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Howard Alden Quartet - Django

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Dante Club

2330 Fair Oaks Boulevard

Sacramento, CA 95825

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Howard Vincent Alden, grew up in Huntington Beach playing piano, harmonica, and the four-string tenor-guitar. At age ten, after hearing recordings of Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, and Django Reinhard, among others, he got a six-string and started teaching himself to play. As a teenager he played both instruments at venues in the Los Angeles area, and at 16 began studying with Jimmy Wade. He would later enroll at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood with Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, and Howard Roberts.

In the summer of 1979, he made his way to the east coast, playing in a trio led by vibraphonist Red Norvo for several months in Atlantic City. Moving to New York, he performed an extended engagement at the Café Carlyle with jazz pianist/songwriter Joe Bushkin. Soon afterwards, 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.

Alden formed the Alden-Barrett Quintet in 1985 with Dan Barrett, which played in the swing idiom, as he has done for most of his career. He also began partnerships with Ruby Braff, Kenny Davern, and Jack Lesberg. He joined George Van Eps, innovator of the seven-string guitar, on tour and recorded albums with him, switching to the seven-string himself in 1992. Howard recorded the guitar performances for Sean Penn's character Emmet Ray in Woody Allen's 1999 film Sweet and Lowdown and taught Penn how to mime the performances for the film.

In recognition of what would have been Django Reinhardt’s 110th birthday (January 23, 1910), on January 27, 2020, SJC proudly welcomes Howard Alden back for his second performance with to coop, featuring “Django.” With Peter Barshay on bass, Curt Moore on drums, and special guest guitarist Steve Homan. Don’t miss it!

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