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“I have the deepest respect for his musical abilities. He walks in the same path as the great ones: Joe Henderson, Don Myrick to be mentioned in the same light. I have a great belief in his talents. He will continue to make contributions in the time to come.” Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire

“Streetwise yet spiritual tenor sax”, All About Jazz

“He embodies the simplicity of elegance…”, KCSM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Station

“The charismatic, communicative jazz saxophonist from San Francisco brings out the role of jazz as a grassroots art form…Jazz expert or not, you can internalize the emotional effect”, Jazzradio 101.9 Berlin

“Vivendo de Pao is keeping the samba torch burning…featuring the superb sax/vocals of Richard Howell.”, Jesse “Chuy” Varela, Latin Beat


Richard Howell has explored a vast spectrum of music. His powerful, sensually melodic saxophone playing has been heard with artists as diverse and definitive as blues/jazz/soul legends Etta James, Chaka Khan, Maurice White, Narada Michael Walden, Della Reese, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden, Hilton Ruiz, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Guy, Bobby Watson, Regina Carter, Jimmy Smith, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, Ledisi, Taj Mahal, Christian Scott, Azar Lawrence,to such progressive Latin/Afro/rhythmic pioneers as Willie Bobo, Bill Summers, Airto Moreira, Pete Escovedo, Mingo Lewis, John Santos, James Henry His prodigious skills and talents as producer and musician have been shared with Babatunde Lea, Vivendo de Pao, The Mo’ Rockin Project, Omar Sosa, el Houssaine Kili, Upsurge, The Supplicants. In summer 2008, Richard was guest performer with Carlos Santana in Leipzig, Germany. He was a special guest of Salif Keita at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California. Richard has also performed at the Mali Music Conservatory with Fra Fra Sound and Tumani Dibate in Bamako, Mali, West Africa.

Richard Howell about himself:
“Growing up in Southern California I was exposed to a wide variety of cultures that made me explore a few things: what made the people of these cultures dance and sing and what made them smile? The culmination of these music forms helped and inspired me to create what I refer to as “Bridge Music”: it has its roots in all the music that excites me. It is music that bridges the present to the future with respect of the music of the past. Jazz is the influential element.

WE ARE ALL CONNECTED was inspired by an article I read about how DNA connects us all in our shared humanity.
Although some people label this album “spirited jazz pop” I still consider it as “Bridge Music”: the music of the future with energy in the style and tradition of the great John Coltrane

Richard Howell’s main base is in California but twice a year he teaches jazz history at schools throughout Germany . He is also available as a solo musician, with a trio, quartet or quintet for private or corporate events and festivals.

Richard Howell educator-
Worked with the esteemed Dr.Brown the developer of SFJazz program Jazz In The Middle , James Henry’s Samba Samba Workshops, San Francisco Symphony Adventures In Music Program , instructor with Oaktown Jazz Workshops . Highly successful relationship with European Schools with Richard Howell JazzTree Educational Workshop -Lecture Series.


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