Born: December 16, 1980
...A brilliant virtuoso whose complete control over the clarinet and originality as both an improviser and a composer are very impressive... - Scott Yanow, world-famous jazz writer 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. Joseph Howell grew up in the rural town of Porterville, California. Though he played the clarinet in the school band programs from fourth grade on, it was not until he began college that he received formal private instruction on his instruments...
Awards• 3 years of merit-based jazz scholarships toward partial tuition at the New England Conservatory of Music (Fall 2005- Spring 2008). • Full tuition scholarship from San Diego State University Music Department, towards my studies for a Master’s of Music degree in jazz performance (Fall 2003-Spring 2005) • 4 years of jazz scholarships and awards from California State University Northridge Music Department (Fall 1999- Spring 2003), including the Ted Gould Memorial Scholarship (2000-2001). • Full tuition scholarship to attend CSU Summer Arts at California State University Fresno. Summer 2003. • Received certificates from International Association of Jazz Educators, for clarinet/tenor sax solos at IAJE conferences in Long Beach (Jan 9-12, 2002), University of Northern Colorado (April 25-27, 2002), and Tulare (1996). Received “Top Soloist of the Day” award in Tulare (March 1999). • Chosen for a scholarship from the Fresno Big Band Dance Society in Summer 2003. • Won 2nd place in the national Lincoln C. Selleck “Bix Lives” Jazz Award. Subsequently featured in Down Beat magazine (June 1999 issue) and received Monache High School’s “Outstanding Acheivement in State Level Competition” Award. • Received 2nd place “Berklee in L.A.” Award for outstanding musicianship, in 1999. • Received Stanford Jazz Workshop “Award for Outstanding Soloist, and Outstanding Achievement.” 1998. • Received the following scholarships to attend various jazz camps during high school years…Fresno Dixieland Society (1996, 1997), Helena Traditional Jazz Society (1996, 1997), See’s Candies (1998), Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society (1998), Fresno Big Band Dance Society (1998). • Received 1999 E. R. Berryhill Award from Monache High School. • Received Sierra Traditional Jazz Society’s $500 College Scholarship. 1999. • Offered a partial tuition scholarship to attend Berklee School of Music. 1998. • Received Melissa Rauber Memorial Scholarship. 1999. • Received Porterville Elks Lodge Scholarship. 1999. • Received Cal and Eleanor Nelson Jazz Scholarship. 1999.
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