Howard Alden is a deft 7-string virtuoso with an encyclopedic knowledge of tunes, sophisticated phrasing, and subtle finesse on the guitar. As both a soloist and accompanist, he has worked with greats from Red Norvo, Joe Williams, and Woody Herman to Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Jack Wilkins, and George Van Eps.
Alden was inspired by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and George Van Eps. He was later to record several landmark albums with Van Eps for Concord Jazz Records. Additionally, his recording credits include Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, and Dizzy Gillespie. Howard can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1999 Woody Allen movie Sweet and Low Down, he also taught actor Sean Penn how to play guitar for the film.
Howard plays various custom 16-B models.
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“…utter assurance…crystalline sound, each note articulate and complete. His solos are succinct, orderly and swinging.” – The New Yorker