Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Howard, David (Russell)
Howard, David (Russell), guitarist, composer, arranger, educator. b. New Haven, Conn. 3 November 1954. His mother is Lenora Yohans and his father is Dr. Russell Howard. His brother is Robert Howard (b.1957) and his sister is Karen Howard (b.1952).
Lived in Hamden Conn. until 1977 when David moved to the Boston Mass. area. Started guitar lessons at the age of 7 in Conn and took them until the age of 14. David became involved in jazz at the age of 15 or 16 in high school jazz groups. David grew up in Hamden listening to BB King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and Johnny Winters, to Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Sal Salvador, and Larry Coryell. By the age of 17 he was playing clubs in the New Haven, New York area.
At 18 he enrolled at the University of Bridgeport where Sal Salvador was his teacher. He earned a BM degree and studied the following year with Larry Coryell. At 25 Dave moved to Boston where he worked as a freelance guitarist and composer / arranger. He worked with the Dave Rasmussin Big Band and performed on the "Autumn Leaves" recording. He was a member of several groups, "Shine" a Boston based jazz/rock group that preformed at music festivals and colleges in the New England area. David was also the guitarist for the "Joe Parillo Ensemble". He has recorded, composed and co-produced three CDs with Joe Parillo "Clouds", "Almost Carefree" and "Block Island Summer" that have received good reviews and airplay in the United States. Dave earned a Masters degree from New England Conservatory in 1990 and studied with Jimmy Guiffre, Bob Moses, George Russell, Mick Goodrick and Charlie Bancos. He performed with Jimmy Guiffre's and George Russell's Big Band during his studies at New England Conservatory.
In 1989 Dave started teaching at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he is currently Assistant Professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production and Guitar Department. In addition to Berklee, he remains active as a solo artist, clinician, sideman and performs a variety of styles throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. Mr. Howard's first recording under his name is "Souvenirs" with Kenwood Dennard on drums and James Stinnett on bass. The "Souvenirs" recording started a series of summer tours of Italy for David. In 1989 (August) David performed a three-week tour in Calabria Italy of various jazz clubs and the Jazz & Vento Festival in Cortale, Italy on August 13th. with European TV and radio coverage. He returns every year since 1998, involved with festivals, clinics, and recordings. David Howard lives in Stoneham, Massachusetts with his wife Vincenza and their two children Gabriella b.1986, Jordan b.1990.
Additional recordings as guitarist and composer/arranger:
The 50th Anniversary Faculty Composer Series (1997); Meditations Of The Heart (1997); Oasis Jazz (2001); Calabria (2002)