Howard Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1929.
He began playing guitar at age 8 and by age 15 was
playing gigs in and around the Phoenix area. In 1950 (at
age 20) Howard decided to move to Los Angeles, and
through hard work and the invaluable assistance of fellow
guitarist/arranger-composer Jack Marshall, Howard met
and began playing with some of L.A.'s very best
musicians, including Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton and
Barney Kessel. This led to a job with Bobby Troup and
circa 1956 to a solo recording contract with Verve
Records. At around that same time as he signed with
Verve, Howard decided to concentrate on
recording/studio work - work that he would do nearly non-
stop until the early 1970's.
Howard's studio career has to be one of the most prolific