Saxophonist Richard Howell is a secret weapon of the Bay Area’s music scene, and has been aptly described as a jazz “Jedi master” by KQED. Howell and Sudden Changes, a stellar cast of dynamic musicians dedicated to the performance of soulful Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Pop music, present an enriching musical concert. Your feet will be moving and your heart will be singing all night long!
ABOUT RICHARD HOWELL
Multi-instrumentalist, saxophonist, vocalist, Richard Howell has explored a vast spectrum of music. His powerful, sensually melodic saxophone playing has been heard with artists as diverse and definitive as blues/jazz/soul legends Etta James, Chaka Khan, Maurice White, Narada Michael Walden, Della Reese, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins, Charlie Haden, Hilton Ruiz, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Guy, Bobby Watson, Regina Carter, Jimmy Smith, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Louis Walker, Ledisi, Taj Mahal, Christian Scott, Azar Lawrence, to such progressive Latin/Afro/rhythmic pioneers as Willie Bobo, Bill Summers, Airto Moreira, Pete Escovedo, Mingo Lewis, John Santos, and the Motels.
His prodigious skills and talents as producer and musician have been shared with Babatunde Lea, Vivendo de Pao, The Mo’ Rockin Project, Omar Sosa, el Houssaine Kili, Upsurge, The Supplicants.
In summer 2008, Richard was guest performer with Carlos Santana in Leipzig, Germany. He was a special guest of Salif Keita at Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley, California. Richard has also performed at the Mali Music Conservatory with Fra Fra Sound and Tumani Dibate in Bamako, Mali, West Africa.
Mr. Howell has performed in such famous venues as the Tonight Show, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl and the Royal Albert Hall.