored with a musical celebration featuring performances by NSA students.

Holmes admits there will come a day when he’ll have to slow down, but that day appears to be far off. “I’ve got too much to do, you know what I mean? I’m still excited about it. And teaching is fun too. That’s another thing I want to continue to do, and I just got started. It’s really rewarding.”

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