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Ollie Howell

Ollie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, composer and bandleader. Currently based in London, and already establishing a name for himself both in the UK and abroad, Ollie is wowing audiences around the globe with his creativity, dynamism and stunning improvisation, as well as a critically acclaimed debut album ‘Sutures and Stitches’.

Since 2009, Ollie has also become a mentee of musical legend Quincy Jones. After first watching Ollie perform, Quincy quickly became Ollie’s mentor and is continually helping to propel his career.

In 2014, Ollie was awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, in association with Sky and Ideas Tap, and is the first ever jazz recipient to receive this prestigious accolade.


Sky Academy Arts Scholarship (2014). Peter Whittingham Development Award (Help Musician's UK, 2012). Music Innovation Award - National Welsh-American Foundation (2009).


“An unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn’t believe it. This kid really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat that I believe has what it takes to make a life out of music.” - Quincy Jones

“Here is a young man who is fully prepared to be a great new addition to the music. He’s loaded with talent!” - Jimmy Cobb

“Featuring punctilious percussion and warm, open compositions that never strain to impress, the music has a delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty.” – MOJO Magazine

“Drummer of the moment” – Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3

“A truly remarkable record..

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Sutures and Stitches

Whirlwind Recordings



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