Howard Alden: 'Deed I Do

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Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins  and Howard Alden. Three Jazz guitar giants!

This clip is billed as a Howard Alden Trio piece, but it's unfair to single out any one player. Each one makes their unique contribution to the sound. The quaint atmosphere and great acoustics at the Futura Productions studio is  perfect for this tune, and the musicians are clearly having a great time. 

We dare you not to tap your toes!

Artist Info

Howard Alden Bio


  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 Early life
    • 1.2 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Other endeavors
  • 4 Awards
  • 5 Discography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Early life

Howard Alden was born in Newport Beach, California in 1958. He began playing the 4-string tenor guitar and banjo at age ten. After hearing recordings of Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and other jazz guitar greats, he got a six-string guitar and started teaching himself to play that as well. As a teenager he played both instruments at various venues in the Los Angeles area. He studied guitar with Jimmy Wyble when he was 16. By 1977 he was studying jazz guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California with Howard Roberts.


Alden made his first trip to the east coast in the summer of 1979, playing in a trio led by the legendary vibist Red Norvo for 3 months at Resorts International in Atlantic City. Alden moved to New York City in 1982 to play an extended engagement at the Café Carlyle with jazz pianist/songwriter Joe Bushkin. Soon afterward, he was discovered 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. In 1988 Alden signed with Concord Jazz record label, and recorded many albums with them over the following fifteen years as a bandleader and as a sideman.

Personal life

Alden lives in Manhattan.

Other endeavors

He taught actor Sean Penn to play guitar for his role as the legendary (but fictional) jazz guitarist "Emmett Ray" in the Woody Allen film "Sweet and Lowdown". Alden also performed most of the music for the film along with Bucky Pizzarelli on rhythm guitar, with the music arranged by pianist Dick Hyman.


  • 1990 - "Best Emerging Guitar Talent" poll winner in JazzTimes
  • 1992 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Down Beat
  • 1993 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Down Beat
  • 1995 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Down Beat
  • 1996 - "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" from Down Beat
  • 2008 - Recognized as one of the "Top 75 Guitarists" by Down Beat


Year Album Leader Label
1985 "No Amps Allowed" Howard Alden & Jack Lesberg Chiaroscuro
1986 "Swing Street" Howard Alden Concord Jazz
1988 "Swinging Into Prominence" Howard Alden Famous Door
1988 "Plays the Music of Harry Reser" Howard Alden Stomp Off
1989 "The Howard Alden Trio Plus Special Guests Ken Peplowski & Warren Vache" Howard Alden Concord Jazz
1989 "The ABQ Salutes Buck Clayton" Howard Alden & Dan Barrett Concord Jazz
1990 "Snowy Morning Blues" w/ Monty Alexander Howard Alden Concord Jazz
1991 "13 Strings" w/ George Van Eps Howard Alden Concord Jazz
1991 "Misterioso" Howard Alden Concord Jazz
1991 "Hand-Crafted Swing" Howard Alden & George Van Eps Concord Jazz
1992 "Good Likeness" Howard Alden Concord Jazz
1993 "Seven & Seven" Howard Alden & George Van Eps Concord Jazz
1994 "Keepin' Time" Howard Alden & George Van Eps Concord Jazz
1994 "Your Story: The Music of Bill Evans" Howard Alden Concord Jazz
1994 "Encore! Live at Centre Concord" Howard Alden & Ken Peplowski Concord Jazz
1995 "Concord Jazz guitar Collective" Howard Alden, Frank Vignola & Jimmy Bruno Concord Jazz
1996 "Take Your Pick" Howard Alden Concord Jazz
2001 "The Jazz KENnection" Kenny Davern & Ken Peplowski Arbors Records
2001 "Live In Belfast" Frank Tate Nagel-Heyer
2002 "My Shining Hour" Howard Alden Concord Jazz
2003 "In A Mellow Tone" Howard Alden & Bucky Pizzarelli Concord Jazz
2004 "Live In '95" Howard Alden & Dan Barrett Concord Jazz
2005 "Everything I Love" Howard Alden & Dave Cliff Zephyr Records
2006 "Howard Alden's UK 4 Live at Lewes" Howard Alden Woolf Notes
2006 "Maurice Hines: To Nat King Cole With Love" Maurice Hines Arbors Records
w/ Kenny Davern
Arbors Records
2007 "Howard Alden and Ken Peplowski's Pow-Wow" Howard Alden and Ken Peplowski Arbors Records
2010 "I Remember Django" Howard Alden - featuring Anat Cohen & Warren Vaché Arbors Records


External links

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