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.
Alden performing in 2007
|Birth name||Howard Vincent Alden|
October 17, 1958|
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Instruments||Seven-string guitar, tenor banjo|
|Labels||Concord, Nagel-Heyer, Arbors|
|Associated acts||George Van Eps, Dan Barrett, Ken Peplowski|
Howard Vincent Alden was born in Newport Beach, California on October 17, 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.
He moved to New York City in 1982 to play an extended engagement at the Café Carlyle with jazz pianist/songwriter Joe Bushkin. Soon afterwards, 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.
Alden formed the Alden-Barrett Quintet in 1985 with Dan Barrett, which played in the swing idiom, as he has done for most of his career. He also began partnerships with Ruby Braff, Kenny Davern and Jack Lesberg. He joined George Van Eps, innovator of the seven-string guitar, on tour and recorded albums with him, switching to the seven-string himself in 1992.
Sweet and LowdownEdit
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.
|1987||Swinging into Prominence||Famous Door|
|1988||No Amps Allowed||Jack Lesberg||Chiaroscuro|
|1989||Plays the Music of Harry Reser||Dick Hyman||Stomp Off|
|1989||The Howard Alden Trio Plus Special Guests Ken Peplowski & Warren Vaché||Concord|
|1989||The ABQ Salutes Buck Clayton||Dan Barrett||Concord|
|1990||Snowy Morning Blues||Concord|
|1991||13 Strings||George Van Eps||Concord|
|1992||Hand-Crafted Swing||Van Eps||Concord|
|1993||A Good Likeness||Concord|
|1993||Seven & Seven||Van Eps||Concord|
|1994||Your Story: The Music of Bill Evans||Concord|
|1995||Encore! Live at Centre Concord||Ken Peplowski||Concord|
|1995||Concord Jazz Guitar Collective||Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola||Concord|
|1995||Keepin' Time||Van Eps||Concord|
|1996||Take Your Pick||Concord|
|1998||Full Circle||Jimmy Bruno||Concord|
|2002||My Shining Hour||Concord|
|2003||In a Mellow Tone||Bucky Pizzarelli||Concord|
|2004||Live in '95||Dan Barrett||Concord|
|2010||All I Ask Is Love||Bob Greene, Bobby Gordon||GHB|
|2010||I Remember Django||Arbors|
|2011||A Splendid Trio||Scott Hamilton, Frank Tate||Arbors|
|2013||Heavy Artillery||Andy Brown||Delmark|
With Ruby Braff
- Me, Myself and I (Concord, 1989)
- Bravura Eloquence (Concord, 1990)
- New England Songhounds Vol. 1 (Concord, 1991)
- New England Songhounds Vol. 2 (Concord, 1992)
- Cornet Chop Suey (Concord, 1994)
- As Time Goes By (Candid, 1997)
- Braff Plays Wimbeldon: The First Set (Zephyr, 1997)
- Braff Plays Wimbeldon: The Second Set (Zephyr, 1998)
- Born to Play (Arbors, 1999)
- In Concert at Beacon Jazz Festival 1991 (2000)
- The Cape Codfather (Arbors, 2000)
- Music for the Still of the Night (Arbors, 2001)
- Watch What Happens (Arbors, 2002)
- Variety Is the Spice of Life (Arbors, 2002)
- Our Love Is Here to Stay (Arbors, 2010)
With Kenny Davern
- One Hour Tonight (Musicmasters, 1988)
- I'll See You in My Dreams (Musicmasters, 1989)
- My Inspiration (Musicmasters, 1991)
- Breezin' Along (Arbors, 1997)
- Smiles (Arbors, 1999)
- The Jazz KENnection (Arbors, 2001)
- Dialogues (Arbors, 2007)
With Scott Hamilton
With Susannah McCorkle
- I'll Take Romance (Concord, 1992)
- From Bessie to Brazil (Concord, 1993)
- Easy to Love (Concord, 1995)
- Someone to Watch Over Me (Concord, 1998)
With Ken Peplowski
- Sonny Side (Concord, 1989)
- Illuminations (Concord, 1991)
- Concord Duo Series Vol. 3 (Concord, 1993)
- Steppin' with Peps (Concord, 1993)
- Live at Ambassador Auditorium (Concord, 1994)
- It's a Lonesome Old Town (Concord, 1995)
- Grenadilla (Concord, 1998)
With Flip Phillips
- A Real Swinger (Concord, 1988)
- Try a Little Tenderness (Chiaroscuro, 1992)
- John & Joe Revisited (Chiaroscuro, 1998)
- Swing Is the Thing (Verve, 2000)
With Bobby Short
With Warren Vache
- Easy Going (Concord, 1987)
- Mrs. Vache's Boys (Nagel-Heyer, 1993)
- Talk to Me Baby (Muse, 1995)
- Remember (Nagel-Heyer, 2007)
- Steve Allen, Steve Allen Plays Jazz Tonight (Concord, 1993)
- Charlie Byrd, The Washington Guitar Quintet (Concord, 1992)
- Benny Carter, I'm in the Mood for Swing (Musicmasters, 1988)
- Dick Hyman, Cheek to Cheek (Arbors, 1996)
- John Lewis, Evolution II (Atlantic, 2001)
- Butch Miles, Cookin (Nagel-Heyer, 1995) a.k.a. Soulmates (Nagel-Heyer, 2002)
- The Newport Jazz Festival All–Stars (Concord, 1985)
- Houston Person, So Nice (HighNote, 2011)
- Bucky Pizzarelli, A Portrait (Stash, 1992)
- Mel Powell, The Return of Mel Powell (Chiaroscuro, 1987)
- Chuck Redd, Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All the Time (Arbors, 2006)
- Carol Sloane, When I Look in Your Eyes (Concord, 1994)
- Mel Torme, A Tribute to Bing Crosby (Concord, 1994)
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- 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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