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Howard, Noah

Howard, Noah, alto saxophone, also tenor saxophone, voice, composer; b. New Orleans, LA, 6 April 1943. He studied music in the New Orleans Public School System after private tutors. He sang in choir as child.

In 1960 he began 2 yrs in military service, then moved to California. He studied music in California with jazz trumpeter Dewey Johnson, alto saxist Byron Allen and alto saxist Sonny Simmons. In 1965 he moved to New York, where he played with Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Bill Dixon, Donald Ayler, S. Murray, and Sonny Sharrock. He formed a quartet, recorded two albums for ESP (1965, 1966), and in 1969 joined Frank Wright's group with pianist Bobby Few and drummer Muhammad Ali and toured Europe with them in 1970 before leaving. Since then he has primarily led his own groups, divided time between NYC and Europe. He was involved with the NY Musicians Festival 1972-74.

He has performed with Kenny Clarke, Sun Ra, Boggie Boy, Archie Shepp, Gino Vanelli (Diamonds Awards), Johny Dyani, Chris Mcgregor, New Jazz All Stars, Art Taylor, Takashi Kako, Michael Smith, Andrew Cyrille, Wilbure Ware, Sunny Murray, Bille Dixon, Itaru Oki, Clifford Thorton, Leroy Jenkins, Ray Applenton, Ivo Van Der Borght, Alan Silva, Rasheid Ali, Bobby Few, Jan Verheyen, Khan Jamal, Francois Tusoues, Jack Gregg, George Brown, Art Lewis, Ron Burton, Walter Metz, Dirk Joris, Boulou Ferret, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Youssef Yancy, Louis Mohollo, Dave Burell, Han Bennick, Misha Mendelberg Oliver Jhonson, Kent Carter, Frank Wright, Albert Ayler, Donald Garret, Jerome Cooper, Chris Henderson, Frank Lowe, Milford Graves, Ted Daniels, Jean Jacques Avenell, Calyer Duncan,Wilber Morris,Bobby Kapp, Billy Bang, Sonny Murray, Bill Dixon and others.

Recordings:
Noah Howard Quartet (1966); At Judson Hall (1966); The Black Ark (1969); Patterns/Message to South Africa (1971, 1979); Live at the Village Vanguard (1972); Live in Europe-vol.1 (1975); Schizophrenic Blues: The Noah Howard Quartet Live in Berlin (1977); Live at Documenta IX (1992); In Concert (1997); Live at the Unity Temple (1997); Expatriate Kin (1997); Eve Packer- Noah Howard Trio: West from 42nd (1997); Between two eternities (1999); J. Emanuel & Noah Howard: Middle Passage (2001); Dreamtime (2001);  Eve Packer & Noah Howard: Window 9/11 (2002); Live in Paris; Uhuru Na Umoja; Space Dimension; Migration

As sideperson:
Archie Shepp: Black Gypsy (1969); Frank Wright: One for John (1969); D. Ayler (unreleased); Chris Chalfan: Convergence (1997); Kenny Clarke: Red Star

Radio and television broadcasts:
BRTN (Belgian Radio & Television)
VTM (Belgian commercial Television)
FRANCE 3
SUDEFUNK (German Television)
VPRO (Dutch Television)
RAI (Italian Radio & Television)
DR (Danish Radio)
KJAZ (San Francisco)
Swedisch national radio
Vooruit Ghent

Films and videos:
Noah Howard "live in Ghent"
Noah Howard "live at the Vision festival", New York, 2002
Noah Howard "back to the future", Knitting factory, New York,2001
Noah Howard in concert in Brussels 96
Noah Howard and his Migration orchestra Brussels, Jazz rally 95

Bibliography:
R. Williams: "Noah: a Child of the Avant-Garde," MM, xlvi (28 Aug 1971), 14
R. Terlizzi; "Noah Howard Interview," Coda, no.146 (1976), 10 [incl. discography]
H. Rock: "Noah Howard Interview," Cadence, ii/12 (1977), 3
Swing Journal (Japan)
Jazz Magazine (France)
Cadence Magazine (Usa)
Jazzman Magazine (France)
Lrockuptibles Magazine (France)
Jazzhot Magazine (France)
Signal To Noise Magazine (Usa)
Om Jazz Magazine (Sweden)
Coda Jazz Magazine (Usa)
Galaway Times (Scotland)
New York Times (Ouarter Page 1980)

Websites:
Soninetartist.Info.Com
www.Ayler Records.Com
University Of Chicago Jazz Archives
Smithsonian Jazz Archives

Contact information:
WWW.NOAHHOWARD.COM
noah@noahhoward.com
medmuse@pandora.be

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