|Birth name||Howard Vincent Alden|
October 17, 1958 |
Newport Beach, California, United States
|Origin||New York City|
|Instruments||Seven-string guitar, tenor banjo|
|Labels||Concord, Arbors, K2B2, Delmark|
|Associated acts||George Van Eps, Dan Barrett, Ken Peplowski|
Howard Alden (born October 17, 1958) is an American jazz guitarist born in Newport Beach, California. Alden has recorded many albums for Concord Records, including four with seven-string guitar innovator George Van Eps.
Howard Vincent Alden was born in Newport Beach, California in 1958. He grew up in Huntington Beach, playing piano, harmonica, the four-string tenor guitar, and then four-string banjo at age ten. After hearing recordings of Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and other jazz guitar greats, he got a six-string guitar and started teaching himself to play. As a teenager he played both instruments at venues in the Los Angeles area. He studied guitar with Jimmy Wyble when he was 16. In 1977–78 he studied jazz guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood with Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, and Howard Roberts. At GIT he assisted Roberts in organizing and preparing curriculum materials. Alden then conducted some of his own classes at GIT.
Alden moved to New York City in 1982 to play an extended engagement at the Café Carlyle with jazz pianist/songwriter Joe Bushkin. Soon afterward, he was discovered by Joe Williams and Woody Herman. In 1983 he was already collaborating with Dick Hyman, when he appeared with him and a host of other musicians at Eubie Blake's one-hundredth birthday concert.
With Dan Barrett he created the Alden-Barrett Quintet in 1985 and played in a swing style, as he has most of his career. He also began partnerships with Kenny Davern and Jack Lesberg. He joined George Van Eps, inventor of the seven-string guitar, on tour and recorded albums with him, switching to the seven-string himself in 1992.
Sweet and Lowdown
Alden recorded the guitar performances for Sean Penn's character Emmet Ray in Woody Allen's 1999 film Sweet and Lowdown, and taught Penn how to mime the performances for the film. The score also featured Bucky Pizzarelli on rhythm guitar and arrangements by pianist Dick Hyman.
- Best Emerging Guitar Talent – 1990, JazzTimes
- Talent Deserving Wider Recognition – 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, Down Beat
- Guitar Player of the Year – 2003, American Guitar Museum
- Top 75 Guitarists – 2008, Down Beat
|1985||No Amps Allowed||Howard Alden & Jack Lesberg||Chiaroscuro|
|1986||Swing Street||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|1988||Swinging into Prominence||Howard Alden||Famous Door/Jazzology|
|1988||Plays the Music of Harry Reser (with Dick Hyman)||Howard Alden||Stomp Off|
|1989||The Howard Alden Trio Plus Special Guests Ken Peplowski & Warren Vache||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|1989||The ABQ Salutes Buck Clayton||Howard Alden & Dan Barrett||Concord Jazz|
|1990||Snowy Morning Blues with Monty Alexander||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|1991||13 Strings with George Van Eps||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|1991||Misterioso||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|1991||Hand-Crafted Swing||Howard Alden & George Van Eps||Concord Jazz|
|1992||Good Likeness||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|1993||Seven & Seven||Howard Alden & George Van Eps||Concord Jazz|
|1994||Keepin' Time||Howard Alden & George Van Eps||Concord Jazz|
|1994||Your Story: The Music of Bill Evans||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|1994||Encore! Live at Centre Concord||Howard Alden & Ken Peplowski||Concord Jazz|
|1995||Concord Jazz Guitar Collective||Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno||Concord Jazz|
|1996||Take Your Pick||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|2001||The Jazz KENnection||Kenny Davern & Ken Peplowski||Arbors|
|2001||Live in Belfast||Frank Tate||Nagel-Heyer|
|2002||My Shining Hour||Howard Alden||Concord Jazz|
|2003||In a Mellow Tone||Howard Alden & Bucky Pizzarelli||Concord Jazz|
|2004||Live in '95||Howard Alden & Dan Barrett||Concord Jazz|
|2005||Everything I Love||Howard Alden & Dave Cliff||Zephyr|
|2006||Howard Alden's UK 4 Live at Lewes||Howard Alden||Woolf Notes|
|2006||Maurice Hines: To Nat King Cole With Love||Maurice Hines||Arbors|
|2006-05-08||Dialogues||with Kenny Davern||Arbors|
|2007||Howard Alden and Ken Peplowski's Pow-Wow||Howard Alden and Ken Peplowski||Arbors|
|2010||I Remember Django||Howard Alden, feat. Anat Cohen & Warren Vaché||Arbors|
|2013||Heavy Artillery||Howard Alden-Andy Brown Quartet||Delmark 5008|
|2014||Guitar||Howard Alden – Solo Seven-String Guitar||K2B2 Records 4469|
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- Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encycolpedia. London: Penguin Books. pp. 6–7. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.
- Yanow, Scott (2000). Swing: Third Ear—The Essential Listening Companion. Backbeat Books. p. 388. ISBN 0-87930-600-9.
- "Howard Alden @ Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR". Retrieved 2007-06-04.
- Levin, Floyd (2002). Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians. University of California Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-520-23463-4.
- "Benedetto Guitars profile". Retrieved 2007-06-04.
- Bailey, Peter J. (2003). The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen. University Press of Kentucky. p. 310. ISBN 0-8242-0493-X.
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