Howard Alden

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Howard Alden

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Born = birth date and age|1958|10|17
Newport Beach, California, United States
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Origin = New York City
Instrument = Guitar, banjo
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Genre = Jazz
Occupation = Musician
Years_active = 1982–present
Label = Concord
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Howard Alden (born Birth date and age|1958|10|17) is an American jazz guitarist born in Newport Beach, California. He has recorded a long series of albums for Concord Records. His performances were dubbed over Sean Penn as 'Emmet Ray' in the 1999 Woody Allen film "Sweet and Lowdown". Howard has produced several albums with George Van Eps.


Early life

Howard Alden was born in Newport Beach, California in 1958. He began playing tenor guitar at age ten and the banjo in his teens. As a teenager he played both instruments at various venues in the Los Angeles area. [cite book| last = Yanow| first = Scott| authorlink = Scott Yanow| title = Swing: Third Ear--The Essential Listening Companion | publisher = Backbeat Books| date = 2000| page = p. 388| doi = | isbn = 0879306009] By 1977 he was studying jazz guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California with Howard Roberts. [cite web| last = | first = | title = Howard Alden @ Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz NPR| url=| accessdate = 2007-06-04 ]


Alden was discovered after moving to New York City in 1982 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. [cite book| last = Levin| first = Floyd| authorlink = Floyd Levin| title = Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians | publisher = University of CaliforniaPress| date = 2002| page = p. 134| doi = | isbn = 0520234634] In 1985 Alden signed with Concord Jazz record label, and has since recorded many albums with them.

Personal life

Alden lives in Manhattan with his wife Terrie Richards Alden, a singer. [cite web| last = | first =| title = Benedetto Guitars profile| url=| accessdate = 2007-06-04 ]

Other endeavors

He helped teach actor Sean Penn to play guitar in the Woody Allen film "Sweet and Lowdown", instructing him on finger placement. Alden also performed much of the music for the film along with Bucky Pizzarelli, with the music arranged by pianist Dick Hyman. [cite book| last = Bailey| first = Peter J.| authorlink = | title = The Reluctant Film Art of Woody Allen | publisher = University Press of Kentucky| date = 2003| page = p. 310| doi = | isbn = 082420493X]


*1990 - "Best Emerging Guitar Talent" poll winner in JazzTimes
*1992 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Downbeat
*1993 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Downbeat
*1995 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Downbeat
*1996 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Downbeat


External links

* [ Howard Alden] Official site
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See also

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