He may be the best of his generation, writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists. And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is ...one of the very finest young guitarists working today.
It seems that the only thing regarding Howard Alden on which the critics have debate is whether the remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best.
Born in Newport Beach, California, in 1958, Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps. Soon he was working professionally around Los Angeles playing in groups ranging from traditional to mainstream to modern jazz. In 1979, Alden went east, for a summer in Atlantic City with Red Norvo, and continued to perform with him frequently for several years.
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Howard Alden belongs to a small, elite group of the very best jazz guitarists in the world. - Johnny Smith