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Dr. Joseph D. Howell

”...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. Music was largely forced upon Joseph until he first heard a jazz group in New Orleans Square in Disneyland in the summer before his eighth grade year. Jazz was something he had not heard much before and the sounds instantly attracted him. It was not long until he began to consider learning to play this new kind of music. During this time, he added the tenor saxophone to his arsenal of instruments in order to become a member of the school big bands. The intense enjoyment of jazz gave Joseph the dedication to music that soon made him thrive in the school bands and jazz bands. His obsessive practicing got him into County and State Honor Bands and Wind Ensembles, as well as Honor Jazz Bands

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REVIEWS AND PUBLICATION/RADIO MENTIONS • Featured on “Clarinet Corner,” a weekly program Troy University Public Radio hosted by clarinet professor Timothy Phillips. April 7, 2013. The program is devoted to a different clarinetist each week. • Howell’s CD, “JAZZ CLARINET NOW,” was reviewed by Eliot Caroom in The Baltimore Jazz Alliance Newsletter. November 2012. Review Highlights: “…there’s a really nice mix of melodic straight-ahead jazz (see ‘Blues for a Sicilian Friend’ and ‘The Phone Call’) with more out-sounding music. File the third track, ‘The Pot Melts,’ under out-sounding…This is the hip track you’d share with friends if you wanted to get their attention…There’s a lot to like here, running the gamut from tight traditional tunes to looser, freer, freakier stuff…” – Eliot Caroom, Baltimore Jazz Alliance Newsletter

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Primary Instrument

Clarinet

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

COLLEGE TEACHING EXPERIENCE Undergraduate Courses • Fundamentals of Music Theory. Teaching Fellowship: Music Theory Department, New England Conservatory of Music. Fall 2007-Spring 2008. • Keyboard II and III (Labs of Tonal Practice II and III). Music Theory Deparment, NEC. Spring 2008. Teaching Assistantships • Teaching Assistant to Allan Chase. Jazz Styles: 1917-1955. NEC. Spring 2008. • Teaching Assistant to Katarina Markovic-Stokes. Expressionism in Music. NEC. Spring 2006. Ensembles Directed • Non-Majors’ Jazz Ensemble. Teaching Fellowship: Jazz Studies Department, New England Conservatory. Fall 2006 through Spring 2008. • Jazz Combo #3. San Diego State University. Fall 2004. OTHER CLASSROOM TEACHING EXPERIENCE • Full-Time Band Director for the Paul Effman Music Service. Fall 2010-Spring 2011. Taught beginning band instrument classes at eight private schools in the San Diego area. • Assistant Beginning Music Teacher at Bertrand’s Music (San Diego, CA). June 2004 through August 2004. 5th grade classes (2-30 students each). Beginning clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and violin. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION AND SECTION-COACHING EXPERIENCE Approximately 15 years of private studio instruction experience. Lessons given: beginning clarinet, recorder, trumpet, saxophone, classical piano, flute, jazz improvisation, rock drumset, jazz drumset, snare drum fundamentals, and jazz piano; advanced clarinet, saxophone, jazz improvisation, jazz theory, jazz piano comping, big band interpretation, and jazz composition/arranging.

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