Jazz and blues with pizzazz and passion!
Howard has the entertainment flair of an actress and the gift of telling
a story with every word. Her concerts combine great jazz, funk and
Latin vocals with meaningful interpretation of lyrics, jazz history,
audience participation and sheer fun.
Also an award-winning and critically acclaimed actress, Howard brings
her flair for comic and dramatic acting to her performances, which are
as much about touching the hearts of audience members as performing a
song. Her repertoire includes the Great American Songbook, plus little
known gems and original compositions.
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-05-10
I grew up with classical music and musical theater. The first time I heard jazz was the Charlie Brown Christmas special when Vince Gauraldi blew me away as a kid. I wanted to hear more! Then I took flute in Junior High and High School band. Someone introduced me to Herbie Mann and gave me a song book that I think was transcriptions of his work--WA-A-Y too advanced for me! But I loved hearing that improvisation and continued to be intrigued with this music for which I still didn't even really have a name. In my era it was all rock and folk and funk (all of which I love, too).
Much, much later I took vocal lessons, got back into musical theater, and then started singing jazz with veterans Clifford Murphy and Claude Black in Toledo Ohio. I love the structured improvisation and creativity of jazz and the beautiful songs of the swing and sing eras. From there my interest grew and I started studying in earnest, singing with bands, and forming my own bands. Now I'm a professional vocalist in New York--I never dreamed that "Charlie Brown" would begin my journey to this place!