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Take Five With Dr. Joseph D. Howell

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Meet Joseph David Howell:Dr. Joseph D. Howell has gone from being a mostly self- taught musician from a poor small-town family to earning a Doctor of Musical Arts from a prestigious conservatory. Today he professionally performs, composes, and teaches music of many styles and instruments while maintaining an artistic focus on jazz clarinet and sax. Instrument(s):Clarinet, tenor sax, and others.Teachers and/or influences?Jazz Teachers: Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Gary Pratt, Matt Harris, Rob Lockart, and Rick Helzer.I knew I wanted to be a musician when...I put two ...

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Joseph Howell: Jazz Clarinet Now

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"Don't judge a book--or CD--by its cover" may be a cliché, but it's still good advice. Joseph Howell's Jazz Clarinet Now features a smiling picture of Howell, neatly attired in a suit and tie, a high-and-tight haircut, and thin-framed glasses. Prominently holding his clarinet, the cover screams old-timey, Benny Goodman Swing-era period piece. Of course, the problem with judging a CD by its cover is, sometimes you get caught with your pants down. Jazz Clarinet Now is one of the best stick records in recent memory, despite a few warts. The clarinet can be an old-fashioned sounding instrument, ...



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