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“A master class in banjo—a tour de force”
Eddy Davis-Leader/banjoist - Woody Allen & the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, Inductee into the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame in 2006
Banjojazz is Howard Alden, Jack Convery, Gary Neuman, and Bob Scott
About Howard Alden
"He may be the best of his generation," writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is "the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists." And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is "...one of the very finest young guitarists working today."
It seems that the only thing regarding Howard Alden on which the critics have debate is whether the remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best.
Alden famously coached Sean Penn on how to play the guitar and soloed on the guitar sound track for Penn’s role as a Django-style guitarist in the 1999 Woody Allen movie, Sweet and Lowdown. This association has followed him and spawned more than one Django-themed tour for Alden. Beyond this, Alden remains the consummate keeper of the flame for traditional jazz guitar. He has continued to win accolades from critics and musicians alike, adding Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to his list of impressive credits.
Howard Alden has been a Concord Jazz recording artist since the late '80s where his prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman, has captured an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality. About Banjojazz Banjojazz, a term coined by Jack Convery, was named for an all American creation- Jazz Music.- and for an American instrument, the banjo. Playing banjo since they were 10 years old, Jack Convery and Howard Alden have been musical friends for over 40 years. Jack founded banjojazz records, the Banjo Snowtrain, and the annual Summer Jazz Banjo Festival at St. Mary’s college in to promote the banjo on the west coast. The group Banjojazz was formed from Jacks favorite N. California musicians, Steve Hanson on Bass, Gary Neuman, piano, and Bob Scott, drums, (toured and recorded with Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, and Dan Hicks). All of these fine Musicians were skilled in all styles from Ragtime to Blues. In there new CD, titled BANJOJAZZ, Howard & Jack pay tribute to the greats that inspired them- Eddy Peabody, Perry Bechtal, Jelly Roll Morton, Harry Reser, Luiz Bonfa ,Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and DJango Reinhart. Banjojazz is keeping the rich heritage of American music alive from ragtime to Jazz. C0NTACT INFO: JACK CONVERY, ENTLINE@MAC.COM ,
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