Baritone saxophonist Marvin “Doc” Holladay has been creating music for over half a century. His approach to jazz has been called “at once natural and spiritual” his music described as “sophisticated, uncluttered, unencumbered music that is truly created, not forcibly produced.” In 2005, Marvin and his wife, Diane, moved to Quito, Ecuador, finding it to be an ideal location to “retire."
His work, nonetheless, has not stopped. He is not only giving jazz lessons to young and adult musicians, he is actively performing with his quartet and seeking to share the music he loves and thereby to leave as a legacy, the true expression of the genre. His current goal is to create an organization in Ecuador where jazz is taught and treasured in its purest of forms, as a music meant to elevate the spirit.